The Anne-Frank-School Bargteheide was founded in 1990 and from there on there was a different kind of school system. At first the society and other schools of Bargteheide didn’t accept the Scandinavian school system. Because of the special form of education that we have, we became what we are today. We the students of the Anne-Frank-School Bargteheide represent the main thought of our school. Every student has the right of equality and should be treated fairly. The focus isn’t much on the predetermined level of education it rather emphasizes on the character and skills of every student. Tolerance and respect is our first priority.
By different kinds of voluntary groups and student’s government we have the opportunity to take part and participate in our school. This does not only happen on a regional level but also international. From the Netherlands to Turkey the students have the opportunity of taking part in different transnational projects of our partner schools. Furthermore, we are part of European projects “Erasmus” and “Comenius “.
To preserve the history of Anne Frank we belong to the UNESCO network and are one of the nine partner schools in Schleswig-Holstein. Also the new students of the fifth grade get informed in a project week about this topic and the connectedly history. Every grade has the chance to get through several different project weeks. These adapt to the current temporal situation. In addition to the other grades, every student of the seventh participates at a “seminar for strength” under the motto “Together strengthen – Students discover their strength”.Not only encourage our school the strength of our students, they also support team work with inefficient students. A good example for that are the classes for integration. The Anne Frank School especially endorses group work that is why we mostly sit in groups to learn how to work together with our classmates. This is an important step to be prepared for entering into employment. Besides that our school offers a drama club for the ninth grade. The students create a play by themselves and present it at the end of the school year. Because of all these features, the Anne Frank School won 2013 the german school price from the „Robert Bosch Stiftung“. Another big project is the „campus of visions“, which can be financed through the money from the german school price. With this project students are getting the opportunity to work practical outside the school. For example they get the chance to grow plants.
Being a part of the YES! – Young Economic Summit for the second time, is a big honor for us and makes it possible to influence the future, because
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Fast economic development leads to rapid and intensive urbanization.
Emerging megacities are increasingly confronted with challenges such as resource scarcity, congestion, waste and emissions. Climate change and natural disasters are further propelling forward the building of sustainable and smart cities.
Dealing with these challenges requires changes in socio-economic structures based on systematic thinking and interdisciplinary cooperation from areas such as urban technology, infrastructure, informatics and the sociology of the Internet.
In Asia, there are an increasing number of megacities with population of over 10 million residents. The variety in economic development causes concurrent demand for urbanization and urban renewal.
It is highly challenging but necessary for decision makers in the region to build their cities smart and sustainable for better urban carrying capacity for the next decades.
Both technology and societal concerns have to be well considered. Key questions include how to adjust existing institutional conditions for the purpose of future sustainable urban development and how to motivate effective public-private partnerships as well as industrial and social innovations.
Which innovations are necessary and where to start? How to protect personal data? Which stakeholders should be part of the planning and implementing smart cities? How can technologies be adequately applied in different kinds of infrastructure, in household lives and in industrial sites to increase the allocation efficiency of scarce resources and to reduce the undesirable byproducts like waste and emissions? How can organizational structures and processes in a city be adjusted and further developed to support dealing with social challenges while improving economic efficiency and environmental resilience of cities?
The topic „Building Sustainable and Smart Cities: Challenges for Industries and Societies“ is based on research done by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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