Local action for global sustainability
In the project Wereldschool Wereldwijk (‘World school, World neighbourhood’), four primary schools in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant launched local activities on sustainability and liveable neighbourhoods. Schoolchildren, parents and teachers worked together with the local community (local residents, social organisations, and businesses located in the neighbourhood of the schools) on a wide range of social and green projects, about 50 in total. The aim was to contribute to global sustainability through local action. The Louis Bolk Institute had been asked to evaluate the effects of this project. The project ran from 2013 to 2015, and was funded by the province of Noord-Brabant.
The Louis Bolk Institute investigated whether the projects contributed to sustainability awareness and neighbourhood liveability. Collaboration between schools and local partners was found to have increased significantly. Many project activities had been integrated into the schools' regular curricula. Furthermore, primary school children had developed a greater awareness and understanding of sustainability. A key factor for success is the number of organisations working together to achieve a shared goal. The more, the better for sustainability initiatives to take root. Download the report (in Dutch).
Research on healthy, sustainable and liveable neighbourhoods
The activities ranged from building insect hotels, planting butterfly zones and cleaning up street litter, to cooking organic meals together. The results from this research will help other schools and neighbourhoods to successfully implement their own sustainability initiatives. This project fits in well with our research theme Green and Healthy, which focuses on social issues such as quality of life, social cohesion and liveability. We conducted this study together with Green and So, the Scalascholen school foundation and Eric Schoones.