KURS 21 "Schools manage future", funded by the German Foundation for the Environment is an educational project which aims at bringing schools and companies together in learning partnerships for sustainable development.
Based on close-to-reality co-operation with companies these learning partnerships (each with one school and one company) introduce innovative topics and methods to the classrooms.
KURS 21 is projected as a nation-wide sustainability dialogue between schools and companies. Its target groups are medium sized companies of different trade and students of different school forms (up from the age of ten). Greater Wuppertal is the model region where 12 learning partnerships have already been established and so have over 100 learning partnerships in Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Thuringia up to now.
The Wuppertal Institute provides four field-tested KURS 21 learning modules in order to prepare the co-operation between students and companies and to introduce the relatively new topic to the teaching staff:
The described learning modules as well as further information about the didactic principles of the learning matter, glossary and documentation material about selected activities from the learning partnerships in Wuppertal are available at www.kurs-21.de.
The materials are also provided on the Internet site of the NRW education server together with a lot of facilities and suggestions about the topic "School-Economy-Sustainability".