|Johanneum on the EXPO 2000|
|Nature as an invention of man|
|welcome overview working on the project||deutsche
Photo of the first announcement of certification of the Johanneum in November 1997
How it happened that the Johanneum became an EXPO school
In December 1996 it became public that for the world exhibition EXPO in Hannover in the year 2000 schools were summoned to contribute ideas to the EXPO Project "What school does the future of our world need?" . More than 300 schools declared their interest, 26 of which as well as 2 further educational institutes were finally chosen as EXPO schools. On the 16th of January 1998 the Johanneum was awarded the certificate "EXPO School" by the minister of culture of Lower Saxony Prof. Rolf Wernstedt and representatives of the EXPO GmbH in a festive ceremony.
The titel of our school's project is Nature as an invention of man. This topic, "invented" by StR Alfred Blohm is so universal that it is possible for all subjects to contribute to it in numerous ways. In order to develop specific projects, an "Idea competition" for pupils was started in December 1997. Many interesting ideas had been developed in that competition, the best of which were awarded prices. In January 1998 a meeting of the heads of the departments took place, where the guiding principles (meaning the compulsory lesson contents for all years) were compared to the pupils' ideas. On the departmental conferences in February 1998 the EXPO 2000 was also subject to discussions, some projects could hence even be started in that year.
Further suggestions can be obtained from the Outline of arrangements.
New ways of learning
In other words: Our aim in participating in the EXPO 2000 is definitely not to eliminate the former lesson contents and structures , but to add other and more up-to-date methods of learning. At the same time it becomes clear that in the following two and a half years the EXPO topic is not going to be our only concern. It will certainly play a major role, but normal lessons will obviously have to continue since syllabuses will have to be covered exams will have to be written. And pupils will have to be well-prepared for these. Interdisciplinary learning will be an important goal, but "normal" lessons are not to lose any of their relevance.
During the course of the EXPO in summer 2000, the public can visit the probably transformed school building and the school grounds. They will be presented with an exhibition of our project, including a professional exhibition, a film, several platform discussions,various theatre, music and cabaret performances, a contribution in the internet, and a CD-ROM.
It should also be mentioned here that our efforts are not going to terminate with the year 2000. In my opinion this represents the start of an development, in which the "learning of learning" will play an important role. Nowadays, knowledge changes and increases rapidly over the years and it has become increasingly important to not only have knowledge, but also to be able to increase one's knowledge independently and competent (i.e. without the help of others). This abililty has become of increased importance in jobs, and a school's obligation is to prepare its pupils adequately.
The latest developments of our EXPO project are going to be added to this page from time to time.
Autor: Peter H. Nissen, headmaster
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