Together for the future: Climate
SCHOOL COMPETITION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN EAST ASIA

Gemeinsam für die Zukunft: Klima © Goethe-Institut (China)

TOGETHER FOR THE FUTURE: CLIMATE

How can we work together to create a sustainable future for all?
What are the problems in my immediate surroundings?
What can I do together with other young people to combat these problems?


As part of the project Together for the Future, the Goethe-Instituts of the East Asian region are launching a competition for schoolchildren on sustainable development for the first time. The aim is to raise the awareness of young people in East Asia to problems in their own environment and to encourage them to become active locally. The focus in 2020 will be on climate and environmental protection.

Pupils will explore the situation in their city, street and school as part of the competition and draw the public's attention to the existing problems with own ideas and actions. The accompanying teachers will be supported by materials and seminars before and during the project phase.

Project teams from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and Mongolia can participate. The best projects will be selected for the 1. International Youth Ambassadors Conference East Asia from 19th to 20th September 2020.

All project teams from Hong Kong will be invited to workshops and guided tours of the WEEE Park in Tuen Mun in February 2020 to develop project ideas. In addition, the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong is organising guided tours of the exhibition "RETHINKING: Learning from Nature" in March/April 2020.

  1. Project teams from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and Mongolia may participate. Each team consists of at least three students, one teacher of German, and a subject teacher.
  2. The students are between grade 7 and 11 (Secondary 1 – 5), at least half of the students in the project team have completed German level A1.
  3. Three students and two teachers of the project team are ready to present the project in German at the 1. International Youth Ambassadors Conference East Asia from 19th to 20th September 2020.
  4. The school management supports participation in the competition and is willing to exempt students and teachers from classes in order to participate in the conference in September 2020.
1. Team Registration
The project team (consists of at least three students, one teacher of German and one subject teacher) will send their completed Application Form to Ms. Irene Sin, E-Mail: Oi-Wan-Irene.Sin@goethe.de by 30. January 2020 at the latest.


2. Project Implementation
The project team (consists of at least three students, one teacher of German and one subject teacher) will conduct a project on one of the following topics between January and April 2020: waste, water quality, energy consumption, air quality, health, nutrition, soil, flora and fauna, resource efficiency.

The project consists of three parts:
Reflection: What are the most important environmental problems in your city, your school, your life?
Research: What are the ecological, economic, political and social causes of the problem?
Action: Develop concrete measures and carry them out in your city!
 
3. Project Documentation
The project teams document the progress of their project and its results. (See remarks on Project Documentation)
 
4. Project Submission
The project teams will send their complete application documents to Ms. Irene Sin, E-Mail: Oi-Wan-Irene.Sin@goethe.de by 21. April 2020 at the latest.

- Detailed Project Documentation in German
- Proof of the required language skills (Language Certificate or confirmation from the German teacher)
- School Consent Form
- Parental Consent Form
An independent jury will select up to 20 project teams from all applications, who will be invited to the 1. International Youth Ambassadors Conference East Asia to present their projects in German. The jury evaluates the submitted projects according to the following criteria:

- Relevance and significance for the students and their immediate environment  
- Quality of research and its results
- Clarity, logic and structure of the project description
- Practical orientation and result-orientation of the project
- Resonance of the project in the public (e.g. reporting in the local media)
- Documentation of the project and its implementation
Goethe-Institut will cover all travel costs for participants of the 1. International Youth Ambassadors Conference East Asia (flight, visa, accommodation and meals at the conference venue).

In January 2020, Goethe-Institut China will offer teachers from interested schools the opportunity to take part in a free training course or Webinar on the competition. The Goethe-Institut website contains numerous project ideas and materials for teachers in German and Chinese.

All project teams from Hong Kong will be invited to workshops and guided tours of the WEEE Park in Tuen Mun in February 2020 to develop project ideas. In addition, the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong is organising guided tours of the exhibition "RETHINKING: Learning from Nature" in March/April 2020.