This is a short summary of our Sandwatch Teacher Training Workshop held on 10th March, 2012.
By Mrs. Maria Jose Pires, Sandwatch Coordinator
Participants: 22 Teachers of Elementary and Secondary Education (UNESCO Associated Schools System) - Santiago Island (coastal zones)
The workshop was opened by the permanent secretary of CNU-CV Mrs. Glória Ribeiro, welcoming the participants.
The coordinator and trainer Mrs. Maria José Pires made a presentation to the workshop, explaining the issues and methodology of training, proposing the program and presenting the project in accordance with a series of activities for each group.
The methodology was conducted in five stages.
The first step regarded the theoretical approach
The second referred to the field training session,
The third was about presenting and analyzing group work
The fourth was devoted to the presentation of schools´ projects.
Finally, the fifth step was reserved for assessment.
As a coordinator and trainer I believe that the objectives were fully achieved, the training methodology was appropriate to the context in which the workshop took place.
It was evident that the representatives of the schools involved were actively committed to participating in the session. In fact, the participants shared some ideas which will eventually give origin to quality projects. Due to the participants’ involvement, the workshop lasted longer than we were expecting.
Therefore, we will have to consider more time for the next sessions in order to critically appreciate the practical application of the project. We would like to highlight the important role that the school plays as a socializing agent, preparing citizens aware of the importance of understanding the mechanisms of the global environment.
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO
During the session Mrs. Marilene Pereira, Director of the Brazilian Cultural Center, officially delivered 300 kits for analysis of the water ph, offered by the Brazilian Embassy.
This short report was prepared with the support of Mrs. Maria João Miranda, English Teacher of Pedro Gomes Secondary School and responsible for the English Club of the same school, who also participated in the workshop of 10th March. Mrs. Maria Jose Pires, the Sandwatch Coordinator, is also the Director of Pedro Gomes Secondary School, one of the UNESCO associated schools.
After the Sandwatch Teacher Training Workshop held on March 10th, 2012, two further Sandwatch activities were conducted with students on the beaches of Gamboa (the capital) and Tarrafal (in the north of the island of Santiago) on Saturday, March 17 and on March 24 . See photos above