Sustainability - Teaching Eco Skills

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We are in a desperate ""need of a new generation with competences to tackle the challenges of climate change and the sustainability crisis" (Climate university).

“Turn tragedy into triumph” said David Attenborough in COP26.

Teaching Eco Skills course will introduce you to futures studies and futures thinking, teach you how to create alternative futures, provide practical ways to deal with difficult environmental problems with pupils, help reduce climate anxiety in young people, accelerate peer learning in multicultural context.

The ongoing silent crisis , the severity and urgency of which is at least as great as that of global warming: is the biodiversity loss. Without a diverse nature, there is no human being - at least not a very well-being one. Ninety per cent of biodiversity loss is caused by the way we extract and process materials, fuels, and food in a linear economy. We designed that economy. The good news is that we can also redesign it, by tackling the root causes of biodiversity loss and getting more value from what we have.

The focus on circular economy will impart information about circular economy and things connected to it: sustainable development, megatrends including climate change, entrepreneurship, creativity and decreasing anxiety. We have had overconsumption in our planet for too long. Linear economy must be changed to circular economy. In order to create a circular economy society, we need a new kind of expertise, co-operation between silos, development of the operating environment and a general change in attitudes and operating methods. Education plays an important role in developing experts. When today’s school pupils are ready to enter employment, the debate about the circular economy will no one longer exist; the circular economy will be the only way of operating.

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Target group are the school management, teachers, special education teachers and all other non-teaching experts and staff working in school education, adult education and VET.

The course covers a wide range of topics that schools need to consider and tackle when introducing future skills in their school:

  • Futures studies as a science and ways to explore future phenomena at school
  • Learn about ecological challenges generally, about circular economy and competences for a circular economy, climate warming and biodiversity loss
  • Learn about mega trends including climate change, entrepreneurship and creativity
  • Futures skills and how to improve them
  • How to minimalize the stress and anxiety between pupils and young people in front of climate crises and “new normal” times
  • Alternative futures and how to create them
  • Acquire skills to develop a new didactical approach by designing a sequence of learning activities with relevant teaching strategies (discussions, role play, games etc.)
  • Adapt learning to the needs of learners by making teaching, studying and learning processes more adequate to access, participate and accomplish
  • Advance educational processes with flexible forward curriculum, based on science. More cross-curricular approach to subjects is what is needed to face ecological challenges, climate change on top
  • Strengthening the belief that a good future is achievable

The course methodology aspires creating an output. Working individually or in groups on a concrete product to be used in your own school. Participants are given time to develop these outputs and the trainers coach and support them throughout the week, if necessary even long after courses have finished as a follow up.

Earn a certificate

The course participants will get a Certificate of Active Attendance.

The competences acquired will be validated by the course organisers on the Europass mobility.

What makes Euneos the leading course provider in Europe?

Euneos consistently has regards to challenges and retaliates by offering multiple options for quality courses to its clients following the Quality Standards for courses under Key Action 1 as required by the European Commission.

On-site courses

The Sustainability - Teaching Eco Skills on-site courses take place in Porto, Portugal, Northern Lights Eco, Inari Lapland Finland and Metsamoisa/Tallinn Estonia. Sustainability - Teaching Eco Skills are 7 day courses that start on Sunday afternoon and end on Saturday at 13:00 o'clock.

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  • 21 – 27 August 2022, Metsamoisa/Tallinn Estonia
  • 25 Sept – 1 October 2022, Porto Portugal
  • 9 – 15 October 2022, Inari Lapland Finland
  • 15 – 21 October 2023 , Porto Portugal

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Euneos has an international team of trainers who are the most experienced in the field of their expertise. Meet Euneos' trainers for the Sustainability - Teaching Eco Skills course:

Main organiser / trainer

Tuovi Ronkainen

  • Former principal of Akaa Secondary School 
  • Student in University of Turku (futures studies), future coach 
  • Biology and geography teacher 
  • Project Ambassador of ESHA (European School Heads Association)  
  • Coordinator of Comenius and Erasmus+ projects in many schools 
  • Former network coordinator of Baltic sea Project (National Board of Education) 

She has been working on many ecological projects both at the national and international levels. Her special area is future education: how to get a positive approach to the future and how to get the skills to solve wicked problems like climate change.

Euneos choice of venues is based on two essentials: delivering professionalism and assuring personal well-being in order to warrant enjoyable course experience.

Porto, Portugal

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The well known attraction in Santa Maria de Feira is the Castle of Santa Maria de Feira, only 23km from central Porto. Besides this historical landmark, another attraction is the Viagem Medival em Terra de Santa Maria, the medieval fair, where alongside the back in time travel like experience, one could satisfy many other senses with great food, wine and music. Other attractions worthy of your time are the Museu Convento dos Lóios, Zoo de Lourosa, Museu de Papel and other. As of traditional food delicacies, we warmly recommend the runny mountain cheese Queijo da Serra de Estrela, Francesinha sandwich, slowroasted Sandes de pernil or Bachalau cod fish combined with the world famous Portugese wines. Bem-vindo!

Tallinn, Estonia

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The Eco-camp, for the Eco course: How to make your school more competent in ecology, is situated in Metsamoisa (Wild Forest). It is a training venue 100 km away from Tallinn and there is a bus transport. The course will take place in Metsamoisa (Wild Forest) for 1-2 nights and the rest of the time in Tallinn and/or Sagadi Manor (Estonian forestry museum and environmental education center).

You will find many famous sights in the central part of Tallinn, such as the Old Town, Kardiorg Park, Tallinn Port and much more. Whether you have a refined taste of a gourmet or you will rather enjoy a tasty bite of street food, Tallinn is the best place to pleasure your taste buds by taking a culinary excursion at Pärnu Museum, Open Air Museum and many other food festivals. In other words, Tallinn is the best place for food lovers where you can enjoy the best of the culinary world for less. After a nice meal, one can enjoy one of the five seasons in Estonia by roaming in the untouched nature and breeding the cleanest air, enjoying a hike, horseback riding , birdwatching etc. Estonia is proud of its quality labels and it is considered to be the green travelers' paradise! Tere tulemast!

Inari/Lapland, Finland

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This is a unique opportunity to spot the Northern Lights or enjoy midsummer in Lapland. We warmly recommend that you visit Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and the Sami cultural Centre Sajos learn more about Sami culture. An exciting experience are a number of Reindeer farms that you can visit or many other private and custom tours or enjoy the picturesque nature with a number of outdoor activities. If you like new and unique food experiences you can opt for traditional Sami dinner, reindeer specialties, mushroom and fish dishes or go on safari and catch your own king crab. from the Barents Sea. After a 3 hour drive you will reach Rovaniemi, also known as the official hometown of Santa Claus where you can meet Santa in person. We also recommend that you spend one night of your trip in the Snow Hotel or Igloo, it is an unforgettable experience. Tervetuloa!