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PKU Delegation visits Schools@University

Engaging school children with head, heart and hand in Education for Sustainable Development is a concept that sparks international interest.

News from Mar 11, 2016

Schools@University for Sustainability + Climate Protection is a week-long format that was first initiated 10 years ago. Being the first of its kind in Germany, the idea spread fast to other cooperation partners in Europe. Today Schools@University is a widely accepted and successful educational program. The last sessions just took place beginning of March and coordinator Karola Braun-Wanke was happy to show different workshops and interaction formats to our Chinese guests of the primary school at the Peking University. The members of the delegation, are convinced, that Education for Sustainable Development should be a crucial part of the school’s curriculum and that Schools@University would be a great format to offer to Chinese students, too.

During the five-day program of Schools@University at the Freie Universität school classes are invited to visit more than 80 hands-on workshops on sustainability and climate protection. The approach to the subject is framed positive and practical empowering the students to make a difference. All activities follow the slogan “learning with head, heart and hand".

This concept also inspired our Chinese visitors: "Education in Germany compared to China is seen differently" says the head of the primary school of Peking University Yin Chao, "we know that environmental education is very important here, that is why we want to learn from it."

The Peking University is a long-standing strategic partner of Freie Universität Berlin and member of the University Alliance for Sustainability. Exchange of best-practice in Teaching and Learning is one of the main objectives of the UAS and we are happy to see this evolve on the example of the Schools@University with the PKU Primary School.