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UNESCO Commends “Schools at University for Climate and Energy” Program at Freie Universität Berlin

Selection Committee Assessment: “This project is a good example for the United Nations energy education initiative.”

№ 26/2011 from Jan 28, 2011

The education program for elementary schools, schools@university Klima + Energie, organized jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin Energy Agency, has again drawn recognition from the German UNESCO Commission. The project was praised as a model for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development global education initiative. The award will be presented on February 23, 2011, at the didacta education fair in Stuttgart. Registration for the next week-long schools@university Klima + Energie program running from March 21 to March 25, 2011, will be possible online beginning February 22.

As the selection committee stated, the schools @ university Klima + Energie program organized by Freie Universität’s Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) and the Berlin Energy Agency is an impressive example of education for sustainability. Furthermore, the week-long education program makes the topics of climate and energy tangible and is a fascinating non-formal learning situation for 5th and 6th graders.

In about 50 participatory lectures and workshops the program imparts the scientific, technical, and social aspects of climate protection and the intelligent use of energy. The content is age appropriate and, with reference to everyday life, includes solar, wind, and bioenergy experiments, plan and role playing, fantasy, circus theater, creative writing, and art activities. The schools @ university Klima + Energie program receives funding through the European Union’s Intelligent Energy - Europe program.

The next week-long education program on the campus of Freie Universität will be from March 21 to 25, 2011. There is no charge for participation. Registration will be possible online as of February 22, 2011: www.schools-at-university.eu/berlin. The program also offers workshops for teachers: On February 21, 2011, experienced educators and environmental actors will present hands-on lessons, materials, experiments, and cross-curricular project ideas related to climate and energy. The teacher workshop will focus on this year’s theme “Sustainable Urbanization” in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Registration for the next teacher workshop is now possible: berlin@schools-at-university.eu.

Further Information

Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
Karola Braun-Wanke and Annette Piening, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-51599
Email: k.braun-wanke@fu-berlin.de and annette.piening@fu-berlin.de

Further information online:


Press representative for the German Commission for UNESCO:

Freya Kettner, German Commission for UNESCO, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-56449; www.bne-portal.de/dekade-projekte