Grundtvig In Service Training

Matla, Grundtvig IST Adult Training on Sustainable Innovation for an Enlarged EU Malta Bugibba 12th -18th Sept 2009

Eco Innovation and Sustainable Development

Grundtvig IST course on Sustainable Innovation for an Enlarged EU Malta Bugibba 12th -18th Sept 2009

From 12th to 18th September, Krzysztof Bahrynowski, Managing Director at Joanna Pinewood Education , attended at an IST course on Sustainable Innovation for an Enlarged EU.
The training activities where part theory and part informal visits. The course was hosted by Jonathan C Borg and Philip J Farrugia and included discussions with other Maltese people including Dr Paul Pace, Deputy Dean of the Malta Faculty of Education and 14 other participants of the course. The aim was to share knowledge on eco innovation and sustainability in various industries of different countries throughout the EU, namely Malta itself.

Sustainable Innovation Development in Malta

This is a must course is for national, regional and local government officers, teachers and trainers working in the EU and other territories. It is funded by the European Commission: Culture & Education. During this Grundtvig in service course topics covered are:

  • Education for Sustainable Development ( Eco-schools and Fee );
  • The economic perspective of Eco-innovation and the Lisbon treaty;
  • Eco and Sustainable Innovation Concepts;
  • Environmental and Social Perspectives of SD;
  • Sustainable Tourism;
  • Sustainable conservation of water;
  • Sustainable and efficient use of energy;
  • Eco-design principles and cad technology;
  • Innovation and Creativity from a sustainable development perspective;
  • Pedagogical Tools and Methods for innovative eLearning.

Malta has a population of 400,000 people that rises to 1,200,000 during the tourist season; it has been proactive in its waste management. New infrastructure has been built in the last few years to tackle waste recycling; the island collects methane gas from the landfills and burns this to produce electricity. Animal carcases from farms are incinerated to produce electricity. Novel hospital incinerators were discussed. Waste water is recycled for farming for free. The Radisson hotel on Gozzo has its own reverse osmosis plant to produce fresh drinking water and a sewage plant. Waste water from the Radisson Hotel is recycled for the benefit of farm irrigation. The reverse osmosis plants of Water Services Corporation of Malta use 40% of Malta’s electricity resources.

The children of Malta have elected student representatives in school committees that manage themselves without adult influence. The school committees have involved local Maltese authorities and Maltese Parliament. In 2005 the student representatives requested support from politicians for their programmes. These Maltese Eco-schools featured in the electoral manifestos of the Maltese political parties. The children requested in 2006 in Maltese Parliament that Climate Change becomes a national concern and requested collaboration between the two political parties on the issue. The children presented a memorandum to the Maltese political parties for the General Election of 2007. The student representatives in Malta have a wider sense of achievement; a wider ownership of initiatives; greater committement towards involving and informing and promotion of learning opportunities. The children of Malta are listened to by Maltese members of Parliament.

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