Ocean Literacy: Why the ocean should matter to us all
IOC/OTGA/OL Online Training Course
15 - 17 February 2021
We all depend on the ocean, yet Ocean Literacy needs to be further enhanced worldwide. Ocean Literacy (OL) is ‘the understanding of human influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on people’. It is not only about increasing awareness on the state of the ocean, but it is also about providing tools and approaches to transform ocean knowledge into actions that promote ocean sustainability.
This course will provide a general overview of the importance of the ocean, the challenges it faces, and ways forward for sustainability. It will introduce the concept of Ocean Literacy, describe its basic principles, tools and approaches, and give a basic understanding of how a wide spectrum of stakeholders and social actors can support Ocean Literacy. It ultimately expects to encourage participants to incorporate Ocean Literacy in their work and everyday lives.
Aims and Objectives
This course will provide a general understanding of the concept of Ocean Literacy and the importance of the ocean. It aims to support participants to incorporate Ocean Literacy into their work and their day to day lives.
Expected learning outcomes
- Understand the concept of Ocean Literacy, the importance of the ocean and the relation between the ocean and people.
- Learn about the Ocean Literacy Principles and the possibility to adapt them to multiple contexts.
- Be introduced to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the role of Ocean Literacy in the Decade.
Target audience and prerequisites
This course is open to the general public and does not require any pre-requisite knowledge. Government officials, educators and representatives of the private sector, media, civil society, academia, as well as students and early career professionals, are encouraged to participate.
- Introduction to Ocean Literacy
- The Ocean Literacy Essential Principles
- Adapting Ocean Literacy to different contexts
- Ocean Literacy and the UN Decade of Ocean Science
The course will include quizzes and tests. A course certificate will be provided to participants completing all tests and assignments.
Language of instruction
- Francesca Santoro
- Kerstin Forsberg
- guest speakers
NOTE: The introductory course on Ocean Literacy: Why the ocean should matter to us all is not mandatory for participants attending any of the 3 other sectorial courses.
Sectorial courses are independent from each other and you can apply to one sectorial course only.
Course Format and Duration
This 10-hour long course consists of a series of (online) lectures, case-studies, video messages from guest speakers, activities, quizzes, and online forums. The initial launch of the course will include live webinars for participants, in addition to the self-paced learning modules.
Period for Applications: 15 December 2020 - 20 January 2021. Please fill in the online application form on https://bit.ly/2V0n5FJ no later than 20 January 2021 (midnight CEST)
In case of need for further clarifications please use the contact(s) above, always using as email subject the name of the course.
Note: UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.
No tuition fee.
The UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE is certified as a Learning Services Provider (ISO 29990:2010). The OceanTeacher Global Academy is a Project of IOC/IODE supported by the Flanders-UNESCO Trust Fund (FUST) of the Government of Flanders, Belgium.
|ADARAYAN Eufemio Jr||Philippines|
|CUCUZZA Marina||United States of America|
|DE SILVA Sudarsha||Sri Lanka|
|DOS SANTOS Sandro||Brazil|
|RIBEIRO Ana Rita||Portugal|
|ROSLI Ummi Nadiah||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
= Person has declined to participate or had their request to participate declined.
Total Invited: 25