EduSol - an Initiative for Education for Sustainable Development

EduSol is a series of projects of ISC Konstanz combining development cooperation, solar energy and intercultural exchange of young people in the context "Education for a Sustainable Development".

The project series EduSol began in 2011 and aims to bring students from Germany and developing or emerging countries together. ISC staff organizes trainings for German students on renewable energies, electricity supply in developing countries as well as on the culture of the partner country and intercultural reflection. In a second step, the newly trained young multiplicators travel to the partner country and install a small solar plant for the local school together with its students. The latter also receive lessons in solar electricity and on the maintenance of their system. The school benefits from a stable and clean source of electricity and the joint work allows for an intensive intercultural exchange and the practical application of theoretical knowledge.

The German UNESCO-Committee has awarded EduSol the label of Official UN-Decade Project in "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)". The award is granted to initiatives that comply with the world-wide education offensive of the UN in a commendable way: they impart sustainable thinking and action to students and adults. EduSol strives for an understanding of sustainability that incorporates the fields of ecology, economy, social aspects, cultural diversity, global responsibility as well as participation.

   

EduSol Ghana (SolGhana)

The first project SolGhana was completed successfully in 2011-12. After previous trainings on solar energy and the geography of Ghana carried out by ISC staff, the participating students of the LGH left for their host country. They shared their new knowledge on solar power with local students of the Technical Highschool of Nyakrom and then installed an on-grid small solar power plant with batteries together. Thus the partner school gained access to a stable source of power.

Factsheet EduSol Ghana

 

EduSol Cameroun (SLAK 5)

The villages Botbadjang and Ndambog are located in the rainforest of Cameroon with no connection to the national grid. In order to contribute to better conditions for education, ISC Konstanz installed photovoltaic systems to support the primary school in Ndambog and the vocational training school in Botbadjang together with students of the Dual College Baden-Württemberg in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Electricity now supplies lighting and current for educational devices. The vocational school students also received a training in solar energy and maintenance. The German students played a very important role in these trainings and were previously prepared for their role as multiplicators by our ISC-Team. Both schools received self-made didactic material for continuous solar education.

Factsheet SLAK 5

 

Objectives of EduSol

EduSol combines knowledge transfer on solar energy with intercultural exchange. Its main objectives are:

·         Intercultural education

·         Knowledge transfer on renewable energies

·         Supply of partner school in developing or emerging country with green electricity

·         Intensification of international cooperation

·         Inspiration of interest in natural sciences

·         Practical application of theoretical knowledge

·         Independent and innovative thinking

 

Dimensions of sustainable development in EduSol

All aspects of Education for Sustainable Development are included in EduSol:

1.       Ecology

2.       Economy

3.       Social

4.       Participation

5.       Cultural diversity

6.       Global responsibility

 

Transfer of competences

The following competences are transferred within EduSol:

·         Intercultural competence

·         Knowledge on renewable energies

·         Knowledge on solar energy

·         Understanding of different energy supply systems in Germany and Ghana/ Cameroon as well as their basic motives

·         Independent thinking

·         Practical application of theoretical knowledge

  

UN-Decade Project Award 2014

The German UNESCO Commission has granted EduSol the label of "Official UN-Decade Project in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)". The award ceremonies took place on 26th March 2014 within the framework of the Didacta Fair in Stuttgart.  The award is granted to initiatives that comply with the world-wide education offensive of the UN in a commendable way: they impart sustainable thinking and action to students and adults. EduSol strives for an understanding of sustainability that incorporates the fields of ecology, economy, social aspects, cultural diversity, global responsibility as well as participation.

"EduSol shows impressively what sustainable education could look like. The vote of the jury recognizes the project because it coherently communicates how people should act in a sustainable way." said Professor Dr. Gerhard de Haan, Chairman of the National Committee and Jury of the UN-Decade Programme.

The German UNESCO Commission has already awarded the title to 1800 projects in Germany: students in "student companies" learn how to act fair economically, ecologically and socially. Kindergartens and schools align their concepts according to the principles of education for sustainable development; they build solar power plants or get involved in fair trade. Out-of-school institutions offer courses on the vast topics of sustainable development. These are just some of the various examples.

   

UN-Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)

Sustainable development can only take place if each individual commits itself to the support of a humane society. The necessary competences are obtained through education for a sustainable development, abbreviated as ESD. In the framework of the UN-Decade of Education for a Sustainable Development (2005-2014), the member states of the United Nations committed themselves to incorporate this form of learning in their educational system. Based on a univocal resolution of the German Federal Parliament, the German UNESCO Commission is to coordinate all German activities of this UN Decade Programme. It has appointed a national committee and established a new position for Decade Coordination funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.