Seasonal School 2024

The Newal Seasonal School 2024 will take place in Kumasi Ghana from 29 August to 7 September 2024 and has a thematic focus on water and livelihood: sustainable WASH, solid waste, agriculture and renewable energy.

The learnings will be:

  1. Explain the SDGs, in particular SDG6 and what are the indicators to measure sustainable development related to for water and livelihood.
  2. Describe the challenges related to water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), solid waste, renewable energies, and sustainable agriculture in different countries of Waste Africa and Switzerland.
  3. Analyse a specific challenge in view of the SDGs, in particular SDG6.
  4. Understand how to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.
  5. Sketch potential interdisciplinary solutions (research or implementation project) for challenges related to water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), solid waste, renewable energies, and sustainable agriculture in different countries of Waste Africa and Switzerland.
  6. Assess the feasibility of the solutions and improve it.
  7. Apply transversal methods for research and project development to develop a specific challenge/solution related to water and livelihood that can contribute towards sustainable development in West Africa and Switzerland.

What you should bring with you:

  • Having conducted or planning to carry out a study project related to the themes.
  • Fluent in English
  • Commit in the preparation of the relevant topic before the school.
  • Have existing skills and knowledge related to the themes.
  • Prepare a specific knowledge input helpful for the thematic projects.

Procedure:

Before the Seasonal School there is an online meeting where students and supervisors get to know each other. At this meeting, the SDGs are presented with a focus on SDG 6 and the country challenges are discussed. Teams are then created where students can sign up for a project.

The Seasonal School will then take place from 29 August to 7 September. During this 8-day school, the students will receive relevant knowledge on the topics which they will then need to work on their challenge. The daily schedule of the Seasonal School is always roughly the same. In the morning there are thematic inputs, followed by work in groups. In the evening there are transversal inputs and social activities. In addition to these activities, 2 field trips will support what has been learnt.

Project proposal and awards:

After the Seasonal School, the teams can finalise and present their project. The focus should be on local relevance and population. The final deliverable will be a report summarizing the research done together with a concrete project proposal for the groups’ solution approaches.

The 3 most convincing proposals will be awarded and a grant of 12’000 CHF (3 Projects with 4’000 CHF) will be given.

How to apply:

If you want to participate at the NEWAL Seasonal School 2024 please send your CV and a letter of interest to your responsible person at your university. In the letter of interest you are asked to clearly lay out your main area of interest and how you will use your experience in your career.

We look forward to receiving your applications!