Project "Wissenstaucher"

Sustainability is a central focus of the support and project work of the ASKO Europa-Stiftung. In order to generate enthusiasm for this topic, in particular among younger target groups, the project "Wissenstaucher" (Knowledge Diver) was launched together with THE BLUE MIND e.V. association and its founder, the marine biologist and author Dr. Frauke Bagusche.

The concrete educational task is to convey scientifically based background knowledge about climate change and in particular about the oceans as a fragile ecosystem to civil society, especially to secondary students. The strategic link with the START student scholarship program, which the ASKO Europa-Stiftung has been coordinating in Saarland since 2005, provides an ideal starting point.

Together with Frauke Bagusche, the START scholarship holders in Saarland "dive" into a "sea of knowledge" - a virtual journey into the underwater world, whose beauty and diversity is, however, severely threatened. At training courses lasting several days, the START scholarship holders are trained in order to become competent contact persons and dissiminators of information on the topics of climate change and plastic littering of the oceans. This enables them to help to protect the oceans – one basis of our existence.

Having acquired the "Wissenstaucher" certificate, the newly trained sustainability multipliers accompany Frauke Bagusche in her MeerMobil (a 100% electric Nissan NV200, sponsored by the Saarland Ministry of the Environment) to workshops at 50 selected schools as well as to public events in Saarland.