About the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project

The UNESCO Baltic Sea Project (BSP) is an international network and a part of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet). Schools and all partners in the BSP are working together to build a sustainable future according to the United Nations’s Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The BSP stands for global citizenship education, a culture of peace and non-violence, sustainable development goals, sustainable lifestyles and wishes to enhance intercultural learning with the appreciation of cultural diversity and heritage in all the countries in the Baltic Sea region. The BSP offers various activities for approximately 200 schools around the Baltic Sea.

Objectives 

  • To increase the awareness of the students about the environmental situation in the Baltic Sea area and to give them an understanding of the scientific, social and cultural aspects of the interdependence between man and nature.
  • To work together and find ways to work against climate change and its negative effects on the Baltic Sea region
  • To support the implementation of environmental studies and science in the Baltic Sea region
  • To encourage students, teachers and all others to participate in building a sustainable future
  • To encourage students to learn about our shared history and civics in the Baltic Sea countries
  • To learn about the living cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea countries

Practical measures 

  • To set up a network of schools and other educational institutions
  • To create and develop educational approaches and joint programmes for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED)
  • To organize joint projects, activities and events
  • To share best practices
About the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project

Educational approach

  • To achieve a balance between a holistic view and individual subject studies
  • To change the role of the student from passive recipient to active constructor of competences
  • To change the role of the teacher from supervisor to guide in a learning process
  • To use networks to provide participants with opportunities to learn and pass along new ideas
  • To use international cooperation as an inherent element of school work

International collaboration 

About the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project

Schools in different Baltic Sea countries work together using online tools and learning environments  (eTwinning, Legulus, iNaturalist) to exchange ideas and collaborate in learning projects. Partner countries are Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Finland.

Coordinating organizations and schools can also start eTwinning, Erasmus+ or Nordplus projects built on the above mentioned themes.

To join the Baltic Sea Project network, please contact your national coordinator. You are welcome!

Who is coordinating the BSP?

There is a national coordinator or coordinators in all nine participating countries. The national coordinators meet regularly to coordinate national activities and plan common activities on both national and international level.
The general coordinator is responsible for contacts among the countries, organizing meetings and seminars/webinars and suggesting development initiatives.
Finland started the project with Ms. Liisa Jääskeläinen as general coordinator from 1989 to 1992.
Currently, for the first time, two countries are working together in a six-years joint general coordination: Since early 2022 it is Denmark and Germany together, with Jon Urskov Pedersen and Camilla Weidinger from Denmark and Martin Jarrath from Germany as a team.

Contact

For all questions and comments please write to
Martin Jarrath
UNESCO Baltic Sea Project General Coordination
c/o Ministry of Education Schleswig-Holstein
III 213
Brunswiker Str. 16-22
D-24105 Kiel
Germany
martin.jarrath@b-s-p.org