Life-Link & UNESCO ASPnet  Pilot Project 2007/08: Workshop


Life-Link Friendship Schools

Al-Hussein bin Talal University Jordan

German - Jordanian University

Education for Sustainable Development


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


"Evaluation Workshop: Life-Link & UNESCO ASPnet  Pilot Project 

Culture of Care & Water for Life 2007-2008"


3rd – 6th June 2008 Petra, Jordan


Bianca und Thanushan


Participants of Germany                 



Monika Kleineberg, ASPnet School Coordinator of Hainberg Gymnasium/Göttingen

Thanushan Thurairajah, student of Hainberg-Gymnasium/Göttingen   

Bianca Sauermann, student of Hainberg-Gymnasium/Göttingen



College Of Archaeology, Tourism And Hotel Management (AHU):

Conference 2008 on Water for Life


Power Point Presentation of Petra



Program and Photos



Arrival; Conference venue:


Tuesday 03/06/2008

Scientific and Cultural Program -

Coming together


12.00 -

01.00 pm


01.00 -

01.30 pm

Start of the conference

- Life-Link, Dr. H. Levander 

- Student's representative

- Teacher's representative

- UNESCO, Robert Parua

- Bin Talal Univ., Prof. H. Hayajneh

- Petra representative, S. Farajat

01.30 -

03.00 pm

Listen and see our results and what we have done - I.

Schools' delegations reports on Culture of Care and Water for Life actions.

03.00 -

04.00 pm


04.30 –

05.00 pm

The Oldest Water Management System developed by Man.

(Prof. Ziad Saad, Vice President of the German Jordanian University)

The Nabataeans greatest accomplishment was probably their system of water management. They developed a system to collect rainwater using water channels, pipes, and underground cisterns. Added to this, they developed very strong, waterproof cement, some of which is still in existence to this day. [more]

05.00 - 05.30 pm

The Ritual Significance of Water in the Ancient Near Eastern Culture.

(Prof. Hani Hayajeneh, Dean of the Archeology, Tourism and Hotel Management Faculty, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University)


Ortloff, Ch. R., The Water Supply and Distribution System of the Nabataean City of Petra (Jordan), 300 BC - AD 300. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 15:1, 2005, 93-109. (pdf)

Petra: History, Myth, and Earthquakes (pdf)


05.30 - 06.00 pm

Water Care and Handling at Ancient Petra.

(Dr. Mansur Shkeirat, Archeology, Tourism and Hotel Management Faculty, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University)

Throughout the city of Petra are hundreds of underground water cisterns. Every possible drop of rainwater, as well as the water piped into the city was stored and used later. [more]

07.00 - 09.00 pm

Cultural evening, UNESCO & Life-Link & Schools delegates. Coming together

Wednesday 04/06/2008



09.00 –

09.15 am

Good Morning welcome by UNESCO Director, Dr. Anjum Haque

09.45 –

10.30 am

What we have achieved I

Review and assessment results on the Culture of Care and Water for Life performed actions (Dr. Göran Save, Executive Director, Life-Link)

10.00 -

10.45 am

Education for Sustainable Development: Addressing regional sustainable development challenges. By ESD Section, H.Q., Paris

10.45 –

12.00 am

Break + Poster Session



12.30 am

Opening Ceremony

12.30 –

02.00 pm

Photo & Lunch


02.45 pm

Global Perspectives and Mobilizing Resources; The role of ASPnet. By ASPnet section, UNESCO H.Q., Paris

02.45 - 03.30 pm

What we have achieved II

Poster Session with rotating presentations


03.30 –

04.30 pm

Listen and see our results and what we have done! - II

Schools' delegation reports on Culture of Care and Water for Life action

04.30 -

07.00 pm


07.00 - 09.00 pm

Peace Education Core Curriculum   Conflict Resolution & Constructive Collaboration. Basic theory.  (Ms Christina McMahon,  Australia)        

Rehabilitation - working for something better. Strategy and risks.  (Mr Hans Levander, Spec Internal Medicine, Sweden)

Our society needs young skilled people to build a better future for all of us and when teachers become more effective communicators and conflict resolvers we are also setting the foundation to train our youth and therefore our future society. Christina is the Director of Conflict Resolution Schools Development and has worked as an independent consultant from 1988-2007. She has a close association with the Conflict Resolution Network and was director of the education consultancy for many years.

A Life-Link committee at a school wants to set up a project. How will this work? In this section [Life-Link-Project Management] some ideas are presented on how the committee might work in order to receive quality results. Let us follow the committee step by step.

09.00 pm

Evening meal


Thursday 05/06/2008 


9.30 -

10.15 am


Some illustrative reports from UNESCO ASPnet coordinators. (Introduction by M. Tazi, ASPnet National Coordinator, Marocco)


ASPnet National Co-ordinators in Arab States

10.15 -

11.00 am


Some illustrative reports from schools performed Care Actions; Culture of Care and Water for Life.


11.00 -

11.30 am


11.30 -

01.00 pm


Looking ahead - I

Perspectives of Life-Link&UNESCO ASPnet collaboration; Discussion in smaller groups & Reporting

01.00 -

01.30 pm


Looking ahead - II

Water for Life - at schools;

A Stockholm International Water Institute Perspektive. Ms. Elin Weyler, Manager, Stockholm Junior Water Prize & Baltic Sea Project Perspektive. Mr. JonasOskarsson,  Coordinator of Sweden

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that seeks sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI manages projects, synthesises research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues.

Baltic Sea Project (BSP) - first regional Project within UNESCO ASPnet to combine environmental education on a specific environmental issue, the Baltic Sea and intercultural learning.

The purpose of the Baltic Sea Project is to awaken young people's interest in environmental issues and environmental protection, to develop their sense of responsibility for the environment. Schools from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden take part in the project.

01.30 -

02.00 pm



02.00 -

02.30 pm

Looking ahead - III

UNESCO ASPnet MENA perspectives 2008-2015, UNESCO representative

UNESCO's core mandate is to bring education to all the world's people, based on the principle that education is a universal human right. UNESCO’s programme for Education in 2008-2009 gives top priority to accelerating progress towards Education for All by 2015.

02.30 -

03.30 pm


03.30 -

04.00 pm

Looking ahead - IV

From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Care. Ms. Marcela Masó, Educator and Executive for the forthcoming Life-Link international conference Rosario, Argentina August2008

04.00 -

05.00 pm

Looking ahead - V

Culture of Care. Youth and Life Link perspectives (Youth representatives, Moderator Dr. Hans Levender)



07.30 -

11.00 pm

Cultural and Multicultural evening - II

Closing ceremony and distribution of certificates


Statement at the concluding conference in Petra [pdf]

Friday 06/06/2008 



07.00 -

01.00 pm


Field visit to Petra [UNESCO World Heritage]

(Dr. Saad Tweisi, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University)

The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race have nothing in common with modern civilization, and ask nothing of it except to be appreciated at their true value... [more]

Saturday 07/06/2008


Photos: Monika Kleineberg