ERASMUS Intensive Program
on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Protected Areas

SUMMER SCHOOL, 6-19 July 2014, Amfissa, Greece
ESD in Protected Areas and Biosphere Reserves

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The Course

The course will be based on the main ESD principles and methods including critical thinking, participatory processes, interdisciplinary and systemic approaches, as well as skills enhancing employability. There will be provision during the design/development phase of the course so as that all sessions to be learner centered, task-driven and group and/or peer work. The content is based on the aforementioned book and will be enriched with real scenarios: e.g. learners may compare management plans of Designated Areas and draw conclusions; interview staff of DAs on the educational activities applied, etc.

Method of work
More particularly all sessions will include three parts:
(i) a type of introductory- formative activity to elicit students’ knowledge and skills on the session’s topic;
(ii) the basic theoretical presentation/lecture;
(iii) the implementation activity (workshop) during which the students will apply the new
knowledge i.e. issue analysis, problem solving exercises, future scenarios, values laden case studies, etc.
Furthermore, the course will include sessions devoted to field work and the use of ITs.

Participants will be evaluated frequently using various tools i.e. a short questionnaires, games, peer-evaluation, a reviewing exercise, etc. not only to assess their progress, but also in order to indicate whether some session should be adjusted to meet their needs. On the last day of the course students will participate in an evaluation session where they will have the opportunity to reflect on the course in its totality.


The course will address to post-graduates of all relevant disciplines with genuine interest in gaining new competences enabling them to respond to the ever increasing demands on teaching and working on SD. The background of the candidates can be: Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Studies and Education.

Participants should prove to have a good level of English as well as computer skills.

Under the auspicies of the hellenic National Comission for UNESCO