Existing methodologies and techniques in training adults on environmental issues in the different partner countries - Hungary
The meeting started with a short presentation about the history and present activity of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, which was followed by a short trip in the campus.
After the approval of the agenda those participants that were not present at the kick-off meeting in Venice introduced themselves and their role in the project. To this regard four members of the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) within the Technical University of Zvolen (TU Zvolen) have joined the projects work together with the director of the NGO CEPTA invited by CDE as expert on sustainable development, with particular focus on waste management and recycling. The coordinator, eAmbiente, introduced a new member as well, Mr. Claudio Chiapparini (Senior Consultant in R&D), who replaced the previously appointed Project Manager, Mr. Andrea Ballarin who left the organization in December 2009.
The new Project Manager presented a summary of the results of the previous meeting along with the aims and the tasks of the current 1st workshop in Budapest as they were specified in the report of the kick-off meeting.
A short discussion followed the presentation with regard to:
- applying more flexible definition of "adult target" (in particular about the age, since the definition of adult as well as the level of their awareness could substantially differ within the same age group among partner's country).
- Better clarifying the stated objective of training the trainers. In this case trainers can be i.e. community leaders and local decision makers. Main goal will be to foster the practical implementation of sustainable city by the adult target (policy makers and adult citizens);
- Clarifying the main expected contributions to the development of project's contents from participant organizations. Following the distribution of tasks stated in the proposal and in line with the competences described in the organization's profiles presented in Venice, partners expertise and main expected contribution to project's objectives could be identified as follows:
Environment and Sustainable Development expertise:
- BME Environmental Economics;
- TU Zvolen;
Education and Communication (ICT) expertise:
- BME Environmental Economics;
- Computer Gym;
- Virtual Reality Park;
- TU Zvolen CLL;
All partners reported difficulties in the use of the matrix developed in the kick-off meeting and further clarifications were deemed necessary.
After the lunch break, the meeting continued as per agenda with the presentation of partners experience on sustainable development and in methodologies applied for training adults. To this regard BME (BUTE) gave two presentations:
- Attila Für (BME Research Fellow) in his presentation Simulation Methodologies Related to Sustainable Development showed the relation between the use of simulation tools and sustainable aims.
- Miklós Füle (PhD, BME Associate Professor) demonstrated the LA-21 (Local Agenda 21) bearing on activities of Department of Environmental Economics (BME) and presented the methodology applied in the teaching and practices classes to learn university students about the topic of LA-21. The methodology foresees students directly applying learned LA-21 principles in the analysis and review of existing policy and programming papers in Hungary.
To overcome the problems encountered by all participants with the use of the matrix, the coordinator gave a practical example of its use by presenting a case study on an awareness campaign on the energy saving topic implemented in Italy by the Veneto Regional Agency for Environmental Protection and directed to its own employees.
At the starting of the second day of meeting, Mr. Stefano Salmasi (Consulmarc Sviluppo) briefly refresh to participants the framework and the general aims of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership action, like a part of an adult sector EC Programme (formal & non-formal) and characterized the learning partnership action in the context of the other actions foreseen by the programme (multinational/collaborative projects; information availability; ideas & innovation). The Grundtvig Learning Partnership is a framework for small-scale co-operation activities between organisations working in the field of adult education in the broadest sense and its natural follow-up is usually the presentation of Grundtvig multilateral co-operation projects.
Using the matrix, the second day was about the presentations of partners' case studies.
Patrick Tierney (Computer Gym Voluntary Project Manager) presented about NPQ, National Vocational Qualification. The presentation focused on the methodology used by Computer Gym to create and implement an e-portfolio in their learning activities and on the positive outcomes of its adoption with regard to the advantages brought on social, environmental and economic point of view for both decision makers (in this case trainers, tutors and Public Administration) and learners.
Daniel Lesinsky (Centre for Distance Learning, TU Zvolen) showed the matrix with an example for waste separation and prevention. Mr. Lesinsky presentation focused on the topic of Waste separation and Prevention, including composting and anaerobic digestion. The presentation did not focused on a specific case study but on the case of Slovakia in general. On behalf of the TU Zvolen, Mr. Milos Veverka of the NGO CEPTA proposed possible activities to be performed by both Public Administrators and Citizens. The presentation included a list of possible indicators of performance for the activities proposed in each of the economic, social and environmental spheres. Different channels of communication and promotional activities were also suggested.
Piroska Harazin (PhD student, Budapest University of Technology and Economics) presented a case study about sustainable consumption and matched the processes to the matrix, which can help in the evaluation of the case study. Miss Harazin introduced the subject of sustainable consumption as good tool to implement sustainability in the everyday behaviour of citizens and introduced the experience of the University in the matter which consist of:
- the creation of an handbook for teachers (Sustainable/Environmental friendly consumption) in 2003 on the base of a German case study on the sustainable consumer basket;
- the preparation of a study and the creation of a booklet for citizens, to promote sustainable consumption behaviours financed by the Budapests municipality where the University is located and implemented in 2009.
This last project was taken as case study for the presentation. The booklet had as a target the citizens both children and adults. At the end of the presentation Miss Harazin presented BME opinion, in form of the agreed matrix, the potential activities on the subject of sustainable consumption to be implemented by politician and citizens in the social, economical and environmental spheres and a list of possible performance indicators.
Prof. Vincenzo Lombardo (Virtual Reality & Multimedia Park) showed the run and results of Virtual Reality & Multimedia Park (award for sustainable urbanisation; self-organising services; e-map of the city, etc.), concentrated to the sustainable energy usage in Europe. Different examples of multimedia communication and interactive tools used in awareness and informative campaigns (not only related to sustainability) were presented as example of creative and interactive communication resources that could be used in the development of educational and information activities.
In the discussion part of the second day, representatives of eAmbiente suggested the reduction of topics in the project, that the "thinking together" would be achievable. They mentioned the mobility and the energy, but after a short discussion topic of waste also involved among the options. At the end of the discussion the topics of sustainable energy and waste management were selected. Tasks and deadlines were also discussed.