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Development policy in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The State Chancellery is responsible for development cooperation in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It coordinates the tasks of development cooperation with the ministries involved and all social institutions concerned. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for the period 2015 to 2030 serve as a guideline for political decisions. Fundamental development policy issues are coordinated with representatives of the ministries, the Association of Towns and Municipalities, the One World State Network, the Society for International Cooperation, RENN Nord and other responsible bodies in the annual "Round Table".

Promoter program

The One World Promoter Program has been co-financed since 2014. Currently, there are three regional offices and one migration office, a total of four full-time equivalent positions (FTE). The promoter positions are located at decentralized agencies and are divided among eight people. They help people to broaden their understanding of democracy, human rights and social diversity and to engage with the issues of "One World".

One World Country Network

The One World State Network Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V. brings together associations, initiatives and individuals from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern who are committed to global justice and sustainable development. Currently, the state network has 53 members, including 34 development policy groups and associations and 19 individual members. The state network bundles the offers of the One World groups and qualifies them. The network currently employs seven people in part-time project positions. The One-World Network is active in various bodies, such as the State Working Group on ESD, the NUN Commission, the NUE Award Council and the Board of Directors of the North-South Bridges.

The One World State Network coordinates the event series Weltwechsel with an annually changing annual theme. The approximately 80 individual events are carried out by 50-60 civil society actors. Through the project "Global Partnerships", the One World State Network Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bundles the activities of about 75 non-governmental organizations, schools and municipalities from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with South-North partnerships. The project Fair-trade City of Rostock takes care of municipal procurement, the visibility of fair trade and organizes the state-wide networking of fair trade activists. In September 2019, the latest project of the One World State Network Mecklenburg-Vorpommern started on the topic of agriculture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in a global context.

Education for sustainable development in schools

Education for sustainable development/global learning is implemented in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture via ESD regional advisors in the state education offices and the vocational school supervisory authority and is given expert support in the Institute for Quality Development Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (IQ Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). A state working group on education for sustainable development (LAG BNE) with over 40 members from various ministries and non-governmental organizations works under its leadership.

IQ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern organizes an annual statewide ESD conference for schools together with the LAG BNE at the University of Rostock. On March 21, 2019, it took place on the topic "Facts, Fakes and Many Questions - ESD as an Orientation Approach in Times of the Digital Revolution".

Within the LAG BNE, various working groups work on the topics of public relations, teaching development and teacher training. Here, ideas, ways and concepts are developed on how, among other things, contents of development cooperation can be incorporated into lessons and teacher training and further education and how the cooperation of school and non-school ESD actors as well as communication can be improved. For the 2019/2020 school year, the framework curricula for the upper secondary school were revised and published. In preparation for this, ESD training sessions were held with the framework plan committees on ways to implement ESD/GL. The framework plan for elementary school subject teaching is currently being revised with ESD participation.

New teaching materials have been created in collaboration with universities, research institutions, museum educators, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment:


    12 Forest educational modules

To implement the Orientation Framework for Global Development Learning in the context of an ESD, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is implementing two state initiatives in the school program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Engagement Global (EG).The three-year cross-state project "Fit for Tomorrow" in vocational preparation at vocational schools will run from 2017 to 2019. Using ESD teaching-learning concepts at one school each in Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the project aims to improve the vocational orientation and motivation of young people without school-leaving qualifications and/or with refugee experience. Since September 1, 2018, the model project at general education schools "Schools of the Future - Self-Determined Pathways to High Performers in Educational Landscapes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania" (ESD Model Schools Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) has been running and will end on August 31, 2021. Ten schools have set out with cooperation partners and the LAG ESD to further develop and effectively implement the holistic approach (whole school approach) at their schools.

Extracurricular education for sustainable development

The NUN certification (Norddeutsch Und Nachhaltig) of extracurricular ESD actors in the three northern German states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is being continued. The main goal is to improve the quality of extracurricular ESD offerings and institutions. The office is located at the Academy for Sustainable Development in Güstrow on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment. The network of certified extracurricular ESD providers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is 25, of which seven providers are re-certified. The educational offers include seminars, courses, project days for schools, daycare centers, but also for adults, in which future topics are taught.