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Evangelos Koutsonis, a Community Story from Greece

09/10/2020
par EPALE Moderator
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Evangelos Koutsonis

I have a degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Agriculture  from the Department of Animal Production at the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (Greece).
I also have a degree from the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education in Volos, a Greek University specialising in training teachers. I am a certified trainer at the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance of Greece (EOPPEP) and have participated in numerous programs. My teaching activities include assigned independent teaching in Higher Education Institutions and I am a member of the Laboratory Teaching Staff at the Technological Institute of Larisa.
I have participated in a Research Program on Sustainable Forest Management at the University Forest in Pertouli (Trikala-Greece) and in projects as part of the Erasmus+ Programme.

Currently I am based at the Environmental Education Center (K.P.E.) Pertouliou-Trikkeon that was founded in 2009. As part of the Ministry of Education, its aim is to inform and sensitize teachers, parents, children, teenagers and the entire local community of the region about the problems the environment is facing and the relationship between these problems and our quality of life. Its activities include seminars for adults on various environmental issues, workshops and awareness campaigns. Emphasis is given to initiatives through targeted actions. This is achieved in cooperation with scientific institutions, governmental and non-governmental bodies, the local community and schools in our area, as well as nationwide.
I have written textbooks for the Greek public school, published articles in scientific magazines and submitted papers at Conferences.

I learned about EPALE after my first contact with Erasmus+ in the action KA104 (Adult education staff mobility). Since then, I have been monitoring the platform and using it to find out about issues related to adult education in Europe. It is an important tool for informing, promoting the educational projects and disseminating the results of Erasmus+ programmes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has surprised and affected many workers around the world. After the initial shock, everyone started planning how to adapt their work.

My previous experience in distance education (I am a certified ICT education trainer) helped me to adapt relatively quickly to the new situation. My ability to adapt was also helped by my experience gained from my participation in the Erasmus+ programme, which was implemented by the Environmental Education Center (KPE) Pertouliou-Trikkeon in the Key Action KA104 (Adult education staff mobility) and entitled "Environmental education for adult students through e-learning and distance learning".

Thus, during the period of the pandemic, we organised two online seminars, which were aimed at teachers as well as at professionals mainly involved in environmental education.

The first seminar presented the educational material, including an e-learning course, on the Ecological Footprint. The seminar was a complete success; it was attended by 295 adults from all over Greece.
More information can be obtained through the following links:
1. https://blogs.sch.gr/kpepertoul/2020/06/10/diadiktyaki-epimorfotiki-drasi-me-thema-paroysiasi-toy-kainotomoy-ekpaideytytikoy-ylikoy-gia-to-oikologiko-apotypoma-toy-kpe-pertoylioy-trikkaion/
2. https://blogs.sch.gr/kpepertoul/2020/06/23/oloklirothike-me-epitychia-i-diadiktyaki-epimorfotiki-drasi-toy-kpe-pertoylioy-trikkaion-me-thema-paroysiasi-toy-kainotomoy-ekpaideytikoy-ylikoy-gia-to-oikologiko-apotypoma/

The second online seminar, entitled "Environmental and psychological dimensions of COVID-19 disease", was organised by the Environmental Education Centers of Thessaly in collaboration with Thessaly Regional Center for Educational Planning. It was devoted to the presentation of informational and educational material entitled "Pandemics and Learning", which was created by the former ones.
More information can be found at the following links:
1. https://blogs.sch.gr/kpepertoul/2020/06/23/prosklisi-se-diadiktyaki-imerida-ton-kpe-thessalias/
2. https://blogs.sch.gr/kpepertoul/2020/06/25/analytiko-programma-imeridas-quot-perivallontikes-kai-psychologikes-diastaseis-toy-covid-19-quot-ei/
3. https://blogs.sch.gr/kpepertoul/2020/06/28/pragmatopoiithike-me-epitychia-i-i-tile-imerida-me-thema-quot-perivallontikes-kai-psychologikes-diastaseis-tis-nosoy-covid-19-quot-ton-kpe-thessalias-se-synergasia-me-to-pekes-thessalias/

The experience gained during the aforementioned online meetings was really positive.

The participants showed great interest and asked us to implement similar webinars in the future. We were also impressed by the extent of the participants’ familiarity with the e-learning platforms (we used the CISCO Webex platform).
During the coming school year, the Environmental Education Center Pertouliou-Trikkeon is planning to continue these online meetings on several topics.
One of these meetings will be dedicated to Renewable Energy Sources, which is the subject of the National Environmental Education Network which our Center is coordinating and which will constitute the annual seminar of the Network. Moreover, the Network will be supported with a lot of online activities aimed ultimately at the educational community.

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