HELMEPA’s Marine Environment and Sciences Awareness Campaign began in the city of Chalkis on Tuesday, 6 May. Chalkis is the twelfth and final stop of this initiative, which has been supported over the last three years by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (the Foundation*).
The first of the scheduled student tours of the “Marine Environment, Shipping, Sciences and Engineering” Exhibition began early on Tuesday morning, with groups visiting from primary schools around the city. School excursions to the Exhibit, which is being kindly hosted at the Municipality’s “Asteria” Exhibition Complex, are set to continue until 15 May. A total of 1, 000 students from schools both within the city of Chalkis and around Euboea will be led through guided tours of the Exhibition by HELMEPA staff.
Yesterday, there was also a special Workshop titled “Environmental Education and Protecting the Marine Environment” that was run in collaboration with the Schools’ Activities Department of the Directorate of Primary Education. The Workshop had the participation of teachers and environmentally aware local residents.
In welcoming the participants on behalf of HELMEPA, the Environmental Awareness Section’s Mr. C. Triantafillou briefly outlined the evolution of the Campaign and imparted data pertinent to the marine litter pollution issue in Greece and the Mediterranean. Mr H. Ioakimides from The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research then went on to present the PERSEUS research program, focusing on the activities aimed at the educational community and society in general. The Schools’ Activities Manager of the Directorate of Primary Education, Ms Th. Kalabaliki, spoke about how contemporary children’s literature broaches the subject of marine litter, while the Workshop came to a close with a presentation of the “HELMEPA Junior” Program, given by HELMEPA Environmental Section’s Ms Maria Ktistaki.
In the discussion that followed, many of the teachers attending the Workshop expressed their interest in having their students join the Program in the next school year, so setting the spotlight of their activities onto the marine environment and its significance not only on the island of Euboea but across the shores of the country in general.
*A charitable foundation, helping to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. www.lrfoundation.org.uk