From March 2006 to February 2009, students from all kinds of schools across Austria, England, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Thailand and the Czech Republic participated in the EU project Global Action Schools. The Global Action Schools project focussed on topics of global importance, such as climate change, fair trade and sustainable farming. The aim was to give children and young people a global understanding of the world and encourage them to actively contribute to improving quality of life in the future.
This school project having been completed with great success, Welthaus again invited schools to work on the global topics of fair trade and environmental issues/sustainability from 2009 to 2012. As indicated by the name of this follow-up project, Global Action Schools 2 Communities, schools this time ventured outside of their own walls to act together with local institutions, such as municipalities, parishes, associations, youth centres, the media, libraries or companies, to foster sustainability in their area. Throughout the project, the participants pursued the ambitious goal of combatting world poverty.
A total of 157 schools took part in the project, altogether realising more than 200 local initiatives in Austria, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Both projects received an award as “UN decade project” from the Austrian Commission for UNESCO. The UNESCO awards this prize for outstanding initiatives which make a valuable contribution to sustainable and future oriented education.