Last weekend the kick-off meeting for the Baltic Care Project was held at SSHL. The aim of the Baltic Care Project is to embed sustainability principles in an educative environment. Schools were invited from around the Baltic sea: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. In each country four schools participated to serve as model schools. The objectives are pursued in 3 areas:
- teachers at the schools will include sustainable development in their teaching.
- the schools themselves should develop projects to become more sustainable.
- the students should be acquainted with, and start to practice, sustainable lifestyle habits.
The kick-off meeting was the perfect place to meet, and get inspired by, other participating partners. It started on Friday evening, after a delicious dinner, with an introduction from each school.
On Saturday morning Dr Margret Benedikz, Eddy Johansson and Dr Lars Johnson warmly welcomed everyone. Followed by, Lars Rydén and Frans Lenglet talking about the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Global Action Programme (GAP). They explained the integration of ESD in a school system and the importance of co-operation with the community and politicians on a local level.
Now it was time to hear out the schools about their plans for the Baltic Care Project. The most popular subjects were recycling, food and energy, but also less common topics as anti-harassment, biodiversity and ecotourism sounded very promising! Some of the schools had a well planned project from start to finish, while others had to work a bit more on it.
Maybe our next guest could be an inspiration source for those who were still working on developing their project plan. Martin Johnson was invited to speak about his project in India. He presented the obstacles crossing his path when integrating sustainability from a commercial perspective. Although, the background between a commercial company and a school are quite different, this was an instructive talk and discussion afterwards. In fact, many examples given by Martin could be reflected on a school environment.
After lunch, teachers and students were separated. Teachers had an educative session about critical thinking. Furthermore, there was time to talk in smaller groups about each project. Everyone had to say two positive points about his project and one point that needs to be developed. During the group sessions it was possible to give constructive feedback or tips to one of your colleagues.
Finally, Anna Johansson presented important information about reporting, documenting the project and deadlines. We ended the day with a guided tour of Sigtuna, staying in the atmosphere of sustainability, and a jointly dinner.