Introducing herbs in our lives through citizen science and environmental education
The Environmental Education Lab of the NKUA, in collaboration with the Environmental Education Centre of Makrinitsa at Pelion, organised a webinar for school teachers and other school educational stakeholders from all over Greece on Monday, April the 4th, 2022.
The seminar’s theme was “Herbs in our lives – Citizen Science and Environmental Education“. The webinar was implemented in the framework of the national environmental education network “Herbs in our lives“, coordinated by the Environmental Education Centre of Makrinitsa, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education.
More than 600 Greek school teachers and other education stakeholders from all over the country attended the webinar.
In particular, the NKUA team presented:
- Maria Daskolia: “Citizen Science and Environmental Education: A mutually beneficial partnership for nature, science and education”.
- Dimitris Gotzos: “Identification and recording of herbs and aromatic plants with the citizen observatories of the Cos4Cloud project”.
- Anna Trigatzi, Matrona Pappa & Menia Daskalaki: “Environmental Education Scenarios based on the Cos4Cloud’s digital citizen science tools and technologies”.
The participants expressed great appreciation and acknowledged the relevance of the Cos4Cloud project’s tools and technologies to the educational and scientific purposes of the Network and their school-related activities.
Citizen science, active citizens and environmental education for sustainability
In the framework of the Cos4Cloud project the NKUA team organised and run the webinar “Citizen Science, Active Citizenship and Environmental Education for Sustainability”, with the collaboration of Betty Frangou, the School Activities Coordinator in Primary Education Directorate of Pella in Northern Greece. The webinar addressed teachers and was attended by almost 80.
The NKUA team introduced citizen science and the Cos4Cloud project to primary school teachers who are involved in the implementation of environmental education projects in the area. The teachers were also invited to register to the new national educational network “Environmental Education for Sustainability and Citizen Science”, the website of which is about to be launched. The NKUA team made the following presentations and then discussed with the teachers about possible ways to participate in the Cos4Cloud project’s activities:
- Maria Daskolia: “Environmental Education for Sustainability and Citizen Science: Empowering the students to become active citizens in their schools and communities”.
- Dimitris Gotzos: “Digital Citizenship for the environment and sustainability through the Cos4Cloud’s Citizen Observatories”.
- Matrona Pappa, Menia Daskalaki & Anna Trigatzi: “From school to the neighbourhood and the community: Ideas for doing environmental education for sustainability using the Cos4Cloud’s citizen science tools”.