Envimobile training in Trenčianske Teplice

The third week of March 2015 was devoted to the first international training for teachers and other youth workers. It took place in Trenčianske Teplice, Slovak republic. In addition to beautiful early spring weather the entire event was characterized by enthusiastic mood of participants from Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The aim of the training was to teach participants how to develop methodological materials and exercises for mobile application, all focused on selected environmental topics. The mobile application will be multilingual and children will be able to improve their English, Spanish, Italian, Czech and Slovak environmental vocabulary. The main lecturers of the event were Adriana Kováčová from civil association “INnovative And Creative” (INAK) and Jozef Kahan from Tree of Life (Strom života).

At the beginning of the event, presentation of the project and the introduction of participants took place. Detailed presentation of E-A-R methodology, according to which teaching materials will be developed, was a key topic of the second day. Examples of good environmental practice and some interesting nature protection – based stories were presented by our Spanish partner Juan Diego Lopez Giraldo.

Subsequently teachers chose one of the 50 educational themes, which they will work on and elaborate in the following months. Selection of the educational themes emerged from the outcomes of the international needs analyses/survey carried out among teachers. 50 thematic themes are covered by seven key researched topics.

The programme also included discussions with the Mayor of Trenčianske Teplice, Mr Štefan Škultéty, who revived the working atmosphere of the training, providing participants with hearty welcome feeling. The discussion with the Mayor focused on sharing of experiences with realization of projects and on the issues of waste management of the town.

Another training part was allocated to design of a public place, which includes defining a local problem, its analysis and proposal of solutions. Beside their contribution to debate, the participants were introduced several examples of design of public places from all around the world. Within the project, each participant will prepare design of one´s own selected place in terms of sustainability and supporting environmental education in their local environment. In the training program, excursions to local nature trails in adjacent forests, the spa park visits and city center walks were included. Participants were able to actually experience some examples of local environmental practice and take part in implementation of design of concrete public place.

Please see short report of the training course below.


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