Geoeducation for Everyone
What are GEOPARKS?
UNESCO Geoparks are territories presenting a unique geological heritage of international value. They are places where thoughtful visitor can meet, experience and touch the “Memory of the Earth”. The 4,5 billion years of history of our living planet.
UNESCO Geoparks are also places with an exceptional natural heritage. Fascinating landscapes, varied ecosystems, significant biodiversity are valued there and allow visitors to understand the current challenges of our planet.
UNESCO Geoparks are real meeting places between "Memory of the Earth" and "Human Memory". This memory of local populations constitutes a remarkable cultural heritage shared and explained to the visitors.
The intangible heritage is the precious witness to the long and intimate relationship between the local population and the Earth. Today extremely threatened, its conservation and transmission constitute an important mission of the Geoparks.
Geoparks are the result of a bottom-up process in which all of its population must participate in building a shared project for the future that can only go through suitable, integrated and sustainable economic development.
Geoparks are important educational devices at local and national levels as they play crucial roles in teaching and learning geosciences outdoors. In school classes, the subjects are presented by the teacher and in some cases,there happen dialogues between the teacher and the students. In such a method, the geosites are presented and their maps are drawn or they are virtually shown by means of software's and electronic devices, but during the field trips in Geoparks, the Geosites are studied under the real situation and after the observation of the phenomena and the processes, dialogues happen between the professors and the students and also among students.
Moreover, geoparks are visited by people from different educational levels and ages. One of the goals of the Geopark project is the popularization of geosciences.
We would like to represent important roles in reducing the losses and casualties of natural disasters by educational programs in geoparks. At the end, the project will provide the appropriate opportunity for thousands of people and design makers to get familiar with environmental (the concepts in nature) and geological sciences.
With this Project we will reflect on their exploitation by observing other European geoparks and the design and study of possible businesses and products in the area.
Therefore, we expect to update the teaching-learning process to improve results and motivate students to continue to study and work in the area, reducing school failure.
We intent to promote the use and the update in new technologies and foreign languages, as well as the personal iniciative and entrepreneurial skills of our students, by working in international teams in crosscurricular activities.
We will know our geoparks through a comparative analysis, we will promote them through the design of guided routes,creation of maps, leaflets, and geotales and we will disseminate all these results through digital platforms and publications.
We intend to develop students' 21 st Century skills.