, An Offshore Campus for Cities in Transformation, 2018, Floating e.V.,, Photo: Daniel Seiffert

2021/2022 Congress Sep 22

S.O.S. – Schools of Sustainability

Can Schools Save the Climate?

School projects, workshops, closing congress, teacher training courses

Jun 2021–Dec 2022

Sep 22, 2022: Closing congress at HKW
Fall 2022: Teacher training courses

Updates and program information:
HKW Newsletter

The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our era. How can the experiences that young activists of the Fridays for Future movement gather outside of school can be taken back to school? Artistic approaches for a climate-neutral school.

The climate crisis demands rapid action and rethinking at all levels. Together with three Berlin schools and eight artists, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt is taking a look at the school system in order to initiate sustainable change processes: How can we live sustainability and make it tangible inside the classroom, inside and outside the building and in other resources? The focus is on artistic research as a method for opening up new perspectives on the world and its complexities in an open and participatory process. This process will be supervised by experts from education, ecology, politics and the social sciences. The end result is the draft of a new, revised curriculum, a contemporary type of school that is forward-looking in its architecture and its technologies. In addition to workshops and discussions, the artistic projects will be presented at a closing congress on September 22, 2022. In the fall of 2022, two teacher training courses will draw on the experience of the project work to provide recommendations for action in school teaching practice.


A group of students of the arts and sciences from the University of Duisburg-Essen under the direction of Maren Ziese and Sarah Wenzinger are monitoring the project.