Classroom for Sustainable Development Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau

In order to make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren, we need to learn to think and act sustainably. Being taught about sustainable development enables people to make decisions for the future and estimate how one’s own actions will have an effect on future generations, on our fellow man and on other parts of the world and other species. It emphasizes that the environment, economy and society (=the three dimensions of sustainable ecology, economy and society) are interconnected and interdependent.

Develop Competencies –Shape the Future
In addition to the knowledge about the connections which exist between nature and the environment, the material on sustainable development being taught promotes action by means of the so-called sub-skills of organizational competency.

Overview of Sub-Skills in Organizational Competence
•    Being open-minded and ready to accept new perspectives
•    Being able to think ahead and act pre-emptively
•    Being able to think and act across disciplines
•    Being able to recognize and assess risks, dangers and uncertainties
•    Being able to deal with a conflict of interest
•    Being able to plan and work together with others
•    Being able to participate in decision-making processes
•    Being self-motivated
•    Being able to motive others to action
•    Being able to reflect on one’s own mission statement and those of others
•    Being able to use concepts of what is fair and just as a basis for decision making and action
•    Being able to plan and act independently
•    Being able to show empathy and solidarity

Education for Sustainable Development, also called “ESD” for short, is one important job of the Biosphere Reserve. One of the guiding questions of the MAB-program, which forms the foundation of the Biosphere Reserve, is this: How can we balance protection of biodiversity and availability of resources with sustainable use?
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Building Networks
In the Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau there is already a range of in teaching and education resources available. These are not just aimed at children, but educating children is a particular focus. In a few years they will be the ones actively shaping our region and will assume responsibility for its development.
Important actors are for example the Ökologische Schullandheim Spohns Haus, die Biosphären-Volkshochschule St.Ingbert or the forester of the City Forest Blieskastel with the Erlebniswald Schellental.

The following are directly supervised by the administrative office:
•    ESD supervisor in the elementary field — they are the future!
•    Future inventors sign up here– competition for creative schools and day-care centres

In coming years we will strive for a close cooperation between institutions and educators in the region and the Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau, with the goal of developing it into an area for active education in sustainable development (->Experience the Bliesgau Region).


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