More quality of life
Good diet as a key topic
Environmentally responsible behaviour is one of our principles, because we care deeply about the future of the children and the state of the earth. We want to set an example and show every day that a responsible use of resources makes sense. For us, however, this means more quality of life rather than sacrifice.
Education for sustainable development helps children and adults to think and act sustainably. It should enable us to make decisions for the future in such a way that the quality of life of future generations and people from other continents are adequately taken into account. This can be felt everywhere in our pedagogy and in everyday life: through nature-oriented outdoor spaces and the use of regenerative energy in the buildings. Last but not least, we take a clear stand on nutrition. Our food comes 100% from certified organic cultivation.
Together with the children we develop projects through which they can develop an appreciative attitude towards nature. In order to combine theory and practice, we are also planning an ecologically managed farm as a place of learning for Kinderwelt Hamburg e.V. and Flachsland Zukunftsschulen gGmbH. Here understanding and action go hand in hand. The “Flachslandhof” will primarily produce for our own needs and show alternatives to global consumption. An enjoyable, health-conscious and environmentally compatible diet with products from organic farming is part of our concept.
Through our own specialists, further training, networking and cooperation with environmental associations, we also ensure conceptual and practical further development.
Key topic Nutrition: Where does our fruit come from?
Good cooperation between day-care centres, preschools and primary schools facilitates children’s transitions and creates better learning conditions. The “Future Learning” project has contributed to this. The joint educational work of the two-year model phase was oriented towards the goals and contents of education for sustainable development.
Between 2012 and 2014, pedagogical experts from various institutions jointly testet learning content at two school locations under the direction of the State Institute for Teacher Education (LI). Kinderwelt Hamburg was involved in this educational partnership at the Richardstrasse school with the Eilbeker Weg and Rantzaustraße daycare centres, as well as in the preschool class and first class.
Even after the project is over, the idea lives on in everyday life.
Shaping the future
KITA21 – Die Zukunftsgestalter’ is a model project for preschools in Hamburg. KITA21 wants to support educational projects that take the aspect of sustainability into account. The concept of education for sustainable development (ESD) aims to promote people’s action skills – and to do so as early as possible. Because: Children will help shape the world of tomorrow and educators and parents are preparing them for it today! Several of our daycare centres have already received awards for their participation. A film clip shot in our Kita Kinderwelt@DESY illustrates the process.
More information at KITA21.
Energy saving projects in all daycare centres
Since 2013 we have been participating in “fifty/fiftyjunior”, Hamburg’s energy-saving project for daycare centers. Choosing the right room temperature, correct ventilation and smart use of electricity makes it theoretically easy to handle energy responsibly. Implementing this in everyday life, however, can be hard. However, it is worth the effort – the project has an educational value while also making an active contribution to climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions. Participating in the project entails an economic benefit as well by lowering the operating cost as well as receiving a bonus of 50 percent for the first year’s savings. We use these savings for new investments such as new windows. “fifty/fiftyjunior” also supports the daycare centres by offering advice with a tour of the building and assistance in calculating premiums. The project is financed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Hamburg environmental authority.
Learning with tomatoes
Children love to produce things themselves. Education for sustainable development teaches children and adults future-oriented thinking and acting. The activities relating to ESD teaching, are great fun for children and adults alike: a short film about making pizza from home-grown ingredients proves this. The film was created in October 2014 as part of the Kita21 award by the S.O.F. Environmental Foundation, supported by “Tchibo Kindergiewende”. Follow the link to watch the process from harvesting the grain, to kneading the dough and eating the delicious pizza!