Aims and Objectives
This project addresses Greening TVET, which describes the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that foster a culture of sustainable practices in the community, the workplace, and the institutional setting. Aligning VET Curricula to Greening and the Sustainable Development Goals aims to raise awareness in students and teachers from vocational or academic backgrounds concerning the concept and economics of Greening TVET and societies. This is achieved via an accredited training module that can be included in any VET curricula, or studied as an independent programme. The initiative is implemented under the EU Erasmus+ Project,2018-1-MT01-KA202-038471.
- Start date: 09/2018
- End date: 12/2021
- Target Groups: TVET learners, TVET teachers, Communities
- Participating Countries: Malta, North Macedonia, Greece, Spain
Aligning VET Curricula to Greening and the Sustainable Development Goals is an EU Erasmus+ project (Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) that includes implementation guidelines for aligning TVET curricula to Greening and the Sustainable Development Goals. Project outputs are created and implemented by the international partners as a team and hence reflect their specific national scenarios.
Challenges Addressed by this Initiative
Raising awareness of Greening issues across all TVET disciplines and linking them to SDG priorities,
Dissemination of Knowledge
Dissemination of knowledge, and delivering accredited training related to Greening to meet the intended goals.
Greening across Curricula
Design, development, and deployment of an accredited module that can be included in any TVET course curriculum or taught independently,
Up-Skilling of Educators
Provision of up-skilling for TVET teachers in relation to Greeningand environmental issues,
Provision of outreach and relevant information for TVET learners and their local communities in Greening.
Why is this Initiative a Success?
Aligning VET Curricula to Greening and the Sustainable Development Goals initiative addresses an identified need at the national level for TVET curricula that focus on Greening in TVET training courses, and inclusion of information concerning the Sustainable Development Goals. Other elements contributing to the success of the initiative include the focus on the effectiveness of the teaching process and up-skilling of teachers to prepare them to address these key issues.
What is the added value of this example?
The training module provides answers as to why Greening is important, what can be done to support Greening, and how Greening can be accomplished. It introduces the economics of Greening as well as aspects about renewable energy, resources and the environment.
Because this initiative is a collaboration by four European countries, the outputs are collectively implemented, and the end results reflect the specific needs of each country. This level of contextualization indicates that a core learning module in Greening can be developed and then adapted with minimal effort for specific environments.
Impact on Curricula
What implications does this example have for current or future curricula?
The project has a direct impact on TVET curricula through the development of an accredited training module that can be included in any TVET training course with minimal contextualization. This includes teacher training and preparation for the delivery of the training module.
How does this example impact TVET systems?
This example has impact at the institutional and systemic level due to MCAST’s accreditation of curricula. There are international level implications for this initiative as a successful example of multi-stakeholder cooperation to address TVET issues and produce locally contextualized outputs in a recognized area of high importance such as Greening.
How does this example respond to industry and social demands?
For industry, this initiative is important because employees who are aware of Greening and sustainability issues, and who are socially conscious, can be a driver for increased efficiency and productivity, leading to higher competitiveness. This responds to societal demands for raising the awareness of issues relating to Greening and promoting a sustainable society for future generations, within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Which components of this practice may have practical value to other UNEVOC Centres/TVET institutions?
The unit is designed in such a way that it is universally applicable to European and Maltese Qualification Frameworks for Level 4 learners, regardless of their course of study or if they are vocational or academic learners. In order to achieve this, the unit design was oriented to teach about the fundamental principles of Greening, before proceeding to engage the learners via practical case studies. By design, the outputs are intended for replication and contextualized use for other TVET stakeholders
What challenges do you see if transferred to another context?
Some adaptation is required for other country contexts, but the initiative provides examples of how this was achieved in four European countries, and these learning materials will be made available for free use at the end of 2021 in English, Greek, and Spanish.
Learner Training Module
An accredited training module for learners called Greening for a Sustainable Environment at European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 4
Teacher Training Module
A Teachers’ Training Module to increase the effectiveness of the teaching process for Output 1
A toolkit aimed at aiding educators during the teaching process
Greening in TVET Website & App
The design and development of a Website and App for assisting the dissemination of the project outputs, resources together with syndication of greening news, projects and events
The design of a logo that both reflects the core aspects of the outputs and also unifies them under a common representation.
Greening The Campus Guidebook
A “Greening the Campus” initiative across the partner institutions with the goal of creating an informative guidebook on the subject for other TVET stakeholders