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Back to listJun 5, 2012

Seeds of Change Exhibit Held in Western Iceland

At the schoolSeeds of Change on display at the Fjölbrautaskóli Snæfellinga upper secondary school

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" (SOC) exhibition was on display from March 7 until June 5 at the Fjölbrautaskóli Snæfellinga upper secondary school in Grundarfjörður, a town located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland.

The school was founded in 2004, as a result of efforts by local people to make secondary education available in this remote area. The school has 250 students, 25 of whom learn via distance learning, using mediums such as videoconferencing.

building a small houseTwo students building a small house for kids on the shore

The "Seeds of Change" exhibition was viewed by students and teachers, as well as local residents. It was also incorporated into the school's social anthropology, sociology and geography curriculums.

Students in the social anthropology class used the exhibition to deepen their understanding of sustainability and development in a project titled "Think Globally, Act Locally." Sociology students took part in a three week intensive project on what it would be like living in Snæfellsnes as adults, called “For me Snæfellsnes is home--What do we need to see when we come back in 2025?” The exhibition also helped provide valuable information for students studying geography.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Iceland; photos courtesy of SGI-Iceland]