Greening Africa Together Sommer Semester 2022 - Call for Application

Dear Students,

Greening Africa Together is a joint module of the Technical University Berlin with the African member universities and NGOs of the network Greening Africa Together, from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Spain, Togo, and Uganda. This network is linked together by New Humanity International Association African regional committees and other members NGOs, like Alle Hand in Hand e.V. for Germany.

GATo is united by the aim to encourage, empower, and enable African youth to fight climate change and provide perspectives in Africa together. This approach is led by the idea of Universal Fraternity and Service Learning. GATo supports active cooperation between students and local communities from different cultures and nations. In the spirit of a united world, all our projects aim to create sustainable positive change for people and nature across cultural, religious, and social borders.

Master students from all partner universities work together in groups on service-learning projects to meet the specific needs (Sustainable Development Goals) of local communities in the areas of energy, waste and resource management, water conservation, food processing, forestry, and organic agriculture using sustainable technologies and methods. [The module offers 8 ECTS and takes 2 semesters, see module description]

Project lines we are currently working on:

1. Solar energy (Photovoltaic systems)
2. Biogas production and systems
3. Production of Fuel-briquettes
4. Water quality, distribution, and management
5. Food Processing
6. Sustainable Agriculture
7. Waste Management
8. Afforestation and Reforestation

Each GATo national team is responsible for managing projects with local community organizations. The projects are developed in the areas described above, addressing the Sustainable Development Goals appropriate to these communities 

Information about the projects for this semester will be shared on April 10 on our website and in our Kick-off meeting. 

The module is starting this Sommer Semester 22 with a hybrid Kick-Off meeting on Thursday 21.04.2022 at

14:15 Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo,

15:15 Benin, Cameroon, Kinshasa,

16:15 Berlin, Barcelona, Santiago di C.,

17:15 Kenya, Uganda.

All the registered/selected students will be invited to the local meeting. 

The mandatory requirements of the modules are:

  • Active participation in the Workshops on Thursdays (same time as kick-off). 
  • Weekly international project team meetings 
  • Participation in the project implementation in the project country (around 2 weeks) 
  • Reports and partly public presentations 
  • Active participation in fundraising 

We are looking for motivated master’s students (exceptionally bachelor students), who are willing to share their knowledge and experience in an interdisciplinary service-learning project. The tasks include the planning and execution of the projects in international student teams under the guidance of the African partner NGOs to meet the specific needs of the local partner community with sustainable technologies and methods. A social business/start-up approach will be used as a working method for the project teams. 

The GATo CO2 compensation framework, which was launched at the African-based GATo CCC Conference, will serve as a guideline but also will be further developed through the ongoing projects. 

The applicants should be able to participate in the project implementation in the project countries for 14-20 days. (Food and accommodation are covered during the summer schools, travel costs have to be covered by students.) 

The dates will be adapted according to the COVID-19 restrictions. In case of complete travel restrictions, there will be alternatives offered. 

If you are interested, please fill out the online application form on our website until 18.04.22. Please read the module description carefully prior to your application! The coordination team of each country will select their students among the applicants and those students will receive an e-mail with the details of the Kick-Off, where the final arrangement of the teams will be done after the introduction. Students of the following majors and expertise are especially encouraged to apply: renewable energies, energy engineering, forestry, organic agriculture, life-cycle assessment, carbon credits, ethnology, business, non-profit funding, etc. 

Feel free to contact the local coordination team and the module coordination in case of any questions. 

We are hoping to hear from you soon. 

Best greetings,
Greening Africa Together/GATo Coordination team 

For contact:

gatomodule@greeningafricatogether.org and respective local GATo coordination team

Useful links 

Please fill out the form to apply:

 

 

COUNTRIES’ COORDINATIONS

Benin Coordination
benin.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Burkina Faso Coordination
burkina.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Cameroun Coordination
cameroun.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Democratic Republic of Congo Coordination
drcongo.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Kenya Coordination
kenya.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Senegal Coordination
senegal.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Togo Coordination
togo.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Uganda Coordination
uganda.coord@greeningafricatogether.org

Universities

are invited to join the network if...
  • They want to fight climate change and reduce their carbon footprint 

  • They want to allow their students to gain practical experiences

  • Allow the university to fulfill their third mission/ mission society and support communities or social projects

  • Work at the same eye-level and exchange best practices with the Network members

  • Support and award (credits, certificates,) the participation of their students in GATo activities

  • A responsible of the university or department will sign the agreement

  • A coordinator will assure the communication with GAto and the organization of the activities

Interested in joining our network? Please fill in this contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

NGO's

are invited to join the network if...
  • They want to fight climate change and protect environment

  • Support green development and social equality

  • Aim to create sustainable positive change for people and nature across cultural, religious and social borders

  • Work at the same eye-level and exchange best practices with the Network members

  • Support actively and assure the sustainability of the projects executed together in the GATo Network

  • The NGO will sign the NGOs’s partner agreement

  • The NGO should name a coordinator, who’s responsible for the GATo activities

Interested in joining our network? Please fill in this contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Communities

are invited to join the network if...
  • They want to fight climate change and reduce their carbon footprint 

  • Support green development and social equality 

  • aim to create sustainable positive change for people and nature across cultural, religious and social borders

  • Work at the same eye-level and exchange best practices with the Network members

Interested in joining our network? Please fill in this contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.