RCE Fryslân - 2022

Climate and Industry - 75 Years Lower Saxony. A Dutch-German highschool exchange.
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Climate and Industry - 75 Years Lower Saxony. A Dutch-German highschool exchange.
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Fryslân
Contributing organization(s) : 
SPARK the Movement; Stellingwerf College; De Nieuwe Veste; Cleveringa Lyceum; Twents Carmel College; ISG Schaumburg; Province of Fryslân.
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Heleentje Swart
Organizational Affiliation: 
SPARK the Movement
Format of project: 
Highscool exchange project; Manifest
Language of project: 
English; Dutch; German
Date of submission:
Monday, July 4, 2022
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Europe
Country: 
Germany
Netherlands
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Turfmarkt 11, 8911KS
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Ecosystem(s):

Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The 4 northern provinces of the Netherlands and the German province of Lower Saxony are largely rural and agricultural regions, consisting mainly from agricultural land, to forests and (drained) peatlands. While the region has a big focus on agriculture there are various industrial hubs. Furthermore there a few large cities, with most notable Groningen en Enschede on Dutch side, while Hannover is by far the largest city on German side.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The project aimed to address the challenges of climate change and the role that industry plays in this. Furthermore, it aimed at connecting youth across the border in order to foster connections and collaboration.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
September, 2021
Rationale: 
For the 75th anniversary of Lower Saxony, the Prime Minister Weil of Lower Saxony, invited a delegation of youth from the Netherlands, to the conference about Climate and Industry, that was held to mark this milestone. Borne out of this invitation, an exchange programme with 4 schools from the 4 Northern provinces in the Netherlands and 1 from Lower Saxony emerged.
Objectives: 
The objective was to prepare the visit of the Dutch Youth delegation to the conference around Climate and Industry for the 75th anniversary of Lower Saxony. Furthermore, the exchange intended to connect Dutch and German youth in order to enhance cross border collaboration and connection.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
As part of the exchange the high school students came together to discuss the topic and prepare for the conference intended for November 2021. Part of this was visiting industry partners to talk about the impact of climate change, policies to address climate change and what would be necessary to more effectively combat climate change.
Size of academic audience: 
50-100
Results: 
As part of the exchange a number of preparatory meetings and industry visits were held on Dutch side. Furthermore the Dutch delegation visited the students of ISG Schaumburg in Hagen, Germany twice. Once in November 2021 and another time in July 2022. During the first visit a climate manifest produced by the students was presented to a German Member of Parliament, while during the second visit the manifest was discussed with Prime Minister Weil and the 4 Commissioners of the King of the four northern Dutch Provinces.
Key messages: 
Youth are a key stakeholder in getting a greener future and already at highschool level they have, when given time and resources to delve into the topic, a profound understanding of the challenges we are facing.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Indirect
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Indirect
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Direct
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Direct
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Direct
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Indirect
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Indirect
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Indirect
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Direct
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Direct
Traditional Knowledge  
Indirect
Agriculture 
Direct
Arts 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Direct
Ecotourism 
Indirect
Forests/Trees 
Indirect
Plants & Animals 
Indirect
Waste 
Indirect
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
state: 
Direct
I acknowledge the above: 
Yes