Campaign slogan Natur Stadt Berlin

Our educational mission statement

We work for a green and sustainable Berlin

 

We aim for a more conscious and sustainable approach in terms of nature and environment. The principles and goals of nature, environment and climate education lead to better coexistence in our society. Urban nature is important for health as well as the challenges of climate change in the city. Our mission statement supports the availability and quality of actions ensuring the maintenance of urban nature.

Moreover, urban nature needs to be protected and developed. The mission statement offers a basis for people involved in these work processes. Those can be people who create green learning places and offer environmental education. To them, the mission statement helps to carry their values and contents into society and supports the valuable cultural and social work for a common future.

Berlin is a nature-rich and diversely structured city and should remain so.
GREEN INSTEAD OF GRAY

URBAN NATURE: GREEN INSTEAD OF GRAY

Tasks and goals of education for a green and sustainable Berlin

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin enables people to experience nature. Moreover, it opens up spaces for addressing issues of climate, environment and sustainability in urban spaces.
Education for a sustainable Berlin promotes successful relationships between humans and nature. In addition to that, it helps to increase awareness and sensitizes people to the need for a sustainable development. Appropriate education provides concrete impetus for action to collectively shape a green and sustainable Berlin.

Education in terms of nature, environment, climate and sustainability contributes to understanding nature in its ecological contexts, to respecting and protecting biodiversity, and to recognizing and reflecting on its function in the overall social and urban context. This understanding helps to promoteg people's actions to support urban nature.

Even in a city, you can experience sustainability and connect with nature.

DIVERSITY IS WHAT WE ARE

About our target groups

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin offers access to nature, the environment, climate and sustainability along an entire educational biography.
It is firmly anchored in the formal education sector – in daycare centers, schools, universities etc. – through educational plans and framework guidelines. Our educational mission statement is also implemented by qualified providers of non-formal and informal education.

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin has a firm place in society. It takes into account the different living conditions and everyday realities of children, young people and adults and offers needs-oriented and target-group-specific programs for families, seniors, people with a migration background, refugees, people with disabilities and people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

No matter what age, origin or living conditions, everyone can take advantage of these offers.

DIVERSITY IS WHAT WE ARE
WE NEED TO ACT – NOW!

WE NEED TO ACT – NOW!

Concepts and formats

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin is characterized by low-threshold, outreach, and difference-sensitive concepts and formats.

These are methodically diverse and didactically designed to suit the target group. They tie in with people's different realities, create activating free spaces for cross-generational interaction, and offer both emotional and cognitive access to the various educational contents.

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin offers comprehensive opportunities for participation and involvement, both analog and digital. It motivates people to take an in-depth look at issues of nature and environmental protection, the transformation of the economy and society, and climate protection and adaptation to climate change. All educational activities follow the pedagogical principles of creative, explorative, experiential and action-oriented learning. Moreover, they strengthen the individual as well as the collective ability of people, companies and institutions in Berlin to reflect, innovate and think about the future.

The concepts and formats of the campaign are as extensive as nature itself. There is something for everyone in some way.

GREEN INSTEAD OF GRAY

URBAN NATURE: GREEN INSTEAD OF GRAY

Tasks and goals of education for a green and sustainable Berlin

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin enables people to experience nature. Moreover, it opens up spaces for addressing issues of climate, environment and sustainability in urban spaces.
Education for a sustainable Berlin promotes successful relationships between humans and nature. In addition to that, it helps to increase awareness and sensitizes people to the need for a sustainable development. Appropriate education provides concrete impetus for action to collectively shape a green and sustainable Berlin.

Education in terms of nature, environment, climate and sustainability contributes to understanding nature in its ecological contexts, to respecting and protecting biodiversity, and to recognizing and reflecting on its function in the overall social and urban context. This understanding helps to promoteg people's actions to support urban nature.

Even in a city, you can experience sustainability and connect with nature.

DIVERSITY IS WHAT WE ARE

DIVERSITY IS WHAT WE ARE

About our target groups

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin offers access to nature, the environment, climate and sustainability along an entire educational biography.
It is firmly anchored in the formal education sector – in daycare centers, schools, universities etc. – through educational plans and framework guidelines. Our educational mission statement is also implemented by qualified providers of non-formal and informal education.

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin has a firm place in society. It takes into account the different living conditions and everyday realities of children, young people and adults and offers needs-oriented and target-group-specific programs for families, seniors, people with a migration background, refugees, people with disabilities and people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

No matter what age, origin or living conditions, everyone can take advantage of these offers.

WE NEED TO ACT – NOW!

WE NEED TO ACT – NOW!

Concepts and formats

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin is characterized by low-threshold, outreach, and difference-sensitive concepts and formats.
These are methodically diverse and didactically designed to suit the target group. They tie in with people's different realities, create activating free spaces for cross-generational interaction, and offer both emotional and cognitive access to the various educational contents.

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin offers comprehensive opportunities for participation and involvement, both analog and digital. It motivates people to take an in-depth look at issues of nature and environmental protection, the transformation of the economy and society, and climate protection and adaptation to climate change. All educational activities follow the pedagogical principles of creative, explorative, experiential and action-oriented learning. Moreover, they strengthen the individual as well as the collective ability of people, companies and institutions in Berlin to reflect, innovate and think about the future.

The concepts and formats of the campaign are as extensive as nature itself. There is something for everyone in some way.

EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE!

Contributors and providers

Contributors in education for a green and sustainable Berlin are all people and institutions that directly and indirectly develop suitable educational programs and contribute to their successful implementation.
Accordingly, Berlin's educational fields are colorful and diverse. Anyone can become a nature, environment, climate, and sustainability contributor or provider. A wide variety of competencies and experiences from science, art, culture, social affairs, business, and civil society are incorporated.

Thus, in Berlin's educational fields, proven experts and strong public and civil society institutions are helping to shape a green and sustainable future for Berlin. Those can be people with expertise from the civil society sector, from committed companies and from the private sector. Children, young people, senior citizens and others can also be effective as competent mediators of educational content in the field of nature, environment, climate and sustainability based on their expertise, experience or special access to their peer groups.

Anyone and everyone can become a provider of offers.

EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE
URBAN NATURE CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE

URBAN NATURE CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE!

Places of education

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin can take place in a wide variety of places in the city.
These places include forests, parks, open spaces, lakes and allotments, but also educational institutions where people can encounter nature directly. All over Berlin, experiencing nature is possible. At the same time, this can mean dealing with aspects of the environment, biodiversity, climate and the design of sustainable lifestyles.

We intend to secure the existing places of learning and experience in the long term and to continuously develop new ones. We see the importance of urban development that upgrades green and open spaces, sustainably designs urban nature and makes them usable as educational content and places of learning. Their comprehensive and substantial integration into educational processes is promoted by the provision of temporal, spatial and financial resources. Already dense and urbanized space, including front yards, courtyards and rooftops, is also recognized and developed as an important potential for education for a green and sustainable Berlin.

In perspective, this will create a space of coordinated, coherent and dynamic urban nature. People, flora and fauna alike will use it as a habitat Moreover, it will serve as a model for green and sustainable urban development as well as for green and sustainable education policy.

Nature can prevail everywhere, whether in the park or in backyards. And you can learn from it.

INCENTIVE FOR CITY MAKERS!

Fields of action and topics

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin provides important impulses for current social discussions.
In the future, it is the aim to identify even more relevant perspectives and alternative courses of action for shaping the future as well as for Berlin's development in the 21st century. In the field of tension between urban growth on the one hand and nature, environmental and climate protection on the other, education for a green and sustainable Berlin offers a fruitful framework for reflection.

This also opens up a space for the development of new designs for action, contributes significantly to successful relationships between humans and nature and thus increases the prosperity and quality of life of all Berliners. The most important fields of action here are the preservation of biodiversity, the conversion of our dietary and consumption habits, and a sustainable cultural change in questions of mobility and production, digitalization, construction and housing, energy and resource consumption.

We want to draw attention to current discussions in society and politics. We want to inspire people to make their own contribution.

INCENTIVE FOR CITY MAKERS
EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE

EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE!

Contributors and providers

Contributors in education for a green and sustainable Berlin are all people and institutions that directly and indirectly develop suitable educational programs and contribute to their successful implementation.
Accordingly, Berlin's educational fields are colorful and diverse. Anyone can become a nature, environment, climate, and sustainability contributor or provider. A wide variety of competencies and experiences from science, art, culture, social affairs, business, and civil society are incorporated.

Thus, in Berlin's educational fields, proven experts and strong public and civil society institutions are helping to shape a green and sustainable future for Berlin. Those can be people with expertise from the civil society sector, from committed companies and from the private sector. Children, young people, senior citizens and others can also be effective as competent mediators of educational content in the field of nature, environment, climate and sustainability based on their expertise, experience or special access to their peer groups.

Anyone and everyone can become a provider of offers.

URBAN NATURE CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE

URBAN NATURE CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE!

Places of education

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin can take place in a wide variety of places in the city.
These places include forests, parks, open spaces, lakes and allotments, but also educational institutions where people can encounter nature directly. All over Berlin, experiencing nature is possible. At the same time, this can mean dealing with aspects of the environment, biodiversity, climate and the design of sustainable lifestyles.

We intend to secure the existing places of learning and experience in the long term and to continuously develop new ones. We see the importance of urban development that upgrades green and open spaces, sustainably designs urban nature and makes them usable as educational content and places of learning. Their comprehensive and substantial integration into educational processes is promoted by the provision of temporal, spatial and financial resources. Already dense and urbanized space, including front yards, courtyards and rooftops, is also recognized and developed as an important potential for education for a green and sustainable Berlin.

In perspective, this will create a space of coordinated, coherent and dynamic urban nature. People, flora and fauna alike will use it as a habitat Moreover, it will serve as a model for green and sustainable urban development as well as for green and sustainable education policy.

Nature can prevail everywhere, whether in the park or in backyards. And you can learn from it.

INCENTIVE FOR CITY MAKERS

INCENTIVE FOR CITY MAKERS!

Fields of action and topics

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin provides important impulses for current social discussions.
In the future, it is the aim to identify even more relevant perspectives and alternative courses of action for shaping the future as well as for Berlin's development in the 21st century. In the field of tension between urban growth on the one hand and nature, environmental and climate protection on the other, education for a green and sustainable Berlin offers a fruitful framework for reflection.

This also opens up a space for the development of new designs for action, contributes significantly to successful relationships between humans and nature and thus increases the prosperity and quality of life of all Berliners. The most important fields of action here are the preservation of biodiversity, the conversion of our dietary and consumption habits, and a sustainable cultural change in questions of mobility and production, digitalization, construction and housing, energy and resource consumption.

We want to draw attention to current discussions in society and politics. We want to inspire people to make their own contribution.

QUALITY MATTERS

QUALITY MATTERS!

Quality of the educational offers

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin takes people's actions and everyday life habits into consideration.
It is geared to the acquisition of skills for action and the future, both analogously and digitally. It derives much of its quality from the diversity of the contributors involved. With their multi-layered cultural and professional backgrounds, their different competencies and experiences, and the initiatives they initiate, they contribute to high-quality and contemporary education for the entire city.

Another quality component of education for a green and sustainable Berlin is formed by people with special training in nature and environmental education, as well as a large number of professionally qualified people with a special connection to nature, the environment, climate and sustainability. Their cooperation and networking is promoted and strengthened by the recognized educational institutions and the district coordination offices. For this purpose, all contributors have access to extensive professional and methodological training opportunities as well as continuous reflection and exchange forums.

Methods and processes are regularly updated on the basis of concrete evaluations and ensure the continuous development of the decentralized and inclusive quality assurance instruments.

The diversely trained contributors and volunteers provide quality education.

OUR RESOURCES!

Division of tasks between state and districts

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin is coordinated on a city-wide basis and acts decentrally based on the existing conditions or agreed-upon action priorities in the 12 Berlin districts.
The departments responsible at the various levels contribute their institutionally available competencies and resources constructively and self-responsibly to the various educational processes and activities.

The different roles of the district offices, the district coordination offices with their associated educational partners and the senate administrations are just as clearly defined as the corresponding areas of activity and responsibility. They are made comprehensible through transparent communication. Interdistrict service points support the development of needs-based services and the networking of the contributors involved.

By establishing continuous interdepartmental cooperation between the senate administrations, the state of Berlin ensures that educational work in the sense of this mission statement will continue in the medium and long term. In addition, it creates a reliable commitment for Berlin's educational contributors by stabilizing the framework conditions and providing sufficient earmarked financial resources.

The state provides the districts with the resources they need and the districts distribute them further.

OUR RESOURCES
EDUCATION IN MANY WAYS

EDUCATION IN MANY WAYS!

Communication and networking

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin initiates solution-oriented development processes and contributes to the successful and sustainable design of city-wide and societal tasks.
This requires intelligent networking of all the stakeholder groups involved, respecting their different concerns and interests, integrating them into common projects and goals, and continually balancing them toward a common consensus.

The educational landscape thrives on vital, open communication between the various educational sectors, which takes up new topics and developments and evaluates and classifies them according to jointly agreed procedures. To this end, information about goals and measures, about the institutions and educational providers involved, and about the competencies available are prepared transparently and are openly accessible at all times.

All the contributors shape a network all over Berlin in order to achieve a good implementation of the tasks assigned to them.

QUALITY MATTERS

QUALITY MATTERS!

Quality of the educational offers

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin takes people's actions and everyday life habits into consideration.
It is geared to the acquisition of skills for action and the future, both analogously and digitally. It derives much of its quality from the diversity of the contributors involved. With their multi-layered cultural and professional backgrounds, their different competencies and experiences, and the initiatives they initiate, they contribute to high-quality and contemporary education for the entire city.

Another quality component of education for a green and sustainable Berlin is formed by people with special training in nature and environmental education, as well as a large number of professionally qualified people with a special connection to nature, the environment, climate and sustainability. Their cooperation and networking is promoted and strengthened by the recognized educational institutions and the district coordination offices. For this purpose, all contributors have access to extensive professional and methodological training opportunities as well as continuous reflection and exchange forums.

Methods and processes are regularly updated on the basis of concrete evaluations and ensure the continuous development of the decentralized and inclusive quality assurance instruments.

The diversely trained contributors and volunteers provide quality education.

OUR RESOURCES

OUR RESOURCES!

Division of tasks between Berlin city administration and the districts

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin is coordinated on a city-wide basis and acts decentrally based on the existing conditions or agreed-upon action priorities in the 12 Berlin districts.
The departments responsible at the various levels contribute their institutionally available competencies and resources constructively and self-responsibly to the various educational processes and activities.

The different roles of the district offices, the district coordination offices with their associated educational partners and the senate administrations are just as clearly defined as the corresponding areas of activity and responsibility. They are made comprehensible through transparent communication. Interdistrict service points support the development of needs-based services and the networking of the contributors involved.

By establishing continuous interdepartmental cooperation between the senate administrations, the state of Berlin ensures that educational work in the sense of this mission statement will continue in the medium and long term. In addition, it creates a reliable commitment for Berlin's educational contributors by stabilizing the framework conditions and providing sufficient earmarked financial resources.

The state provides the districts with the resources they need and the districts distribute them further.

EDUCATION IN MANY WAYS

EDUCATION IN MANY WAYS!

Communication and networking

Education for a green and sustainable Berlin initiates solution-oriented development processes and contributes to the successful and sustainable design of city-wide and societal tasks.
This requires intelligent networking of all the stakeholder groups involved, respecting their different concerns and interests, integrating them into common projects and goals, and continually balancing them toward a common consensus.

The educational landscape thrives on vital, open communication between the various educational sectors, which takes up new topics and developments and evaluates and classifies them according to jointly agreed procedures. To this end, information about goals and measures, about the institutions and educational providers involved, and about the competencies available are prepared transparently and are openly accessible at all times.

All the contributors shape a network all over Berlin in order to achieve a good implementation of the tasks assigned to them.

DISCOVER THE DIVERSITY OF NATURE, ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

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Information for the press

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