Vocational training in the Lesvos Petrified Forest
Vocational Training Center – Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest is a private sector agency which provides continuing vocational training services and is accredited by the National Centre for the Accreditation of Vocational Training Structures and Accompanying Support Services (EKEPIS).
The VTC – NHMLPF has been accredited by EKEPIS to provide educational and training programmes in the thematic fields of the environment; health and welfare; culture and sports; education; tourism and services; agriculture; technology and transportation. Besides, the Center participates in the organization and coordination of various activities such as meetings, conferences, research, creation and publication of educational aids, promotional actions to counteraction of unemployment etc.
Vocational Trainining Programmes
1.«Promotion of protected regions and preservation of fossils – Technical palaeontological excavations and conservation, with emphasis on the Petrified Forest of Lesvos». Duration: 400 hours.
2.«Forest Ecosystems: Management – Protection – Reforestation» Duration: 400 hours.
3.«Techniques for the protection of excavations and preservation of fossils, with emphasis on the Petrified Forest of Lesvos».
4. «Management and promotion of protected and ecologically sensitive regions, with emphasis on the Petrified Forest of Lesvos». Duration: 400 hours.
In collaboration with the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, the Center organizes and coordinates conferences, meetings and other educational programmes.
1. In 2003, VTC participated in the organization of the international conference entitled «Educational Programmes in Monuments and Museums – Designing Environmental Education Material – «Co-organizers: National Center of Public Administration, NH Museum of the LPF, University of the Aegean, Ministry of the Aegean (17 – 19 October 2003).
2. In 2005, VTC participated in the organization of the international conference entitled «6th European Geoparks Conference». Co-organizers: NH Museum of the LPF, University of the Aegean.
3. In 2009, VTC participated in the organization of the 3rd International Geopark Seminar international seminar entitled «Earth Heritage and nature conservation: Geoparks Management and Sustainable Tourism action Programmes» Co-organizers: NH Museum of the LPF, University of the Aegean.
4.In 2009, VTC participated in the organization of the educational programme entitled “Get acquainted and protect the Petrified Forest: Participate in processes of cleaning and preserving fossils” Co-organizers: NH Museum of the LPF.
5. In 2010, VTC participated in the organization of the 9th European Geopark Conference entitled «Learning from the Past -Building a Sustainable Future» Co-organizers: NH Museum of the LPF, University of the Aegean.
6. In 2010, VTC participated in the organization of the 4th International Geopark Seminar entitled «Evaluating Earth Heritage Management” and in the organization of an Educational Forum. Co-organizers: NH Museum of the LPF, University of the Aegean.
7.In 2010, VTC participated in the organization of the educational programme entitled “Get acquainted and protect the Petrified Forest: Participate in processes of cleaning and preserving fossils” Co-organizers: NH Museum of the LPF.
Best practice: “The water that units us – 2nd edition” Educational Contest Taking into account the main objectives of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and the United Nations Decade for Action “Water for life” (2005-2015) promoted by UNESCO, the Portuguese National Commission for UNESCO invited all its members to participate in the school contest (2013/2014), entitled “Water that unites us – 2nd edition”. With the aim to promote the main goals of this school contest, in the framework of the strategy of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, but also promoting once again the Geoparks concept and the role of Geosciences in the dissemination of Environmental best practices and of a more active and socially responsible citizenship, the school contest focused on the sustainable use of water, especially in the Geoparks territories, allowing students to explore this theme with field trips to rivers, collecting samples and study them and creating awareness about water consumption, working as a team in the classroom and involving their parents and the local communities, with exhibitions of their work, promoting also conferences and seminars about this issue.
Future activities: “Insects in order” Educational exhibition “Insects in Order” is an educational exhibition that sets an irresistible challenge for children and adults alike: to become a biologist for an hour. The experience transmits the enjoyment and excitement of discovery in science through an identification of insects. It will be available in the Arouca Municipal Museum. The exhibition will be open daily to the general public between 4th of June to 14th of September
Aims of GeoEducatial activities -to promote geological culture and a new approach to Earth Sciences for kids -to discover the geological heritage of their territory -to manage the geological heritage and their territory in a sustainable way -to understand hydrogeological hazard in their territory -to study and prepare to become a guide to other students – tourists -to know other territories with a significant geological heritage: the European Geoparks Network and the Global Geoparks Network.
Best Practices in Geo-education: “Hydrogeological Hazard” and “A walk on the ocean floor… “Hydrogeological hazard” is an education project to understand: -Vulnerability of the territory -Causes and effects of the urbanization -Hydrogeological risk connected to extreme precipitations events in own city -Self – protection rules
C.A.P.O. A walk on the ocean floor… The CAPO group is a network of Italian Nature Parks with a big and important outcrop of Ofiolites rocks working together to promote the geological culture. “A walk on the ocean floor” is an education project to twin two classes and their Parks to explore their geological heritages and make it known to others. A project to discover how the rocks and the different processes (Geodiversity) affect the flora, fauna and habitat (Biodiversity)
Goals and results: Children have increased the perception and sensitivity to the geological heritage of their territory.In the years 2012/2013 a total of 50 classes and 786 pupils joined Geo Educational projects by our staff Several classes produced: booklets, guides, brochures, PowerPoint files, and billboards or posters .The Beigua Geopark printed the “handbook of rock detective” “geo archeology detective” and the series of brochure “weather warnings in natural Park”, “behavior in the Park”