Spanish Envimobile training

Envimobile-Murcia

Murcia, a major city of the south-east region of Spain, is known for its vivid day- and nightlife, where the culture and the excellent gastronomy is for everyone not further than the arm’s length distance. Right here the last international training within the Envimobile project, prepared by the local organizing team led by Juan Diego Lopez Giraldo from Vita XXI at A+ grade level, took place.


A numerous group of participants from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Italy was accommodated in the city centre at Zenit hotel where most of the programme took place by the roundtables. In the late evening of the first day, the participants familiarize themselves with projects and training programme. E-A-R methodology, according to which the training participants will develop together 50 methodical materials for environmental education of children and youth, resonated on the agenda for the following day.

One of the outcomes of the project will be a database of 500 exercises in five language versions, which also applies another introduced methodology called CLIL – “Content and Language Integrated Learning”. CLIL is a way of teaching vocational subjects’ content (e.g. Ecology) through a foreign language. This methodology could have been practically experienced throughout the week by all training participants while being accompanied by colleagues from four different countries.

The organizers enriched the structure of training programme, as on the previous two trainings, with excursion to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. We visited the tourist Salinas Visitor Centre in San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park, where other lectures and workshops took place. Participants could admire the unique habitats of the Mediterranean and waterfowl, especially for this area typical pink flamingos, during the field excursions. During the excursion in the adjacent area of ​​the Visitor Centre, at the request of the governor of the national park, everyone’s attention focused on drainage canals of salt evaporation ponds. Later in the workshop – during the group design of public places, all participants created a proposal of revitalization for this area. After that a visit of the park trail followed. It led through the coastal wetlands to the beach, where everyone could relax a bit. Quiet Mar Menor lagoon with shallow water, which has the highest salinity in Europe, is a popular place for locals as well as tourists, not only because of the therapeutic effects of water and mud. In terms of ecology, we were reminded of the remarkable appearance of a relatively large population of sea horse, which unfortunately continues to decrease.

The following two days were focused on presentation of the methodology of design of public place and on creating exercises for mobile application “EcoUP”, which should help young people with expanding their knowledge and improving professional English in the field of environment. The end of the event included visit of rehabilitation zoo-station of National Park in El Valle, where an enthusiastic fieldworker presented us several educational methods practiced by the station in the field of the environmental education for children of regional schools.

We are happy that all three trainings were successful and that the feedback from participants was more than positive. At these events people from quite diverse focused areas met, but they have been united in common goals and desire to engage in an innovative project that improves the environmental education of young people. Also, during this training, the leaders from partner’s organizations discussed further possibilities of cooperation in this kind of projects. So we are looking forward to it.

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