SEAI 2007 – 15
Service Provision and Project Management for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI):
Between 2007 and 2015 Global Action Plan (GAP) project managed the SEAI primary and post-primary school workshops programme. During this time GAP provided high quality expert support for the management and organisation of the SEAI programme which in the 2014-2015 academic year alone delivered in excess of 700 student workshops, 40 teacher training workshops and 10 events across Ireland. Over the years GAP worked closely with SEAI to grow the programme from a few hundred workshops to what it is today. As part of this service GAP managed the day-to-day running of the SEAI primary schools programme, liaising with relevant stakeholders and organised the distribution of SEAI school resources. In order to implement the programme in the most efficient manner GAP developed and managed a network of 8 Regional Centres and a team of facilitators across the country.
Most recently GAP developed two post-primary workshops for SEAI, trained a network of regional delivery partners, and oversaw the effective roll out of these new services. As well as being curriculum linked and designed to support teachers, both workshops use active learning methodologies, encourage students to develop critical thinking, whilst being fun and interactive.
In addition, GAP was instrumental in the design and national roll out of a new CPD teacher training workshop which is a key element in SEAI’s new ‘Exploring our Energy’ programme. In 2014 over 100 of these workshops were delivered across the country, using a network of regional partners and facilitators. Finally, GAP provided strategic development support, workshop and resource development as necessary and continually adapted its service provision in order to meet the evolving needs of the SEAI programme.
“I would personally recommend GAP as a service provider; they provide high quality and efficient service provision in the area of environmental education and training.” – Aoife Cannon, SEAI.
Drumcondra Education Centre 2009 -13
Delivery of Department of Education approved teacher training courses:
In conjunction with DEC GAP delivered a Department of Education approved week-long teacher training courses, focusing on practical ways of delivering the SESE primary science National Curriculum. The courses covered both environmental education in the classroom and setting up school gardens.
SOURCE: Department of Education – External review 2007:
This course provided an excellent balance between theory and its practical application to the school setting. The course providers were acutely aware of the importance of enabling the participants to both engage in practical activities and participate in discussions related to the application of both topics to their particular schools.
Each day incorporated both lectures and practical workshops. highly comprehensive lectures, providing a through insight into the concepts, were complemented by subsequent practical activities that were designed to enable the teachers to apply their newfound knowledge in situations that mirrored the school setting. In addition, one presenter also shared her experience of designing school gardens in urban settings.
The three presenters admirably complemented one another as they each possessed a different area of expertise/experience. Each presenter was highly knowledgeable in her field, was thoroughly prepared, presented her lecture/workshop in a structured manner and comprehensively addresses the participants’ queries. The sessions reflected the objectives as identified in course timetable. The presentation style was admirably varied. This was facilitated by the varied expertise and presentation style of three presenters themselves and further enhanced by the fact that each day was designed to incorporate both lectures and related practical workshops.
BODYSHOP 2007 – 09
Action in Schools Europe’ (Body Shop funded 3 year international project):
Development and delivery of this joint funded schools initiative between GAP Ireland, Poland and UK running energy based, youth-led action projects in primary and secondary schools.
“Action on Energy is helping us to build a network of teacher and students working together with a common objective,” Teacher, St Aidan’s Community School.
“It worked really well and at a suitable level for the children,” Lead Teacher, Virgin Mary Boys National Primary School.
Schools feedback – Poland: “I wish to continue such actions and next year to begin my study of Environmental Engineering. I hope to form such a team again to run a similar energy campaign.”
“Such a campaign should be run all the time,” Student, Maria Curie Joint Secondary School.
SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND
Lets Talk Science, Ballymun Science Festival (2015 & 2016):
The festival is organised and delivered by the Rediscovery Centre and GAP with support from Science Foundation Ireland and in association with Dublin City Council. The aim is to celebrate and promote the contributions that science makes to society – past, present and future, and to encourage and inspire public awareness of science and technology.
The festival aimed to make science more accessible and meaningful for the local community and the general public through fun and interactive workshops. This festival is a result of successful collaboration between the two organisations, bringing together complementary skills for the benefit of the community.
In 2015 >1,500 people participated in the festival over 4 days.