Public Programme 2 April 2009

The knowledge box – The future of our city is unknown but we can create it

We live in houses, work in factories, learn in schools, meet in assembly rooms - places in a city fulfil different functions for us. We walk through forests, transport goods over streeets and rivers…
But how does the water quality for a flush have to be? How many machines do we really need? What goes better, the cable railway or my old car? What tastes better, the apples from my garden or those from Australia? How much of a forest does the print shop need for a newspaper? Can I benefit from the sun on my house top?
To answer these questions, we need informations and imagination. In the knowledge box in front of the ancient Bundestag and a few steps from here.


Date and Venue: 31.3.-2.4.2009, World Conference Center Bonn, in front of the main entrance, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn

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Hot Times - taking the climate into your Hand!

The Eine Welt Mobil (One world Automobile) is a part of the new campaign "Hot times - taking the climate into your hands" for young people and children, which is a 2 year campaign that promotes sustainable learning.The Eine Welt Mobil is a bright, red bus that is packed full with exciting games and materials, ready to make a day visit to your school! On this day you could escape the classroom to learn about climate change; the issue everyone is talking about. During a project  day with the one word automobile we learned what exactly climate change is, what it is doing to the world, how it is caused, if it will affect the entire world and what we can do to save the climate.

Organizer: Eine Welt Netz NRW

Date and Venue: 31.03. - 02.04.2009, World Conference Center Bonn,
in front of the main entrance, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn

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Forest forum

The forest forum aided to demonstrate the importance of forest to Education for Sustainable Development. There was a "green classroom" which was surrounded by trees, logs served as benches. It was located at the Münsterplatz in the centre of Bonn. We invited pupils from Primary Schools and Kindergarden-Children to the "forest forum". In a forest-like atmosphere four classes or groups each day learnt facts about forests, sustainable utilisation of wood and the sustainable developement. Due to the public location other people were able to watch this event and had the chance to get some informations about Education for Sustainable Development.

Organizers: German Association for the Protection of Forests and Woodlands

Date and Venue: 30.03 - 06.04.2009, 8.00 - 7.00 pm, Münsterplatz, 53115 Bonn inner city, Germany

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Child labour: Children’s rights are human rights

Children’s Rights are Human Rights. Meaning that children have the right to spend their childhood without being forced to work. Furthermore, they have the right to education. However, more than 218 million children have to work every day. The exhibition ‘workers-neglected childhood’ showed photographs of the Italian photographer Cristina Francessoni who is engaged in a comprehensive documentation of children’s destinies. Francessoni wants to stop child labour and stands up for their rights.

Organizers: Welthungerhilfe

Date and Venue: 31.3.-2.4., Kreuzgang der Katholischen Hochschulgemeinde Bonn, Brüdergasse 8, 53111 Bonn

Open: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., weekend 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Getting Mobile for ESD - LUMBRICUS bus in front of the conference venue

Mobile Environmental Education Projects (MEEPs) with their specialised technical equipment and educational methods form an attractive means of conveying ESD. Representing the network of mobile educational projects (AGUM), which exist in many countries throughout the world, LUMBRICUS, the rolling classroom from North-Rhine Westphalia, allowed a glimpse into its hands-on experiments for ESD and provided information on the international network of MEEPs.

Organizers: Association for MEEPs (= mobile environmental education projects)

Date and Venue: 31.3. - 2.4.2009, 10:00 -  4:30 pm, World Conference Center Bonn, in front of the main entrance, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn

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Wadden Sea meets Biotope

Questions like global climate change, energy supply and sustainability are in the focus of an exhibition at NaturGut Ophoven. While walking in the garden, visitors can examine and experience factors, problems and solutions related to these topics. A climate station shows youngsters the difference between climate and weather; local biotopes give a brief idea of what hands-on pedagogical experience means and staff members of the International Wadden Sea School explain why nature has to be protected across national borders. There are plenty of things to do and see. On your mark, ready, go!

Organizers: NaturGut Ophoven, Germanwatch, International Wadden Sea School

Date and Venue: 31.03.2009, 9.00-17.00 h; 1.04.2009, 9.00 – 17.00 h; 2.04.2009,
9.00-17.00 h – NaturGutOphoven, Talstraße 4, 51379 Leverkusen

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Multimedia & water

The concept of self-organised learning presents the implementation of the topic ‘water’ into school curriculars. The visitors could experience the complexity of water and do some extraordinary experiments. The essential factor was the combination of multimedia components with traditional design approaches. This allowed a variety of experience such as those between science, aesthetics and philosophy. The approach of “self-organized learning” is used in combination with multimedia learning methods which are also useful for extracurricular partners. The information point “A sip of Water” showed this approach to the public.

A special training for teachers on the subject of “Self-Organized Learning (SOL) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)” took place from 14.00-18.00h.  “Self-Organized Learning” is a teaching concept that supports and structures the autonomous organization of learning processes. The method SOL is especially suitable for interdisciplinary teaching units as well as for the organization of subject-specific teaching. In the context of this advanced training for teachers of all school types and subjects the complex relations between SOL and ESD was elaborated.

Organizers: Insyde e. V., CREative TAten

Date and venue: 31.03. 2009, 9.00-19.00 h, 02.04.2009, 9-19 h, Evangelische Akademie im Rheinland, Mandelbaumweg 2, 53177 Bonn

Water quality and research - the ship MS "Burgund" as a swimming classroom

The measuring and investigation ship MS “Burgund“ was open to the public in addition to the members-only workshop.
On board of the MS "Burgund" people were able to get to know a special teaching and learning concept developed for pupils of the first secondary school level. The concept trained pupils to become „laboratory assistants “, „river researchers“, „Rhine discoverers“ and/or „ship leaders“. These stations were supervised by authentic experts e.g. a ship leader and a laboratory assistant. Hence, these experts were on board during the puplic programm to answer to all the questions of the publicity.

Organizers: Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Consumer Protection
of the German Federal Land Rhineland-Palatinate (Abkürzung im Deutschen MUFV)

Date and Venue: 1.04. 2009: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm and
2.04.2009: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
MS "Burgund" - Quay/Pier „Bundeshaus“

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Sustainable food, energy efficiency and intercultural dialogue  

The UNESCO associated schools are not only educational institutions; they are also promoters of sustainability concepts. Thus, it is no wonder that the UNESCO associated schools presented their work at the UNESCO World Conference on Sustainable Development. In the focus of the shown projects were activities in the areas of energy, media competence and ecology. Possibilities of intercultural learning via internet were explained. SolarNet presented its cyberspace network with more than 900 users from 38 countries. Furthermore, students prepared sustainable food and showed how to boil water in an alternative way. Last but not least, visitors were able to have a look at the preparation of a sustainable buffet. Delicious!

Organizers: Robert-Wetzlar-School for vocational education, Schillergymnasium Münster, Comenius-Kolleg Mettingen

Date and Venue: 1.04.2009, 15-16.30 h.; 2.04.2009, 10-13 h – Robert-Wetzlar-Berufskolleg. Kölnstraße 229, 53117 Bonn

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Sustainability in forests

Forest education, hunting and school are no contradiction. On the contrary, they complement each other and give new input to current discussions related to new learning styles. The ‘House of Nature’ wanted to show new approaches in the field of nature education. Visitors experienced nature with ‘head, heart and hand’ and got to know new concepts on how to advance sustainable development. Being crucial for sustainability, forest use could be examined in detail. Examples were given and interaction with ecological, economic, social and cultural factors were not left out.

Organizers: House of Nature, ‘Querwaldein’, Forestry of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, German Hunting Protection Association, University of Freiburg and Pedagogic College of Ludwigsburg

Date and Venue: 31.03.2009, 16.00 – 20.00 h; 1.04. 2009, 10.00 – 15.00 h; 2.04.09, 11.00 – 17.00 h, Haus der Natur Bonn-Kottenforst (Waldau), An der Waldau 50, 53127 Bonn

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Exhibition: How to approach global justice? Methods and instruments enhancing global competences and understanding

Global justice is an issue arising from the concern that "we do not live in a just world.”  Many people have high income, while others live on less than one dollar a day. Some live in war conditions other in peace.
How should we respond to these facts?
Global Education is an active learning process which starts with raising awareness of these problems, then creates a deeper understanding of the complex issues behind. Thereby it aims at changing people's attitudes and encourages them to reflect on their own role.
What are the methods to reach these goals?
At five learning stations good practices for education for sustainable development were showcased.

Organizers: Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst gGmbH (DED), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ), Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V., Disability and Development Cooperation/bezev), Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH (InWEnt)

Date and Venue: 31.03.2009 01:00 p.m. - 05:00 p.m.
02.04.2009 10:30 a.m. - 02:30 p.m.
InWEnt gGmbH, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40, 53113 Bonn (Room A)

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Guided Tour on Forest Pedagogy and Sustainability

By walking along a path through the wood participants were able to see, hear and feel that wood and modern forestry offer the chance to get a practical experience of the meaning of sustainability. The instruments of forest pedagogy are fascinating, colourful and useful not only for children but for all people. It shows the interdependences between "using" and "saving" nature and environment.

Organizers: German Organisation for Hunting and Conservation/Foundation natur + mensch

Date and Venue: 2nd April 2009, 10-12 a. m.
Haus der Natur, Waldau, Bonn-Venusberg

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Award-ceremony of new official Decade-Projects

On April 2nd 2009, directly after the World Conference, an award-ceremony of new official Decade-Projects took place from 4.30 pm until 6.00 pm in the “Wasserwerk” at the World Conference Center. Approximately 50 ESD-projects were awarded the title “Official Project of the UN-Decade 2009/2010” by a representative of the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Chairman of the German National Committee for the UN Decade of ESD.

All participants of the World Conference were cordially invited to join the ceremony.

Guided tour in the Botanic Gardens Bonn: "Diversity of cultures, Diversity of life - Safeguarding one world!"

On two days the Bonn Botanic Gardens and Inwent- Capacity Building International offered a guided tour for Delegates of the UNESCO World Conference. The aim was to talk about "Biological and Cultural Diversity" as a key theme for ESD. With this tour the organisers also wanted to show the great potential of Botanic Gardens and similar institutions for ESD.
The Participants were picked up at the conference venue (World Conference Center Bonn) where they also returned by the end of the lunch break. A small snack and a soft drink were provided.

Organizers: Bonn University Botanic Gardens, Inwent

Date and Venue: 31.03.09, 1:30-2:30 pm and 02.04.09, 1:30-2:30 pm, Bonn University Botanic Gardens, Meckenheimer Allee 171, 53115 Bonn, Germany

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City Guided Tour on consumption & globalisation, project KonsumGlobal

"What's our burger got to do with the rain-forest?" "Why did a jeans travel the world before we buy it?"

The interactive guided city tour on globalisation & sustainable consumption gave answers to these questions and stirred discussions on alternatives. KonsumGlobal is a good-practise example of non-formal ESD, being an awarded ESD-project that is successfully run in about 20 german cities and easy to adopt internationally!

We presented the method and the project and were happy to discuss experiences with you! We were also looking for international contacts and future co-operation!

Jochen Dallmer, project coordinator

Organizers: Young Friends of the Earth Germany & JANUN e.V.

Date and Venue: 02.04.2009,  5.30- 6.30 pm, Meeting Point: Münsterplatz, 53113 Bonn, Beethoven Statue, Germany

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Finkens Garden: Experience nature with all your senses 

Experience nature with all your senses? If you want to give it a try, you have to visit Finkens Garden. Would you like to know how a green eel or a world garden has to look like, you should come along and enjoy nature. With more than 130 bird, 74 cicada, 447 bug and 148 butterfly species, biodiversity can be discovered at a glance. You will be surrounded by speaking, awfully stinking and wonderfully smelling flowers. Children are particularly welcome. Touching, discovering, laughing and smelling: almost everything is allowed! But there is also enough entertainment for adults. Five official German Projects of the UN Decade  will present their work at Finkens Garden. Energy conservation shall be tested, Continents can be discovered as flowerbeds. It’s worth coming along because “boredom is something nature does not know. It is an invention of townsmen.” (Hermann Hesse, 1877-1962)

Organizers: Finkens Garden, City of Aalen, Association for environment education of Baden-Württemberg, BUND, Action-orientated energysaving at school and at parents’ home

Date and venue: 31.03.2009, 12.00-19.00 h, 1.04.2009, 10.00-14.00 h, 2.04.2009, 10.00 -15.00 h, Finkens Garden, Friedrich Ebert-Straße 49, 50996 Köln (Cologne, tram 16, stop: Rodenkirchen)

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