Our Sustainable (Aeiforo) Junior High School: let's make it happen!



Since 1994 lower secondary school children have been involved in transforming their Junior High School into a sustainable one in various parts of the world including Greece.However this effort was optional and in most cases temporary. This asychronous Ecourse will attempt to be an interactive reference source in English so that students aged 12-15 turn to it anytime they wish to design and organise successful steps leading to sustainability at their schools and in their everyday world. (image video , Setia Eco Park, Malaysia) https://tenby.edu.my/setia-eco-park/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/10/Tenby_SETIA-ECO-PARK-SME-1-Looped.mp4

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Course Syllabus

                                                                4 MODULES

1. What is "aeiforia" (sustainability) ?

    Read the document "Aeiforia (sustainability) for the future", go to the link  what-is-sustainability.pdf and watch the video "What is Sustainability". Τhen do the exercises "The 3 pillars of  Aeiforia (Social, Economic, Environmental)" and "How much do you understand about Sustainability (Aeiforia)?"Finally have fun with an online game about the 17 Sustainability Development Goals. https://wordwall.net/resource/9179804/sustainable-development-goals

2.  The 3 pillars of Aeiforia give way to the 3 domains of Aeiforo High School (Pedagogical not Economic, Social, Environmental).Why - How can we create a Sustainable High School (SHS)?

2a) The Pedagogical domain of SHS and its indicators.

       Go to the document "The indicators of the Pedagogical domain". You will find a Mindmap

       with the best pedagogical practices.

2b) The Social domain of SHS and its indicators.

       Go to the document "The indicators of the Social domain". You will find a list with the indicators

       and real-life examples of a school that did it.

2c) The Environmental domain of SHS and its indicators.Go to the document "The indicators of the Environmental domain and then play this interactive game  https://wordwall.net/play/25242/833/111 to check your knowledge.         

3. Managing the SHS and putting it in action.laughing

3a) For the environment, students need to know the basics for school and home: packaging, clean energy, saving water,food and energy, recycling, personal action for climate change.

  •  Download the document "Breakfast packaging" and complete the Worksheet.
  • Then read the document "Facts for students about clean energy" and do the exercise "Be energy efficient: small and big projects".Find out about solar energy in the link "Solar energy in Australia".
  • With the help of a plumber, after you read the document "How to read a water metre and find leaks" and watch the video "How much water does your school use?", do your first water audit at home and school.
  • Italians love food and do not waste it: the video"Be gοod, don't waste food" proves it.
  • Then, download the document "Recycle 4 everyday items" and do Tasks 1 & 2.
  • Finally, go to the link "Sustainability and contributing with solutions" to do a Worksheet about climate change.

3b) To take social action, all members of the school community should take part for a school open to society.

  • Don't forget to organize events that do not produce waste: watch the video "How to run a zero-waste event" to learn how.
  • Communicate your social messages with a play: watch the video of the M.U.K.A. play "Abahlali" about climate change and children's rights by the MUKA kids, a cultural assossiation in South Africa (for info and dialogues, go to the link "Culpeer.pdf Food Waste Pillar").
  • Hear a story from sustainability (aeiforia) heroes: go to the link "A video-based lesson created on TEDed" about a young African woman who makes bricks out of plastic waste. 

3c)  Some right pedagogy actions.

  • A school that won't let kids quit school -because it floats in water- in Bangladesh video   "During Floods, Floating Schools Bring the Classroom to Children".
  • Using ICT to keep in touch during COVID era: go to the link "Culpeer.pdf Food Waste Pillar" to see how teenagers make their way through technology.
  • Are you afraid of competitions? Not Lepenos High School which has already won a national prize! https://www.gymlep.gr/index.php/diakriseis/diagwnismos-site

4. Let's meet 3 Sustainable Schools...If they did it, why can't we?

NAME Shidhulai Floating Schools Lepenos High School Monteggia Secondary School
COUNTRY Bangladesh Greece Italy
1st YEAR OF Sustainable School 2002 2011 2020
Level of Education Primary,Lower Secondary High School Lower Secondary
  1.  For the 1st school (sustainable since its birth), begin with the presentation in the link "Bangladesh's Floating Schools". The document "Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha,NGO,Bangladesh" explains everything about the floating schools that go to the children.The video "Meet the Floating Schools" presents a high school kid's experience and the founder of the schools. Now it's time for the exercises "Floating Schools and the 3 pillars of Sustainable School" and "Shidhulai Floating Schools".
  2.  For the 2nd school, its awarded website https://www.gymlep.gr/index.php/drastiriotites/draseis/ will show you the way... 
  3. For the 3rd school, you have already done a lot of work but why don't you have a look at their newspaper in the link https://icmonteggialaveno.edu.it/sito-download-file/1101/all ?
  4. Have FUN with a green city management plan GAME!Go to the link "Recycle City Challenge".

And now it is YOUR turn!

Course Objectives/Goals
  • to understand the meaning and importance of sustainability (aeiforia) in our lives
  • to define the three main domains of Sustainable Schools (SSs) and identify their indexes (methods,activities)
  • to present schools -from different countries at different times- and their action plan towards sustainability
  • to guide and encourage school communities everywhere to organise and activate SSs.
Prerequisites/Prior Knowledge
  • Independent User of English (can understand and be understood in most cases)
  • Students must have completed Primary Level Education (of their national system)
  • Computer literacy age level 2 (CSTA, USA)

Please feel free to ask the creator of the lesson Ms Katerina Gamaletsou for any information using

the Chat from Course Options, email:kgamaletsou@yahoo.mail or messenger: Katerina Gamaletsou


Lower Secondary or Junior High School students (12-15 years of age)
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