A participant´s feedback: LTT2 Workshop Vienna
In the world of education and professional development, fostering a sustainable mindset is essential, especially at a time when the link between climate change, economic activities, and lifestyles is undeniable. As part of the ERASMUS+ Project "SysMind – Developing a Sustainable Mind-Set," I had the privilege of participating in the second module of the international blended learning course, which tackles the challenge of engaging educators in the development of a more sustainable way of thinking. The course commenced with an inspiring workshop on outdoor education led by Klaus Karpf, emphasizing the importance of nature experiences in developing social and personal competencies.
This practical approach laid a solid foundation for the subsequent days, during which the intricate aspects of sustainability were explored from various angles. Our second day included a visit to a member school of the PILGRIM Network, BRG Purkersdorf, a foray into the realm of applied sustainability. Here, student projects impressively demonstrated how sustainability concepts can be implemented in education, highlighting the competencies gained from these projects. Lumnesh Joseph's workshop on managing cultural and religious diversity in the context of ecology revealed to me that everyone has their own, often spiritually influenced, approach to sustainability. This perspective broadened my understanding of the importance of considering diverse viewpoints and backgrounds in education.
The theoretical insights, complemented by practical examples and framework lectures like those on diversity management, proved immensely valuable for our work in the educational sector. They illustrated how various cultures, spiritualities, and backgrounds can serve as a common denominator in teaching sustainability, fostering strengths in the classroom and promoting mutual respect. The international composition of our group added dynamic layers to our discussions and group activities. Although there were occasional language challenges, the exchange with participants from different countries was incredibly enriching. I even found myself wishing for more opportunities for such international interactions.
Overall, the module was a valuable experience that provided me not only with new knowledge but also with practical approaches for integrating sustainability into the educational field. It broadened my perspective and made me look forward to our next module in 2024.
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