HELMEPA’s ‘Train-the-Trainer’ Seminar for teachers titled “The marine environment and us: ensuring a sustainable future” took place on Friday 15 April aboard the “HELLAS LIBERTY” floating Museum, at the port of Piraeus.
The seminar was organized in cooperation with the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of Piraeus and forms part of the Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences, which is implemented across 14 Greek cities between 2014-2017 with the financial support of Lloyd’s Register Foundation* (the Foundation).
Welcoming the 85 participating teachers on behalf of HELMEPA, Mr. C. Triantafillou of the Environmental Awareness Sector referred to the implementation of the Campaign so far and presented the specific objectives of the Seminar. Captain Vaggelis Kouzilos, Chairman of the “HELLAS LIBERTY” floating Museum, made a brief historic account of the Liberty ships and their role in the evolution of Greek merchant shipping and spoke about the tireless efforts to create the Museum. Addressing the event, Mr. L. Nikas, Director of Primary Education of Piraeus, spoke of the special relationship of Piraeus with shipping and thanked HELMEPA and the Foundation for this initiative, expressing his desire to further expand the reputation of “HELLAS LIBERTY” among the educational community in Piraeus.
In the presentations that followed, HELMEPA’s scientific staff informed the attendants about recent developments concerning the marine environment and its protection from contemporary threats such as climate change and pollution, as well as on the importance of shipping for humanity and the industry’s initiatives for prevention of pollution from ships.
Participating teachers received a Certificate of Attendance and became members of HELMEPA’s “Marine Teachers” network. Upon completion of the presentations, the teachers enjoyed a guided tour of the ship and were informed in detail about her history.
The following day, the teachers had the opportunity to follow interesting presentations and attend laboratories at the Hellenic Maritime Museum as well as a guided tour of the ancient remains of ship sheds in the Zeas harbor by staff of the Museum and specialized archaeologists.
HELMEPA wishes to thank the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of Piraeus and the Coordinators of School Activities Mr. G. Voulgaris and Mrs. V. Kioupi for their contribution in the materialization of this initiative, the “HELLAS LIBERTY” floating Museum for the warm hospitality and all the teachers, who through their presence sent a message of hope for a sustainable relationship between humans and the marine environment.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.