Impressions and thoughts of a New Euro-Med Participant to the seminar in Eilat, Israel, 11-15 December 2011
I joined the Euro-Med seminar in Eilat Israel on the recommendation of a colleague of who had participated in a previous training course and study visit in Bulgaria and Portugal.
We thought this was a wonderful chance for me to experience a Euro-Med activity and a great opportunity to get the organization I work for "Ganei Ramat Hanadiv" to expand its activity and collaborate with partners from EU and Mediterranean countries.
Together with a fantastic team of trainers Jan, Paul, David and the multipliers Shabbi, Dan and Inbal, and a wonderful group of people from different places, organizations, and backgrounds, I spent 5 days of intense learning, experiencing & practicing.
We were honoured to meet Mr. Bernard Abrignanni, Head of the RCBS and the SALTO EURO MED RC and get a very comprehensive picture on the euro Med youth programme - its values, structure, history, present and future aims. Meeting the Israeli Euro Med Youth Unit completed the picture getting acquainted with the local contacts face to face was too of importance.
The training methods were interesting and varied beginning with lectures and presentations and through to different missions, games, acting, and peer learning.
I can testify that the seminar highly motivated me to go ahead to plan and submit a proposal for a training course "Leaders for Sustainable Future" to take place at Ramat Hanadiv Education Centre in Israel.
The seminar also enabled me to expose myself and my organization to other organization, learn from different experiences and make vary valuable contacts with people from different backgrounds.
Ramat Hanadiv is a privately owned park, a living memorial to Baron Edmond de Rothschild, operating for the benefit of the public as a whole and for generations to come.
Ramat Hanadiv plays a leading role in the management of natural and cultural resources based on sustainable interactions between man, nature and the environment, and encourages understanding and appreciation of this ideal.
The site covers approximately 450 hectares (1125 acres) of land perched on a plateau at the southern tip of the Carmel mountain range.
At the heart of the park are the carefully manicured Memorial Gardens, which contain the crypt of the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild. Surrounding the Gardens is a Mediterranean Nature Park consisting of over a thousand acres of open landscape inhabited by indigenous fauna and flora. It is perhaps the most researched and carefully managed open space in Israel. A recently completed Visitors Pavilion, the first building in Israel to be granted ’Green Building’ standard certification.
The integration of educational, scientific and recreations functions makes Ramat Hanadiv a unique site in Israel
Ramat Hanadiv with its varied habitats, in-depth ecological research and professional research staff is an ideal "field laboratory" for the education system in Israel. Ramat Hanadiv provides a number of fundamental learning topics, all revolving around the major theme of the interrelations between humans and their environment
Since 2008 students are invited to join the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER-EDU) program. LTER-EDU is an educational project that offers students form varied communities’ sites and schools, a chance to be partners in a global monitoring effort. The students collect meteorological data and monitor vegetation, arthropods, butterflies, birds and litter decomposition. Ecological data collected is uploaded onto the website so other students can participate in the analysis and draw conclusions based on all the data gathered. The LTEREDU programme at Ramat Hanadiv is part of the ILTER network educational effort Long-term climatic-ecological monitoring and cooperation with students who gather data and study their environment in different sites. It is into this context that we are offering a training course for youth leaders coming from 3 EU partner countries: Bulgaria, Portugal & Greece.
"Leaders for Sustainable Future" will address nature preservation and sustainability issues and teach how to collect data, analyze it and make skilled use of it for further research, management decisions and policy making. Youth leaders will have the knowledge and tools for returning to their countries and by empowering local youth to become leaders for sustainable future will set up their own LTER-EDU stations joining to one network with one database for the use of all Euro-Med students.
I strongly believe that "Leaders for Sustainable Future" reflect values that both Euro-Med Youth programme and Ramat Hanadiv centre believe in: Environment protection, Participation and active citizenship and Cultural inclusion of diverse populations.
The National level Training Seminar took place in Eilat, the most southern city in Israel on the red sea and bordering with Aquqba, Jordan. The city which is sunny nearly 365 days a year. The retreat venue was an opportunity for all of us to get away from our daily busy timetable and focus on the Euro Med youth programme.
About 30 people from different organizations in Israel came to Eilat for a four day seminar accompanied by the EMYU staff from the Ministry of Education: Shoshana Shreiber, Adi Kahani & Sheli Benodis, the training team with Yan Crespel & Paul Halle from the RCBS and David Krausz from the EMYU. The team was supported by three Israeli multipliers: Shabi Michaeli, Dan Wolner and Inbal Shtibi.
This was the first Training Seminar in Israel of this kind – led by a team of experts from the RCBS. The opening session was chaired by Bernard Abrignanni, Head of the RCBS. The other sessions included workshops, plenary presentations, outdoor training, and good practices.
The expected results of the seminar are projects within the Euro Med Youth Programmer phase IV –Quality & Quantity: More and better projects. I foresee at least six, if not more quality projects born and developed during the seminar and that will be submitted in the next deadlines.
The sustainability of the seminar is already realized by new beneficiaries involved in the Euro Med Youth programme, including participation of participants at the SALTO Training Courses , building a strategy of national level training and finding new potentials multipliers who will be trained in the near future to fulfill this role. The support of the multipliers during this seminar shows how critical their positive role is in creating sustainability of the porogramme.