Environmental Literacy


Conducted by: Agoritsa Mandraki, Greece, participant on all TOTAL editions

 

How long did the workshop last?

2 months, 2 groups, 80 hours in total (40 hours/group)

 

Target group:

The Second Chance Schools in Greece are equivalent to junior high school. The trainees are adults that for different reasons had quit school after primary education. I was in charge for 2 groups, one was composed from 6 trainees and the other from 9. The ages were variation between 32 and 68 years old.

 

Aims:

– To raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment.

– To promote the protection and conservation of the environment.

– To promote environmental appreciation, conservation work, civic-mindedness and social responsibility.

 

Learning outcomes you planned to achieve?

– Knowledge about environmental issues and dangers.

– Change in the way of thinking and practicing eco-friendly methods in everyday life.

– Practical skills and attitudes about environmental ethics and sustainability.

 

Results (were the learning outcomes met? What has the group learnt?)

The learning outcomes were successfully met and most of the trainees changed their attitude towards environmental issues, applying the knowledge they gained in everyday life and passing it also in their familiars. They were more aware of the social responsibility we have towards the environment and they proved it hands on.

 

What were the challenges for you in conducting the workshop? Was everything how you planed?

The trainees were unfamiliar with methods of non-formal education. This made them at first reluctant and it took more time than expected to get them fully engaged. Some of them were shy and not confident about themselves, while others were so eager to learn and contribute in the workshops that it took serious effort to keep balance between them and give everyone the same time.

 

What has changed in your approach towards trainer’s work?

I have learned how to quickly adapt my training tools in order to meet the needs of the trainees at the moment needed. I also designed new workshops and rearranged old ones in order to meet the aims of each session.

 

Which skills and knowledge gained on TOTAL did you use conducting the workshop?

I used tools and methods of non-formal education that were introduced or used in TOTAL. Methods of self-determination and evaluation about personal skills and competences and self-identification of the kind of trainer I am or want to be, that were used in TOTAL, gave me self-confidence and busted my working skills.