Originally planned for Prague, the transnational meeting in our strategic partnership PartESDD (Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Degrowth Education) finally had to be held online. Together with the representatives of our partner organisations from the Czech Republic and Germany, we devoted two days to project management: we clarified formalities and financial matters, adjusted timetables, looked ahead to upcoming project activities and reflected on our cooperation. And a few sweet winter treats could also be "shared" on the screen. 

During the meeting, the Krzyżowa Foundation was represented by: Agnieszka Duduś from the International Youth Meeting Centre and Anna Dankowska - a freelancer cooperating with the Krzyżowa Foundation in the field of ecology.

At the beginning of October, in Prague, a meeting of the partners of the project PartESDD (PartESDD- Partnership for Education for sustainable development and Degrowth Education) took place.  The project, which was initiated at the end of 2020, assumes substantive cooperation with organisations from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The exchange of experiences and ideas between the partners is intended to support education for social and ecological transformation in the respective countries. Thematic educational materials will be developed jointly, with an emphasis on intercultural aspects.

It was precisely this aspect of education that the meeting in the Czech capital was devoted to. Its first part, conducted in an online form, provided theoretical foundations for issues related to teaching and training. In Prague, educators from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany exchanged concrete experiences. The result of this work was a 'toolkit', which is the starting point for our joint work on the first Czech methodology handbook on education for sustainable development!

In February, the first part (online) of the meeting planned for May in Krzyżowa took place. It was a seminar devoted to Cultural aspects in education for a socio-ecological transformation.

During our Czech-Polish-German seminar we raised some questions e.g. how can aspects of diversity such as language, socio-historic or economic background, age, gender, education, ethnic or urban/rural backgrounds influence our understanding of / openness towards a socio-ecological change? And how educators should be aware of and deal with in this field of work?

We used a mix of methods, including the sharing of experiences, brainstorming sessions, inputs.

Thank you: Ekumenická akademie, and the Kreisau- Inititative e.V. for fruitful cooperation, and the Erasmus+ programme for funding.

We've launched the new strategic partnership "PartESDD – Partnership for Education for sustainable development and Degrowth Education". For two years, we will exchange ideas and experiences with partners in Germany and the Czech Republic to foster education for the socio-ecological transformation in our respective countries. Together we will develop thematic educational materials, also with a focus on intercultural aspects.

PartESDD achieves effects on several levels: It enables the four partner organizations to cooperate intensively as "network of neighbours" and on a long-term basis, which contributes to the strengthening of the European network. Within the thematic area of sustainability and Degrowth, the project supports an intensified exchange of experience and good practice, also between educational actors and activists, with the aim of further qualification, professionalization and networking. It enriches the educational landscape in this area with innovative components through concrete offers, especially in the Czech Republic, where such offers are hardly available.

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