Environmental Education for adults
Education for ARCHELON is the
process of value-appreciation and concept-definition, in
order to develop skills and attitudes necessary for the
understanding and evaluation of the interrelation between
man, civilization and biophysical environment. It demands
practical occupation with decision-making and with the
formation of a behavior-code on matters concerning the
environmental quality; of course, Environmental
Education is not only children-designated
but it extends its scope to include adults as well.
In 2005 ARCHELON with the
support of the General Secretariat
for Youth established
the Volunteer Training and Information
Centre for the Environmental
Protection, an institution with material status and specific
goals and targets.
goals are to:
- Contribute to
the formation and development of a new adult-mentality
and behavior concerning the voluntarism and the participation
in actions for the environmental protection and the
ecological social development in general.
- Fully inform
citizens on the protection of the natural environment
through the use of original and actual methods, in
order to enhance their environmental awareness.
- Systematize and
actualize the volunteer education through the application
of new technologies and integral means, in order to
approach the public-target.
- Promote the
principles of voluntarism and bring about their adoption
and internalization through the indication of specific
fields and action-possibilities.
- Provide easy
access for students to a broad range of information
concerning the environment, the sea-turtles and the
coastal ecosystems as well as the ability to do practice
and research work.
Its targets are:
- To provide and organize a sequence of seminars for likely
volunteers for the environment by presenting the multiple
chances for participation and activation.
- To inform and
promote ecological principles and values.
- To encourage the voluntary
participation in environmental programmes.
- To support
and reinforce the participants by cultivating the feeling
of active participation and personal responsibility.
- To have
a positive influence on the beliefs of the participants
(and other target groups such as the public opinion,
the local and public
authorities and the mass media) concerning the environment
and the Non-governmental Environmental Organizations.
- To create
and educate environmental voluntary teams while acquainting
them with the use of advanced technology systems.
Part of ARCHELON's programme
on Environmental Education and Information is the mobile
exhibition. It is an exhibitive
system carried in a van (donated by FORD), which can be
developed in both external and internal places with three
electrically illuminated aluminium exposition hives. It
presents briefly and comprehensively information about
the wealth and history of the Mediterranean, the traditional
fishing ways -among others- as
well as the biology and the life of the sea-turtle.