COURSE (training not resulting from an llp or previous socrates project)
THEMATIC FIELD OF THE TRAINING
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Natural sciences, biology and environment
LANGUAGES USED FOR THE TRAINING
OTHER LANGUAGE/S USED DURING THE TRAINING:
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
EDUCATION SECTOR OF THE TRAINING PARTICIPANTS
Adult education provider
Second chance or remedial education
Centres for guidance, councelling or accreditation
Other sectors of adult education
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
NAME OF THE ORGANISATION:
Homeodynamic Development S.A
STREET AND NUMBER:
Gouves - Lakonia
TOWN / CITY:
ORGANISER/S OF THE TRAINING:
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
Participants should pre-register for the course by contacting the Homeodynamic Development S.A (firstname.lastname@example.org). The organization will send the participant confirmation of their pre-registration and a pre-course questionnaire.
The pre-course questionnaire will cover the following items:
• Present training position
• Age of trainees and their reasons for learning
• Previous relevant experience
• English language level
• Educational needs
The aim of this questionnaire is to help us organize the course in order best to meet their needs both in terms of the methodological input sessions and the language development lessons. The questionnaire will give participants the opportunity to highlight their expectations, targets and experience and enhance the exchange of ideas and mutual learning processes.
When the participant confirms their attendance on the course they will receive an Info Kit containing:
• The course outline
• Suggested reading material
• A local map and details of their accommodation
• Inclusive and optional social activity programmes
Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse (Homeodynamic Development S.A.), which focuses on pilot educational activities, has developed an innovative methodology for the training of trainers (ToT) in sustainable development.
The main goal of the seminar is to promote awareness on sustainable living, as well as provide basic knowledge of the tools and methods to achieve this.
This course aims to provide an insight into the basic principles of sustainable water management, bioclimatic architecture, resource management and creation of self-sufficient personal or community spaces in both urban and rural environments.
The participants will learn about the hydrologic cycle and the urban water cycle, water saving and environmental practices and techniques, including water efficiency, rainwater harvesting, reused water, greywater recycling, decentralized wastewater treatment, etc. The course will also provide an understanding of the importance of sustainable agricultural water management practices, as well as the basic permaculture principles related to water management. Particular focus will be given to small scale developments and communities, as well as decentralised water management practices and systems; the case of “green islands” will provide a demonstration of such an approach.
Participants will be introduced in the bioclimatic architecture, providing an insight on the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources when designing the built environment and considering the living space. In this section we will present basic designing and planning principles with a sustainable approach such as orientation, solar gain, natural ventilation, natural shading, ecological materials, etc.
The seminar will also present an overview of how development and residential communities are putting pressure on our energy systems. We will present different “Systems thinking” for environmental issues on energy and resource management. Finally, we will introduce challenges and examples of best practices and experiences around the world for management of resources and energy policies giving tools for designing and living off grid.
The understanding of participants is going to be further enhanced by hands-on examples/ small participatory exercises of basic calculations and design, small-scale field work in Eumelia farm and related field trips.
The Eumelia ToT methodology is anchored on the following key principle:
- A trainee-centered curriculum tailored on the basis of a survey of training needs beforehand.
- A participatory approach, i.e. an interactive trainer-trainee relationship, so that the beneficiaries develop a strong sense of ownership through the examination/adoption of their ideas.
The methods used in this ToT are:
- Short historical reference using examples of rural traditional architecture in Greece
- Description of the basic designing and planning principles with a sustainable approach.
- Presentation of Eumelia’s approach on building efficiency and sustainability
- Case studies / examples designed by “aka lab” architects
- Simulation and Role playing games on resources management and “Systems Thinking”
- Design of realistic projects based on conditions examined on the ground in the framework of the Eumelia ToT courses.
- Hands-on team workshops: Construction of a solar cooker made of cob - construction of a sitting bench made of cob and mud bricks for future projects
- A thorough evaluation of the training course by all the participants, so that their feedback helps us capture possible weaknesses and retain what they have found useful.
- Not least of all, a relaxed natural setting that helps optimize team-work and maximize the performance of the beneficiaries.
Follow-up of the course will be achieved:
• By sharing a contact list of all the participants and trainers information.
• Through self-evaluation of lessons taught after the training event
• Through peer networking with the preparation of future projects.
• Eumelia is ready to develop a database tracking the performance of: (i) participants in the ToT courses and (ii) youth organisations benefiting from follow-up training.
After the course, teachers and trainers will have:
• a toolkit of user-friendly training resources that will be easy to adapt to specific audiences and their needs;
• a bibliography for each session, including relevant website addresses a network of contacts which will facilitate the exchange of training modules and innovative techniques.
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:
Get to know session
Extensive tour of Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse, an example of a sustainable rural ecotourism & agrotourism development project
Team building activities
Goals and structure of the seminar
Day 2: Water Management
Basic concept of hydrology and water management
Water sensitive cities, water efficient devices and practices (rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, reclaimed reused water)
Rural environments (sustainable agricultural practices, basic principles of permaculture water management)
Field work and exercises:
- Case study Eumelia farm natural black and grey water recycling system, rainwater harvesting design calculations.
- Reedbeds / natural wetland design calculation
Day 3: Day Visit
Visit to Castory:
- Local architecture,
- Water mills,
- Natural resource managment
- Sustainable village communities
- Hiking and traditional lunch
Day 4: Bioclimatic Architecture
Short historical reference using examples of rural traditional architecture in Greece. Comparison of building techniques from the Greek islands and the region of Mani.
Description of the basic designing and planning principles with a sustainable approach: Orientation, solar gain, natural ventilation, natural shading, ecological materials, etc.
Presentation of Eumelia’s approach on building efficiency and sustainability
Case studies / examples designed by aka lab architects
Introduction to earth as a building material
Hands-on team workshops: Construction of a solar cooker made of cob
Day 5: Resource management and “Systems Thinking” for environmental issues
Introduce trainees to the concept and practice of “Systems Thinking” for environmental issues
Living off grid – the challenges and examples of best practice and experience around the world.
Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits
Simulation and role playing game: Resource managment
Open discussion, future networks and cooperation.
Evaluation, feedback and recommendations