Lagoa, Cidade Educadora, hosts the 2019 National Eco-Schools Seminar

«Lagoa, Cidade Educadora» already has more than 50% of its schools in the Eco-Schools program

O National Eco-Schools Seminar 2019 will take place from the 18th to the 20th of January, at the Centro de Congressos do Arade, in Parchal (Lagoa). Organized in partnership with the municipality of Lagoa, it is a time for updating, co-learning and sharing between professionals in the field of education for sustainability.

«Lagoa, Cidade Educadora», which currently has more than 50% of its schools in the Eco-Schools programme, was involved from the first minute in the organization of this meeting, which will also enable a deeper knowledge of the municipality and its potential and sustainability practices.

Eco-Schools, an international program recognized by UNESCO as the largest education network for sustainability in the world, currently adopted in 67 countries, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at the international level, is currently constituted as a “tool” for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030), emphasizing its vocation of education for responsible citizenship.

The seminar's target audience is the coordinating teachers of the Eco-Schools Program, other teachers, technicians from municipalities involved in the Eco-Schools Program and other professionals linked to environmental education/for sustainability.

The objectives of this meeting are «to bring together the coordinating teachers of the Eco-Schools Program and the technicians from the municipalities involved in environmental education, in order to encourage communication, enable the sharing of common goals and the exchange of experiences», as well as «disseminate new projects and initiatives related to Eco-Schools 2018/2019».

It is also intended to «provide specific information related to the theme of the year: forest and the sea», and even «provide scientific and pedagogical information regarding other work topics: water, waste, energy, climate change, biodiversity, geodiversity, agriculture biological, healthy and sustainable food etc».

Other objectives are «to debate referential strategies and methodologies in Education for Sustainable Development», «to provide participation in workshops of a practical nature leading to an enrichment of strategies in environmental education» and even «to debate the methodology and strategies of the Eco-Schools Program ».

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Friday, January 18 (morning)

Arade Congress Center

8:30 am – Reception of Participants | credit

9h | Home – Auditorium of the Arade Congress Center

9h00 | Panel I - Opening:

  • Welcome Session. ABAE, CML, APA*, ME*, FEE
  • Eco-Schools Program in Portugal. Margarida Gomes ABAE
  • Delivery of 2018 Quality Certificates. National Eco-Schools Commission

11:00 am – 11:30 am | Break; visit to the Eco-Show

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Panel II - Sea

Moderator: Francisco Teixeira. Portuguese Environment Agency.

  • Marine Prairie | Rui Santos. UAlg
  • Plasticus maritimus | Ana Pego.
  • Marine Biodiversity | Nuno Sa. Photographer,

12:30 – 13:30 pm | Panel III - Forest

Moderator: João Guerreiro | University of the Algarve.

  • Forest fires and landscape restoration. Thomas Panagopuolos | University of the Algarve.
  • Tiago Oliveira | SGIF*
  • Nursery for our forests. Agnes Besugo | Biovilla

13:00 – 14:30 | Lunch; visit to the Eco-Show


Friday, January 18 (afternoon)

Arade Congress Center

14:30 pm – 16:00 pm | Panel IV- Climate change

Moderator: Idálio Revez. Public Newspaper

  • Climate, Social and Educational Change | Luisa Schmidt. ICS
  • Drawdown – 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming | João Pedro Gouveia. FCT/UNL
  • Network*
  • The Climate Reality Project® in Portugal | Carlos Fulgencio.

16:00 am – 16:30 am | Break; visit to the Eco-Show

16:30 pm – 17:00 pm | Panel V – EDS in Eco-Schools Partner Municipalities

Moderator: Augusto Serrano. APA*

  • CM from Lagoa. Paulo Gomes.
  • CM from Pombal. Catarina Sousa*
  • CM de Loulé. Ana Filipa Gonçalves; Wood Line; carina mouse

17:30 pm – 18:30 pm | Panel VI – Project showcase: 7 minutes, 7 partners

Moderator: Margarida Gomes. ABAE.

  • The Value of Water | Elsa Luz. Waters of Portugal
  • James Carrilho. Lisbon Zoo
  • Forest and Responsible Consumption. Joana Faria | FSC
  • Vanessa Oliveira. SPEA
  • Green Cork | Pedro Souza. Quercus
  • Compostable and Biodegradable Utensils | Isabel Braz and Miguel Henriques. Bioethical
  • Scianema goes to school | Renata dos Santos

18:30 pm | End of work; eco-show

20:30 pm- Dinner party. Participation upon registration


Saturday, January 19 (morning)

School EB 2,3 Rio Arade de Parchal

9:00 am – Workshops

 Session A | 9:00 am to 10:00 am –   Session B | 10:15-11:15

  • Virtual Visits to Water Factories | Sara Duarte. Waters of Portugal
  • Aquaquiz | Theo Fernandes | Waters of Portugal
  • Marine Trash | Catarina Gonçalves. ABAE
  • Responsible consumption of fish | Rita Sa. WWF
  • Sea | Élio Vicente. Zoomarine *
  • Biodiversity and conservation | James Carrilho. Lisbon Zoo.*
  • Birds Song | Carlos Cruz. ICNF
  • Forest in the vegetable garden and in the kitchen | Fernanda Botelho
  • Ovens and Solar Kitchen | Celestine Redhead. UAlg
  • Collage Technique | João Taborda and Sílvia Oliveira. UHU

11:30 am – 13:30 pm – Eco-Schools Forums
Working Groups with teachers + 1 working group with technicians from municipalities and other participants. 

  • Forum 1 – Teaching Degree: Kindergarten | Coordinator: Tânia Filipa da Silva
  • Forum 2 – Teaching Degree: 1st Cycle | Coordinator:*
  • Forum 3 – Teaching Degree: 1st Cycle | Coordinator: Carlos Pêpe *
  • Forum 4 – Teaching Degree: 1st Cycle | Coordinators: Patrícia Romeiro and Renata Gonçalves
  • Forum 5 – Teaching Degree: 2nd and 3rd Cycle | Coordinator: Artur Vieira
  • Forum 6 – Teaching Degree: 2nd and 3rd Cycle | Coordinator: Eunice Pinto
  • Forum 7 – Teaching Degree: 2nd and 3rd Cycle | Coordinator: Odete Melo
  • Forum 8 - Teaching Degree: 2nd and 3rd Cycle | Coordinator: Vítor Martins
  • Forum 9 – Teaching Degree: Secondary | Coordinator: *
  • Forum 10 – Degree of Education: Higher | Coordinators: Giovanni Giorgetti and Pedro Gonçalves
  • Municipalities Forum | Coordinators: Margarida Gomes and Tânia Vicente

13:30 pm – 14:30 pm | Lunch – School EB 2,3 Rio Arade de Parchal
14:30 pm – 15:00 pm | Travel to the Arade Congress Center


Saturday, January 19 (afternoon)

Arade Congress Center

15.00:16 pm – 00:XNUMX pm | Panel VIII – Eco-Schools: challenges and opportunities
Moderator: Margarida Gomes, ABAE

  • Eco-Schools, Hand Print & SDG | Pramod Kumar Sharma. Foundation for Environmental Education
  • Research on Eco-Schools | Leonor Silver Castle. ICS
  • Curriculum Flexibility and Eco-Schools | Helena Barracosa. Algarve Training Center

16.00 – 16:45 | Panel IX – Eco-Schools Network | Good habits
Moderator: Margarida Gomes. ABAE

  • School EB 2, 3 Jacinto Correia, Lagoa | Fernando Manuel Pessoa
  • School EB 2, 3 André Soares. Braga | Victor Martins
  • GAfeBikeLab Project, Secondary School of Gafanha da Nazaré. Ilhavo | Teresa Pacheco

16:45 pm – 17:00 pm – Pause | Visit to the Eco-Show

17.15:18 pm – 00:XNUMX pm | Panel X - Projects for Eco-Schools

  • Depositrão Generation and Verdão Generation | Philippa Moita. ERP / Novo Verde
  • UHU Challenges | Silvia Oliveira. UHU
  • Other projects on Circular Economy, Sea, Forest, Food, Vegetable Gardens … | Margaret Gomes. ABAE
  • Raffle Global Action Days 
  • Delivery of prizes: best photography Seminar 2018

18:00 – 18:30 | Presentation of the Visit to Lagoa | Paulo Gomes*. CM from Lagoa.

18:30 pm | Conclusions and Closing


Sunday January 20th

9:00 am – 13:00 pm – Visit to Lagoa accompanied by technicians from the City Council.