Freshwater Shortage! Warning!

An Overview

In the Erasmus+ project called "Freshwater Shortage! Warning!"  the two schools couldn’t be more different: One in Almuñécar, Andalusia, in hot and dry climate and an agricultural influenced environment. The other one was and still is in a region with lots of dammed water and historical industrially influenced, at the city of Leipzig, Germany.

The topic met the interest of students to get more information about climate change and climate protection, not least because of the “Fridays for Future” movement, the issue of climate change & in particular man-made climate change, is of great importance to the younger generation. The project team in both schools were teachers from the following subjects: foreign languages, history, ICT and geography. The target group were students from secondary school aged 12 to 18.

Freshwater shortage affected region in Andalusia

In the main content of the project the participants became aware of the importance of connections in the water cycle in nature depending on the climate and influence of the people in the freshwater shortage affected region in Andalusia. With the help of topic-related activities, the most important causes of water shortage needed to be researched. Students elaborated activities dealing with new words and scientific links related to freshwater shortage, water footprints and contaminated freshwater, freshwater biotopes and rivers being lifelines, water cycles, life in water stressed areas, forces of water and underground water.

Leipzig - a region of dammed water and historical industrially influenced

In Leipzig students were able to experience a historically and geographically contradicting situation. The focus here was on consciously experiencing and getting to know a landscape, that was heavily influenced by lignite mining in the 20th century and is now undergoing major changes as a follow-up landscape to mining. Starting with a look into the past of mining, the water supply facilities in the region and the renatured landscapes were then examined. Teachers and students dealt with current challenges in the process of change in the region.

The Results

One outcome of this 2-year partnership has been the compilation of a booklet and worksheets for each school. In addition, presentations, reports, short videos of activities as well as photo documentations of significant observations of the project work have been produced. Both, brochure and worksheets, can be used interdisciplinary in the school lessons of the participating schools. The final booklet collected all reports about the activities and more information in English as online edition and folder for quick reference. The promotion of scientific competences and language skills were a concern for both schools and a very important aspect of school development. We focused on interdisciplinary learning and integrated the learning of a certain content with foreign language practicing.

The Multidisciplinary Approach

Both schools established more interdisciplinary projects in the curriculum. In discussion groups, we engaged students to critical thinking and evaluating different approaches. They got to know debates and thus improved their language skills. Besides that, the participants got to know each other’s location and appreciated the cultural diversity. Students and teachers benefited as well as they learned more about the cultural heritage of the two countries. The participants acquired and deepened their skills in lifelong learning by learning at extracurricular learning locations. The analysis of the different outcomes helped students to recognise the European and international dimension of the topic.

At the same time, students learned methods of scientific work in a transnational context, thereby expanding their competencies in a constantly changing work environment. Their critical thinking as well as the ability to judge and looking ahead have improved. As part of our partnership activities, we have planned further educational interactions between teachers, students and parents to establish a council to support young people from Leipzig International School and Almuñécar Secondary School to travel in the near future to learn more about our European cultural heritage. Unfortunately, the exchange trips planned for 2020 and the final scientific seminars starting in February 2020 could not take place due to the pandemic crisis.

All activities can be reviewed in detail in the report on this exchange programme here.



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