SEKEM at the World Child Forum in Davos

A delegation from Heliopolis University visited Switzerland in the frame of the World Child Forum in Davos and was invited to visit Germany as well. We want to share their experiences with you, so here is a report of Gamal Hekal, Project Coordinator in the 13 Villages Project:

Attending the World Child Forum in Davos from 19th to 21st July 2023 was an incredible opportunity for me. This inaugural forum brought together 250 children and young people from around the world, all united by a common goal to take action and serve the environment, protecting our planet for future generations.

The Importance of the Forum: The World Child Forum aimed to empower young individuals, inspiring them to become agents of change in the face of environmental challenges. By encouraging their active participation, the forum sought to instill a sense of responsibility.

Workshops and Discussions: Throughout the event, a series of engaging workshops and discussions were held, focusing on various aspects like sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Peace, Children rights and Creativity. My session aimed to engage participants with problem-solving and decision-making skills, enabling them to solve environmental issues effectively.

Inspiring Presentations: Children and speakers delivered inspiring presentations, sharing their knowledge and experiences in the field of sustainability. Their insights served as a catalyst for the young attendees, igniting their passion and motivating them to make a positive impact.

Interactive Activities: The forum also featured interactive activities designed to engage the participants. These activities encouraged collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, enabling the young attendees to explore innovative solutions to environmental challenges like: Morning circle, Open stage and clothing of the day.

Global Connections: One of the most remarkable aspects of the World Child Forum was the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds. The forum provided a platform for participants to exchange ideas, share experiences, and build lasting connections, fostering a global network of young sustainability advocates.

Commitment to the Future: As the forum came to a close, a strong sense of commitment to the future was palpable among the attendees. The young participants left Davos with a renewed determination to take action, armed with the knowledge and skills gained during the event.

During my visit to Osnabrück University in 22 and 23July 2023, after the World Child Forum, I had the pleasure of exploring the university’s remarkable aquaponic system. It was truly fascinating to witness the diverse array of plants from aro

und the world, each with its own unique history, thriving in this innovative environment. The university has taken great care to create the ideal conditions for these plants by carefully controlling the weather parameters. Additionally, I had the opportunity to visit the campus faculty of agriculture, where I was introduced to the inspiring projects undertaken by the students. It was evident that sustainability and best practices were at the forefront of their work. The projects showcased a deep understanding of the importance of incorporating sustainable principles into agricultural practices. I’m also enjoyed the Osnabrück city and see the waste management place there and how they manage the wastes. As an interior designer, I find great inspiration in witnessing such dedication to sustainability and the integration of eco-friendly practices. It is crucial for us to draw inspiration from various fields and apply these principles to our own work. By incorporating sustainable materials and practices into interior design, we can create spaces that not only look beautiful but also contribute to a healthier and more environmentally conscious world.

During my visit to Germany in 24 and 25July 2023, I had the pleasure of exploring Hof Dannwisch, a truly remarkable place. As one of the pioneering farms in the north, Hof Dannwisch made the switch to biodynamic agriculture back in 1957, and their commitment to this sustainable practice has remained unwavering ever since. This farm is a testament to the belief that anyone who purchases products from Hof Dannwisch can be assured of receiving natural, delicious, and fresh food from our region.

Biodynamic Agriculture: Hof Dannwisch’s decision to embrace biodynamic agriculture sets them apart from conventional farms. Biodynamic farming goes beyond organic practices by incorporating a holistic approach that considers the interconnectedness of the land, plants, animals, and humans. This method prioritizes the use of natural fertilizers, crop rotation, and the avoidance of synthetic chemicals, resulting in healthier and more sustainable food production.

Natural and Delicious Food: At Hof Dannwisch, the focus is on providing consumers with food that is not only natural but also incredibly delicious. By adhering to biodynamic principles, the farm ensures that the produce is grown in harmony with nature, allowing the flavors to develop fully. From vibrant fruits and vegetables to wholesome dairy products, every item from Hof Dannwisch is a testament to their dedication to quality and taste. The farm features modern agricultural facilities, green houses, a diverse range of livestock including cows and chickens, as well as an abundance of fruits and vegetables. They also produce milk and cheese, and have a supermarket where they sell their products. Additionally, they offer a delivery service for their customers.