Welcome to the Life-Link International School Conference 2018!
We dearly welcome you to Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL) and Sweden to the 20th Life-Link International School Conference, which is scheduled 16-21 June 2018. The conference will focus on a few of the many challenges that the world faces, as formulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG:s) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Theme: Peace and Nuclear Threat and a taste of the real world with a live UN climate role play.
Conference program: See later in this document.
This year you will also find a dedicated teacher´s workshop to be found after the conference program.
Venue: Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL) in Sigtuna, Sweden.
Latest application date: April 30th 2018
Summary of the Goals set for the conference:
- Discuss the future and the possibility of world peace.
- Discuss the issue of the nuclear threat and its impact on the world and climate.
- Participate in the UN climate role play.
- Show your school’s work within the areas: Care for yourself, Care for Others and Care for Nature.
- Get new contacts from around the world that could last a lifetime.
- Get other schools perspectives and ideas during various discussion held during the conference.
- Return to your school with ideas to be included in concrete Life-Link Actions and Projects.
- Life-Link Friendship schools located around the world.
- Keynote speakers
- Staff from Life-Link and SSHL
Important things to remember:
- Schools talking part in the conference should have experience from work with Life-Link Sustainable Lifestyle Actions.
- We want that participation from each school should include two (2) students in the14-17, age range, preferably one girl and one boy and one (1) teacher accompanying them.
- The conference will be held in English.
- A maximum 15 schools will be accepted to take part of the conference. If you are interested be sure to apply as soon as possible.
Practical things to keep in mind:
Conference Venue: Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL) is an international boarding school, and you will be staying on the school campus. It is15 km from Swedens biggest airport, Stockholm International Airport (Arlanda). The school is located in the oldest living town of Sweden, Sigtuna, next to Lake Mälaren on top of a hill, so you have the entire town and lake as your view.
Most students will share double rooms but you will not be living with the opposite gender. Single rooms will mostly be used by the teachers.
If you want to have more information about the venue, the school, please visit the SSHLwebsite: http://www.sshl.se.
- Climate: June in Sweden usually have a temperature of 15-25 Celsius.
- Staff: SSHL Students + teachers and Life-Link board members.
- Visa application: Life-Link will happily help you with the process of getting a visa. If a personal invitation is needed, make a list of the specific delegates with their name (must be spelled according to the spelling in their passports) + passport number + date of birth and mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org He will forward such an invitation letter to the Swedish embassy.
- Conference fee: 250 US $ per delegate.
Fees are to be paid in cash on arrival. Accommodation and meals are included in the fee, as well as pick-up and delivery of participants on the arrival and departure at Arlanda airport.
Private expenditures are to be paid by the participants themselves.
If you wish to arrive earlier than when the conference´s starting date or leave later than the conference´s closing date, you should organise and pay for your own accommodation and meals.
- 5 days conference + time for arrival and departure (Total of 5 nights).
- Multicultural program.
- Field study visits.
- Keynote Lectures – Workshops.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner. Snacks offered during breaks
We hope to see many of you here in Sweden this Summer!
Alice Ekwall Sundby, Amanda Wieland, Anton Nyman, Anna Johansson, Maya Andersson, Oskar Dahnelius, Life-Link Students and Teachers at SSHL.
Dr Margret Benedikz, Director SSHL
Dr Lars Johnson, Chairman Life-Link and Board members
Life-Link International School Conference program June 16th – 21st 2018
(See also teacher´s workshop program later in this document)
Day 1 Saturday June 16th Arrival day
Arrival /Pickup/Living quarters
After dinner Prepare poster session combined with school presentation Come together
Day 2 Sunday June 17th Get together, School activities, introduction of
UN Climate Role Pay
07:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
09:00 Bus to Stockholm
10.30 – 13.30 Sightseeing by boat “M/S Movitz” electrical ship (including lunch)
14.00-16:30 Free time
16:30 Return by bus to Sigtuna
19.30 Prepare poster session combined with school presentation
Day 3 Monday June 18th
Opening and presentation of UN Climate Role Play
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
09:00 Opening ceremonies
Lars Johnson: Chairman Life-Link
Margret Benedikz : School Director SSHL
10:00 – 12:00 Poster session combined with school presentation
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 What happens with the climate? Update by Pär Holmgren, meteorologist – researcher
14.00-15.00 Presentation UN Climate Role Play. Assigning to groups and countries
15.30-17.30 Work on position papers (in groups)
Evening Everybody reading all position papers
Day 4 Tuesday June 19th UN Climate Role Play
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome by the “United Nations General Secretary”
9:30-10:30 Opening speech by country (Max 3 minutes!)
10:30-11.00 Agreement draft # 1 by the secretariat
11:00-12:00 Statements (Work groups)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00–13:15 Agreement draft #2 by the secretariat
13:15-14:00 Negotiations in groups
14:00-14:30 Statements (Work groups)
14:30-14.45 Possible agreement #3
15:15-16:30 Final negotiations – Agreement reached?
19:00-21:30 Multicultural evening (Peder Palmstierna, teacher, member of Life-Link Board)
Day 5 Wednesday June 20th Peace and the nuclear threat
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Presentation of the ICAN, International Campaign to abolish Nuclear Weapons Organisation, Winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize by representatives from ICAN.
10.30-12.00 Workshop organised by ICAN
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 “Graphen – the material for the future” Björn Franzén, SSHL
14.00-15.00 Workshop – “Graphen”
15.30-17.30 Tour in Sigtuna “History and investments in sustainability” Oskar Dahnelius.
19.00-20.30 Closing Ceremony
Day 6 Departure day
Departures during the day
Life Link Conference Teachers’ workshop June 18th-19th
This workshop will take place in parallel with the students’ program, in which the presence of the teachers is not required.
The workshop will give the teachers the opportunity to explore and discuss how sustainable development issues can be successfully introduced in the school.
There are at least three different ways in which the ideas and practices of sustainable development and other sustainability issues are being introduced in schools:
- As part of teaching and learning in the usual school subjects, such as mathematics, geography, physics, biology, language instruction, civics, etc.
- As practical class projects or school projects, for example related to school gardens, waste disposal, energy use, etc.
- To encourage, students and teachers, in schools to develop sustainable life styles.
- To explore sustainability, sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles.
- To share, explore and understand how each participant is dealing with sustainability, sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles in their own teaching practices.
- To learn from each other’s practice and gain inspiration.
- To plan concrete projects for sustainability-related teaching and learning in the participants’ schools.
- Teachers teach teachers to teach (TTTTT).
- Small group discussions and plenary sharing.
- Field study trips.
The workshop will be facilitated by three experienced teachers:
- Christina Peters, who is a language and humanities teacher at Sigtuna SHL. She has led “Teachers Teach Teachers to Teach” workshops.
- Frans Lenglet, who has social science background. He is the former Director of the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, SWEDESD, Uppsala University; and
- Lars Rydén, who has a natural science and technology background. He is the former Director of the Baltic University Programme, a network of universities in the Baltic Sea region coordinated at Uppsala University, working on sustainable development, both in education, research and applied projects since 1991.
- Monday, 18 June 15.30 – 17.45
Introduction: Teaching with and about Sustainable Development
Sustainability as a theme in different subjects; introducing materials for teachers, and giving examples from different subject areas. Small groups will discuss how each teacher can work with sustainability in his/her subject or school. The many possibilities include calculations of environmental footprints, learning greenhouse gas emissions, consumption patterns etc.
- Tuesday, 19 June 9.30 – 13:00
Study visits: How to work with Sustainability in the school?
The participants will look at sustainability projects of Sigtuna SHL school and visit companies and Sigtuna Municipality that have introduced sustainability projects, such as recycling centres, wastewater treatment, energy saving and ecological food.
- Tuesday, 19 June 14:00 – 17.00
What have we learned from the study visits?
Life style: How can I live more sustainably?
The teachers will discuss and explore examples of life style issues: at home; in school; in society.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will share the insights and lessons they have acquired. They will start formulating plans for actively using these lessons and insights in their own schools.