CoDeS Case Cluj in Romania

The green school yard

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This school – community collaboration case is about supporting development of students’ own ideas and transforming the school yard together: improving the existing conditions by creation of a pleasant, inspiring, green, natural environment where the children spend their break-time each day. The school needs this collaboration for economical reasons and to have more adults, human resources helping the process of realisation of a green school yard and also involving children in making the change.

Maria Tóth

Healthy Environment Regional Organisation, “HERO” Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA,

Borbála Nagy

Teacher at the “NICOLAE TITULESCU” SCHOOL, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA;;

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CoDes Case Wiener Neudorf in Austria

The Wiener Neudorf Inclusion Project: Collaboration between educational institutions and municipality for sustainable development

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“The Wiener Neudorf Inclusion Project” is the case of an ongoing partnership (since 2006) between all local educational institutions – 4 kindergartens, an elementary school with about 16 forms, the music-school and two after-school care clubs – and the municipality fostering a culture of togetherness according to inclusive values like appreciating diversity, equality and equity, cooperativeness, participation, community and sustainability. In the beginning the focus was on educational institutes’ cooperation. Over the years living/working together in the community became more and more important – value-based educational and community development. The Index of Inclusion helps as resource for self-evaluation and improvement to keep on the way. The aims and purposes of the collaboration, the processes, the tools, the conditions for success as well as emerging barriers will be presented by taking a multistakeholder perspective.

Irene Gebhardt

Administrator for the Project of Inclusion in Wiener Neudorf, Austria

Angela Gredler

Manager’s Assistant and Teacher of the local Music School, Austria

Claudia Müller

Primary School Teacher, Founding Member of the project, Austria


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CoDeS Case Universiti Sains in Malaysia

School-university collaboration in waste-toresource management Acknowledgement

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Collaboration between school and university provides an opportunity for knowledge developed through university research to be implemented in schools as a response to everyday problems faced in real life. This case study will explore the nature of collaboration between school – university and other communities, the success and challenges during the process of implementation of waste-to-resource management activity carried out in schools based on research conducted in university. Some of the successes include influencing the canteen operator to provide organic waste for composting, while some students started to implement the waste-to-resource management at home. Collaboration with university has raised the schools’ standing in the eyes of the local community, and the state education departments as schools were encouraged to collaborate with universities. However, some schools did not pursue collaboration further as they wish to focus on other aspects of school activities. Other examples will also be discussed and illustrated.

Norizan Esa, Mahamad Hakimi Ibrahim, Nooraida Yakob, Hasnah Md Jais, Hashimah Mohd. Yunus, Mohd. Ali Samsudin and Aswati Hamzah

Universiti Sains Malaysia

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CoDeS Case Stange Municipality in Norway

Children’s tracks-collaboration between schools and local authorities for sustainable land use planning

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The legislated Planning and Building Act in Norway put a priority on children’s interests in local and regional land use planning.  “Children’s tracks” is a collaborative method between schools and local authorities in the municipality. The aim is to actively implement children’s right to participate in local land use planning. The collaboration is initiated by the planning department and proceeds through the establishment of a working group with relevant stakeholders. Pupils are invited to report and document how they use their local surroundings. Information is gathered using map drawings and questionnaires detailing experiences and views. The work of the students is presented for local administration, the youth council and local politicians for active use in the planning process. “Children’s tracks” in the region of Mjøsa has resulted in more sustainable land use. The method has strengthened both the local democracy in the region, and the schools’ role as stakeholders for sustainable development in the community. This work shop will present experiences with the method in the region of Mjøsa. Both the system and outcomes of the collaboration will be reflected upon. In addition we will discuss the use of ICT for registering children’s tracks.


Logo_lys_liggende_farge_eng[1]Nina Elisabeth Høgmo and Mari Ugland Andresen

Norwegian Centre for Science Education, University of Oslo, Norway

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CoDeS Case Legambiente-Piemonte in Italy

Small municipalities, small schools, working together for a sustainable future

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The Educational Policy of Legambiente, the larger Environmental NGO in Italy, has been based from its start on the relationship between school community as the necessary component of whatever cultural and environmental development. In recent years the sustainability of the school building has been chosen as the focus of different but complementary initiatives. A case that has been especially relevant, and could open new action perspectives, is the one of the ‘schools within small municipalities’. Indeed schools – especially primary schools – could be an important aid for small municipalities that risk to disappear together with their cultural and environmental values: small villages in mountain areas, or in small islands, are actually losing their population, and together with population also local traditions and soil and nature cares risk to disappear. Small schools are an indispensable ‘tool’ for maintaining the small municipalities alive, but in order to survive they need to build a strong ‘alliance’ between school and community. Legambiente was working as a mediator and supporter in this direction and the results achieved by some of this ‘small schools in small municipalities’ will be presented and discussed.

Leda Zocchi

Principal of the Istituto Comprensivo ‘Don Milani’, Paesana, Italy

Vanessa Pallucchi

Responsible for the Education and Training area of Legambiente NGO, Roma, Italy

Posted in Citiziens, Cultural development, Decision makers, Italy, Kindergarten, Participation, Private institutions, Secondary school, Students, Teachers, Town | Leave a comment

CoDeS Case RCE Espoo in Finland

How holistic understanding of wellbeing and sustainable development creates a foundation for a new sustainable model of society in Espoo “Sustainability in community practices

The purpose of the RCE Espoo is to tackle the problems identified as challenges in the region and contribute to the promotion of ESD both locally, regionally and globally.  RCE Espoo also engages all the people of Espoo towards sustainable future by lifelong learning and effective change of sustainable ways of ways of acting, being, living, caring, working, affecting and enjoying. The membership in the network requires will and faith to work for a more sustainable future. The RCE Espoo was developed collaboratively by the Educational and Cultural Services Social and Health Services and Technical and Environment Services in the City of Espoo, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Omnia (Joint Authority of Education in Espoo) as well as several private businesses and associations.

Anna Maaria Nuutinen

Member of the R&D Group for Sustainability in the Department of Teacher Education (University of Helsinki).

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CoDeS Case Pallini in Greece

School – community collaboration for ESD in a nursery school: an action research project

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This is a case of nursery school community collaboration through a parental involvement project towards the vision of a sustainable school. Teachers, students and their parents communicate and collaborate with each other and with the municipality in order to improve the water management in their school. Specifically, through an action research project, partners establish collaboration for the duration of one year and plan the goals of the school’s education program. The collaboration process also includes phases of action, observation and reflection that constitutes the background for the redesigning, development and observation of a new action based on a revised plan and so on. Moreover, a primary school and another nursery school are getting involved in order to communicate and promote the results of the project to the community. The purposes of the collaborative work, the processes, the research tools, the benefits and the obstacles that arise will be presented.

Elli Naoum

Nursery teacher and PhD candidate, Greece

Eugenia Flogaitis

Professor, University of Athens, Greece

Georgia Liarakou

Assistant professor, University of the Aegean, Greece

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