Ocean Literacy Training Courses

The Ocean Literacy training courses are developed by IOC-UNESCO, specifically targeting educators, media and government officials. The training courses are hosted on IOC-UNESCO’s training platform, the OceanTeacher Global Academy.

The courses include lectures, case-studies, video messages from guest speakers, activities, quizzes, and online forums, as well as live webinars.

Educating about the Ocean: Waves of change

Formal and non-formal Educators

Educating about the Ocean: Waves of change

Course Length: ~ 10.5h

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 provide understanding on how educators can incorporate Ocean Literacy in their work.

iSea Stories: understanding the Ocean for media and press

Media and Press

iSea Stories: understanding the Ocean for media and press

Course Length: ~ 9h

Media and press are key players to advance ocean sustainability. This course will provide an overview of the importance of the ocean, challenges faced by the ocean and innovative solutions and case-studies to address these. It will provide insights and tools to allow the development of attractive, accurate and effective story telling about the ocean in media and press. This online course is the first of its kind for journalists and media representatives.

Mainstreaming Ocean Literacy in Governance

Government Officials

Mainstreaming Ocean Literacy in Governance

Course Length: ~ 9h

The ocean provides numerous public benefits yet there is a pressing need to further mainstream Ocean Literacy in governance. Ocean Literacy (OL) is ‘the understanding of human influence on the Ocean and the Ocean’s influence on people’. This course will provide government officials with an overview of the importance of the Ocean. It will showcase the ocean as a source for development, present challenges and introduce tools and approaches for decision-making and governance regarding ocean sustainability.

 Ocean Literacy: Why the ocean should matter to us all

General Public

Ocean Literacy: Why the ocean should matter to us all

Course Length: ~ 5h

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.

The applications for the first round of the Ocean Literacy training courses will be available until 20 January 2021 (midnight CEST). Available seats are limited and therefore applicants will go through a selection process. All applicants will be notified about the result of the selection process early February 2021.

What will I learn?

  • What is Ocean Literacy
  • The Ocean Literacy Principles
  • The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the role of Ocean Literacy in the Decade.
  • Brief introduction to the SDGs, SDG 14 and its connection to other SDGs and Ocean Literacy.
  • How to adapt Ocean Literacy to your sector

FAQs

If you still have any doubt about the Ocean Literacy Training, please email oceanliteracy@unesco.org