Report about project week ‚Sustainability‘– 5. Feb till 9. Feb 2024

14.02.2024

General objectives

The aim of this project was to bring the SGDs to the students’ attention. By working on each SDG and by presenting them to each other, students should gain further insights into the topic. In a second step, they had to develop individual sustainable measures for their schools in connection with one or more SDGs. Finally, they had to present their ideas to their peers and teachers.

In depth objectives

  1. Regional identities

Students were introduced to each other and had to exchange their experiences, when it comes to sustainability in their schools, private homes and hometowns. By doing so, they realised regional differences and parallels concerning culture, attitude towards sustainability, climate change and its impact and ways of living.

  • Setting future goals

While being exposed to the set task, students realised the necessity of collaboration across national borders. Furthermore, they gained first experiences concerning advertising important measures: ‘How to present ideas to an audience and how to convince them to take part and action.’

Documentation

Monday, 5. February – Socializing

To guarantee a productive outcome, students took part in various socializing activities, such as name games and presenting personal characters. Secondly, they were internationally matched to present the single SDGs. Finally, they were given 5€ each, which were to be spend in groups on locally produced products at a food market in the city centre of Graz. Additionally, they had to take pictures of their purchases and to present their experiences the next day.

Tuesday, 6. February – Sustainability in Companies/Kick off for sustainable measures

In the beginning the students had a presentation from the ‘Institute of Sustainable Economics’. Mr Kozina-Voit perfectly introduced the topic of how to lead a company sustainably. Students had to create their own fishing company and had to agree on a specific amount of fish they would catch per season. Finally, they were faced with their failure caused by overfishing. This eye-catching example of sustainable work enabled the students to develop their personal measures.

Subsequently, they were introduced into the ‘creative problem solving approach’ in connection with John Cleese’s book ‘Creativity’. After another energizer, they had to get together in international groups to start the process of collecting ideas and mind mapping.

Wednesday, 7. February – Sustainability at first hand

The whole day was spent at a chocolate factory, which is sustainably producing fair trade chocolate, which is distributed globally. After a video introduction into the ‘Bean to Bar’ philosophy, the students could gain insights into the production of the chocolate, not to mention the tasting.

Thursday, 8. February – Production day

The students spent the whole day on their projects. In a final creative session, they were supposed to finalise their ideas. The last step was to produce their posters and mini-prototypes. Additionally, they had to work on solutions for how to advertise their ideas in their schools of origin.

The following issues were tackled:

  • Waste of energy
  • Waste of paper
  • Recycling – Reusing

Presented measures:

  • Solar panels on roofs/in blinds
  • Automatic light applications
  • Reusable notebooks, based on plastic waste
  • Decomposing and harvesting at school
  • New trash systems

Friday, 9. February – Presentation and Farewell

All six groups professionally presented their ideas on prototypes to their classmates. In a final reflexive discussion, the findings were analysed and especially ideas were gathered of how to implement those measures at the specific schools. Students were encouraged to contact their teachers, parents, and even local companies to try to carry out their ideas.

The prototypes are displayed in the entrance hall of the organizing school. Additionally, the week was documented on PADLET, including sources, pictures and voice recordings. The link is being embedded on social media channels of the school. Students, as well as teachers are broadcasting the ideas and measures in their home – schools.

https://padlet.com/KlexKluse/erasmus-exchangeweek-shaping-the-future-6lh95rsw2ovlq4s7

                In the end, there was an individual feedback section and a friendly farewell session.

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