Sustainable development in local communities
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
Sustainable development – local challenges in a global perspective:
Otta ungdomsskole has since 2011 participated in a National project called The Sustainable backpack., and our angle to the project has been sustainable development. The main aim of the Sustainable backpack is to increase awareness, understanding and competencies in and for sustainable development to teachers and students in primary and secondary education. The Sustainable backpack, is a national priory initiated by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Climate and Environment to support Norwegian schools to implement Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Directorate for Education and Training and The Norwegian Environment Agency are given the responsibility of implementing the Sustainable backpack in concert with the Norwegian Center for Science Education. Requirements to ESD projects or programs supported by the Sustainable backpack is that the teaching is inquiry-based and inter- or multi-disciplinary, and that part of the teaching is carried out at alternative learning arenas(http://www.natursekken.no/artikkel/vis.html?tid=2104906 .
In the period 2011-2014, since we participated in this project, we have developed a local curriculum on the theme sustainable development based on competence aims in K06 (The Norwegian national Curriculum).
Sustainable development is an important theme internationally, and throughout the project an idea has grown to reality, and we decided to try to expand the work to a transnational project. In our opinion, it would be very interesting to have contact with other countries to learn more about challenges others have in their local environment. Sustainable development has been on the agenda for several years. It is a focus area both nationally and internationally, and it is a central area in our curriculum.
In this project we want to focus on challenges we have on sustainable development in our local environment, and search for similarities and differences internationally in order to stimulate and create a commitment amongst youths of today. Sustainable development is about containing the needs of the people who live today, at the same time as we preserve our resources for future generations. In our opinion, young people in our time need a focus that can strengthen and develop respect, commitment and care for the nature- and culture-environment in their local surroundings. This can be done in different ways, and we think different countries and areas will have both differences and similarities in what challenges they meet, and therefore different approaches to the topic.
Economic challenges and changes in work markets increase a need to think differently. How are we going to take advantage of the resources we have in our local environment at the same time as we take into account the vulnerability of our nature? We want to focus on sustainable development to develop the understanding of how local use or misuse of nature is crucial to secure our future. This is why we find it interesting to cooperate with other countries/areas to contribute with our experieces on the work and to learn more about how they work with this theme. In the Norwegian national curriculum, LK06 Competance aims in Natural Sciense after Year Level 10, an area called "The budding researcher"( http://www.udir.no/kl06/NAT1-03/Hele/Kompetansemaal/Kompetansemal-etter-10-arstrinn/?lplang=enge) We have used observation and knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of how local use or misuse of nature can influence global development. We think it would be interesting if other schools could show other approaches to the theme.
The theme opens for many questions that contribute to reflection. It is up to us, as adults, to stimulate healthy values and to help the pupils to make good choices when it comes to right or wrong. Our role, as adults, is to help the young throughout the process to reflect on important questions. During this work, we can contribute to raise consciousness and strengthen respect for nature – and cultural environment locally, and in addition to this create engagement. To make good and wise choices can contribute to securing a good and healthy future.
We wish to connect with schools from different European countries, and have found exellent partner countries through the e-twinning community. There are two reasons why we want a transnational project, on the one hand, it will be interesting to get to know more about the challenges they have and what is done to handle it. On the other hand, we will be able to take advantage of some of the languages we offer our pupils as a second language. We want English as our work language in an CLiL approach, because we think all of the pupils will profit on the work and realize the importance of multilingualism.
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