Dissemination of knowledge permeates all BioFuel Region projects, and we also are coordinating a network where we engage in long-term efforts based on the desires of our members. Here’s an update from Nätverket Lärande (Learning Network) that sums up how it started and what we are doing today.
Learning for Agenda 2030
We are working to involve children and youth in sustainable development by linking education to national, regional and municipal goals and strategies for sustainable development and Agenda 2030. We are currently working with education as a component in the regional work with Sweden’s environmental objectives involving Sustainable consumption in Västernorrland county.
Involving young people is a common thread in all of our networks and projects. For example, students help with studies and presentations within the current project by contributing their knowledge, innovative thinking and creativity.
Involving young people
Since its start in 2003, Biofuel Region has involved young people. We need young people who are interested and knowledgeable so that our region will continue to evolve and be an interesting region in which to live and work. In 2004 we started to involve upper-secondary teachers. In 2008 we began a collaboration with three other regions. Our largest single initiative is the sustainable upper-secondary school programme, KNUT, with which we were actively engaged until 2016, when Knowledge Link came to an end.
KNUT – Climate and energy for young people
In 2009 KNUT, Sweden’s national school development project, began. The aim was to increase interest, knowledge and commitment to sustainability among children and young people by developing activities and teaching in Sweden’s preschools, compulsory schools and upper-secondary schools.
Kunskapslänken – Knowledge Link
In 2014 this work was taken over by Knowledge Link, and BioFuel Region was one of the participating regions in Sweden. The aim is through cross-sector collaborations to provide children and young people with an opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to contribute to sustainable development. The results are managed today by Kalmar, Dalarna and BioFuel Region while we look for funding to link together existing knowledge on education for sustainable development.