MIO-ECSDE through the MEdIES Secretariat in cooperation with the Heads of Environmental Education of Primary and Secondary level of the Prefecture of Cyclades and the local authorities organised a series of educational activities in 6 islands of the Cyclades, namely Ios, Santorini, Anafi, Naxos, Iraklia and Koufonisi during April-June 2010. The scope of the project was the promotion of the updated version of the MEdIES educational material in Greek entitled “The Gift of Rain”. The project included educational activities in schools targeted to students aged 11-14 years old as well as seminars for teachers in all islands.

MEdIES activities were organized in cooperation with GWP-Med and with the support of the corporate social responsibility programme “Mission Water”. This project is actually the continuation of last year’s one which was successfully realized in specific sites of Naxos, Syros and Tinos islands.

The educational material “The gift of rain” aims to raise awareness of students to deal with traditional and modern techniques and practices of rainwater collection, and to develop the skills for the sustainable use of water. The material was published in 2009 and disseminated in the schools of Naxos, Syros and Tinos (phase I implementation). The material was reviewed and approved by the Greek Pedagogical Institute, and its 2nd version was published in 2010, to cover the needs of the increasing number of involved schools and teachers (phase II implementation: Ios, Santorini, Anafi, Naxos, Irakleia and Koufonisi).

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