Project ideas for SDN

Quickly save the world again ... .. (SdN)

“I practiced sewing buttons at home, I can already do it really well,” shouts Zoé when the environmental educator Johannes Lutz walks into the classroom of the Albert Schweitzer School in Rotenburg. Maximilian from the Ernst von Harnack School in Bad Hersfeld remembers from the last lesson that "Airplanes are very fast, but they blow a lot of CO2 into the air."

How can I contribute something?

With these two primary schools, the environmental education center in Licherode is carrying out a pilot project for the so-called school year of sustainability, which means ten double lessons with two third grades each. The topics start with climate change and lead through energy, heat, consumption, garbage and recycling, paper, clothing and fabrics, mobility, nutrition to the same question: How can I contribute in my direct everyday life to the fact that we can benefit ourselves and those who follow Conserve and conserve resources for generations. Repairing instead of throwing away is the motto, and so a learning station for sewing on buttons was created. And who would have thought that it means living resource protection when a child hangs up their parents' laundry "so that the dryer stays off this time". Or when - as tried out at a paper station in the workroom in Rotenburg - new envelopes are made from paper waste. And every envelope is unique.

Woodlice become stars

Johannes Lutz knows that the cumbersome topic of sustainability can only take hold with children if class visits are fun. For this reason, the students make paper themselves, for example, or assemble circuits using the construction kit. Too long frontal lessons are avoided, and learning often takes place independently at prepared stations. In the courtyard of the Harnack School, Lutz can hardly save himself from students, even during the breaks, when the children discover that there is an opportunity there to find animals in the compost heap and look at them under a magnifying glass. Suddenly woodlice become stars.

six model regions in Hessen

The sustainability school year was developed in von Umweltlernen Frankfurt e.V., and as part of the Hessian sustainability education initiative, the project can now develop further in six Hessian model regions. The Licherode Environmental Education Center is one of the centers that, in cooperation with the respective school principals and class teachers, is promoting the project idea. The aim is for pupils to know what sustainable development means and what this means for their own actions at the end of their primary school years. Zoé's buttons are just the first step.

Anyone can do something

The fourth grade of the Albert-Schweitzer-Schule will be instructed this year by the Licheröder pedagogues Lena Heilmann and Nadja Leidebrand. At the end of the new school year of sustainability, they have considered a special campaign: In cooperation with the former forester and current senior environmental trainer Peter Kother, the school has started to plant trees and create a “children's forest”. Some sycamores are already there, and it is fitting that Michael Kiefer - one of the teachers involved - also heads the school's forest work group and can thus ensure with the children in the future that the trees and the school's carbon footprint are fine .

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