On the 14 July 2004, CEER (Centre for Environmental Education and Research) was set up at the Faculty of Education. It marked the cooperation between entities that play an intrinsic role in environmental education: The Ministry for Education, the Ministry for Rural Affairs and Environment, the University of Malta and the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. Such an initiative demonstrated a fitting and timely commitment by Malta towards the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
CEER’s role is to promote environmental education and research in the Euro-Med region by seeking to catalyse change towards a sustainable society. It endeavours to offer opportunities for environmental education to empower citizens to actively participate in environmental decision making fora and in initiatives that promote a good quality of life for all. CEER offers a hub that co-ordinates environmental education initiatives, increases the opportunity for environmental education research, makes scientific and technological research results more accessible and facilitates resource transfer and capacity building in Malta and the Euro-Med region.
Environmental education has been a special area of interest at the Faculty of Education since 1991. Initially work focused on the formal education sector by developing curriculum material and methodologies in teacher education programmes and supervising research at undergraduate level. The field of activity was later extended to include work within the community, co-operation with governmental and non-governmental organisations, and networking with local and regional groups/individuals to initiate joint projects. The spread of its field of activity further consolidated CEER's position as the main environmental education agency in the country.
29 April 2017