Focus Group for co-creating the Network of European Blue Schools to be held with IOLN members

Objectives:

EU4Ocean organises a series of regional and national focus groups to consult education professionals and ocean literacy experts throughout distinct European realities to :

  • Define the country-specific content to be included in the handbook.  
  • Define the criteria to become a European Blue School – this needs to be a complement to other national/international programs already in place.
  • Define essential support that teachers need to participate and receive the European Blue School certification.

Throughout this discussion, we will first ask IOLN members about their personal experiences in teaching ocean topics, developing ocean-related projects, and implementing ocean literacy activities in Ireland.  Are there any best practices and resources we should include in the handbook?

We also ask what is needed for a teacher to develop an ocean-related project. Can teachers develop projects without assistance? We further discuss what a European Blue School should look like. What are the minimum criteria to receive a certification?  Can there be a link to other eco-labels specific for your region?

And last, we wish to learn if you have any issue with the name “European Blue Schools”? By understanding distinct national/regional ocean-related teaching needs, difficulties, opportunities and best practices, we can develop a more all-inclusive approach for teachers throughout Europe to engage students in ocean-related projects.

The main objective of this analysis is to draft a document with recommendations on the handbook and the criteria for the European Blue School label in a way that fits all the distinct European realities, while complementing existing projects and programs.

Timing: Thursday 14th May at 2 pm ( 3 pm CET)

Duration: 120 min

Link to zoom meeting: Please contact irishoceanliteracynetwork@gmail.com or info@irishoceanliteracy.ie for a link to the zoom meeting and notes on preparation.

Written by IOLN admins

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network (IOLN) aims to bring together relevant institutes, agencies, researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and educators who are working towards the vision of “achieving an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland”.

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