In 2020, NEWAL completed the first phase of its activities. These included a winter school and e-learning activities.
In 2021, the second phase of NEWAL was approved. Planned activities for 2022 include a winter school and virtual learning activities.
The Call for Students for the 2022 Winter School is now open. The deadline for applications is 22 October 2021.
A “winter school” in Ghana followed by a one day online workshop was implemented. The goal of the winter school was to bring together 24 university students from various disciplines and countries to focus on the overarching topic of “Water and Life” while working in a transcultural and translingual setting. Working in groups of 6 people representing different SDGs, the young and promising students learned about key water-related challenges in West Africa, they met with local stakeholders, and they identified and developed research projects for their BSc or MSc theses. The “winter school” in Ghana included inputs from international experts, group work on case studies, meetings with stakeholders, and field visits. After having completed their research, the students met again in an online workshop to present and discuss the results of their work.
The aim of this activity was to develop a Swiss-West African e-learning platform. A design-thinking approach was used to evaluate educational concepts. Through a co-design workshop, the challenges of online learning were discussed and e-learning approaches were identified that could be suitable and of interest to West African users in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
Read more about the implemented E-Learning Platform.