Urban X-Change Network project coordinator from Germany visits Western Dakota Tech and Rapid City

Sister City Sustainability6RAPID CITY, S.D. – Western Dakota Tech welcomed the project coordinator of Urban X-Change Network from Germany to learn more about sustainability efforts and the sustainability committees in Rapid City. Everyone at the event got a tour of the sustainability projects that the college has.

“Western Dakota Tech already has these amazing projects ongoing, related to sustainable agriculture. And so, we just get to help highlight that and bring more awareness to the community about how they can start now to change their lifestyles to be more sustainable,” Timmi Bubac, general education instructor for Western Dakota Tech, said.

Then, they explained more about their projects with their sister city, Apolda, Germany.

“The idea behind it is to involve, first of all, sister cities as a base. Because you see that there’s a lot going on already with Apolda and Rapid City,” Liza Warncke, project coordinator of Urban X-Change Network with DVV International, said. “So, there’s a base for cooperation, but the adult education as like a vehicle, transporting education in some sort of way in this big framework is, well, that’s the idea if this is working well if we try. So yeah, hopefully that shows us that adult education is very important.”

DVV International:

DVV International, which stands for Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband (German Adult Education Association), represents the interest of about 900 adult education centres and their state associations.

The organization is committed to supported lifelong learning for more than 50 years. They cooperate with more than 200 civil society, government and academic partners in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

According to DVV International’s website, they focus their work on “literacy and basic education, vocational training, global and intercultural learning, environmental education and sustainable development, migration and integration, refugee work, health education, conflict prevention and democracy education.”

Urban X-Change Network:

DVV International steers the overall project of the Urban X-Change Network, and it is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The network has nine German Adult Education Centers (Volkshochschule) with counterparts in Great Britain, Ukraine and the United States.

The goals of this organization includes:

  • Expand town twinning and cooperation of cities through participation in adult education institutions and civil society networks
  • Connect people from a number of cities in Germany with people from cities in Great Britain, Ukraine and the U.S.
  • Involve people who might not usually have much say in foreign policy processes
  • Foster exchange with groups from different countries that are within the 2030 agenda
  • Strengthen democracy, social participation and sustainability
  • Strengthens the system of British, Ukrainian and U.S. American adult education institutions with the German Adult Education Centers

Photos of the event held at Western Dakota Tech College:

Funding of projects:

A grant agreement will provide funds for 57,000 euros (about $60,000) from the German Federal Foreign Office.

The funds will be split between the two cities for the proposed events they have.

Sustainable Development Goal 12:

The United Nations adopted an agenda in 2015 titled “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which has 17 goals to work toward. This is the list that Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns was picked for the partnership between Rapid City and Apolda.

According to the United Nations website, unsustainable patterns in consumption and production “are root cause of” climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

13.3% of the world’s food is lost during the transportation or storage portion of getting it to retail markets, and 17% is wasted at the consumer level. This plays into WDTC’s sustainability projects like its greenhouse and farm-to-table programs with both plant and animal based foods.

Proposed Rapid City events:

Proposed Rapid City Events

Proposed Apolda Projects:

Proposed Apolda EventsThe partnership between the two cities is scheduled to last until September 2023.

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