(Schul-)Partnerschaftsseminar "Wie unser Papierkonsum Leben und Umwelt in Südafrika beeinflusst"
On Thursday 10 November 2015, we had a seminar about paper consumption here in Germany and the impacts of timber plantation and the production of paper in Mpumalanga and other Provinces in South Africa. The event took place at the youth hostel here in Bielefeld. Part of the organizers were Martina Schwikowski from KOSA, Eva-Maria Reinwald (Bildungsreferentin der MÖWe), Monika Nolle from Arbeitsgemeinschaft Regenwald Artenschutz e.V.. Participants came from the Oberstufenkolleg with two teachers and fourteen of their students.
The seminar started at 8h30am with a round of introduction, explanation of the agenda for the day, and expectations for the day. Martina and Eva facilitated the introductions part. Martina made a small presentation about Coffee-to-go. After that Monika Nolle did her presentation on plantations effects on a global scale.
I also did a presentation about the negative impacts of timber plantation in Mpumalanga Province. I presented timber plantations impacts on water resources, biodiversity and carbon emissions from paper productions. The students had a great interest to hear my presentation. The question and comments from them showed they were listening and they were willing to learn to take something with them after the workshops. After the presentation, we watched a short documentary done by Geasphere that explained more details into the situation with timber plantation in Mpumalanga.
The students were divided into two groups, a Theater-Workshop and a Rap-Workshop, depending on their interest. The Rap-Workshop-Group made a song about timber plantations and paper over consumption, and the Theater-Workshop-Group created a short play showing how timber plantation is destroying the environment and what people should do about it.
On the last day the students presented what they have learned, what they feel it was important and their way forward. The interest from the students was very inspirational and motivational to me. It showed they were really focused on what we were talking about. From all the presentations I did so far here in Germany this group of students has been the best audience I ever had. I will be more than happy to work with them again.
Hopefully they will go and share with their peers and families, what they have learned, and make an impact by sharing the information they received.