Cooperation Agreement:

between HG and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey

Under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission the ASPnet School Hainberg-Gymnasium Göttingen and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey hereby enter into the following cooperation agreement within the frame of the Hessian Administration of Public Castles and Gardens:

1. Purpose

Both parties agree to join their efforts to mutually support one another in mediating the importance of the UNESCO World Heritage concept using as a model the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey.

This partnership is in principle open to further developments, i.e. it may be extended or added to at any time in the future, subject to mutual agreement.

All agreements between the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey and Hainberg-Gymnasium are to include all exchange schools in Germany and abroad which Hainberg-Gymnasium is associated with.

2. Cooperation Arrangements

All common activities are subject to the jurisdiction of Lower Saxony, Germany (Niedersächsisches Schulgesetz).

There is unanimous agreement between the parties that the present as well as future agreements are intended to facilitate further development of the cooperation. Both parties will therefore discuss their experience and accordingly modify, improve and extend the various aspects of the agreement at the end of each school year.

Both parties will allocate the coordination of all tasks between themselves in equal shares.

Details regarding the activities and their extent as planned within this framework are given under paragraph 3. Further details and additional activities that may arise from the organisation of these activities are subject to negotiation between the parties.

3. Activities

The cooperation is centered both on lesson-based projects and on extracurricular activities where students are concerned, and on teacher seminars and teacher training courses where the staff of Hainberg-Gymnasium are concerned.

  • internships: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey hereby commits itself to supervise not more than two Year 10 students per year as part of their industrial placements. At Lorsch, Hainberg students will be given the opportunity to gain insights into managerial processes, structures of professional training and professional profiles of people working in a modern cultural service company. The agreed activities will be linked to their lessons and will constitute part of the professional orientation schemes at Hainberg-Gymnasium level . The students will write a report on their respective activities, which will then be made available to the World Heritage Site.
  • international projects: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey agrees to actively support the international exchange programme of Hainberg-Gymnasium. This mainly applies to the active establishing of contacts arising from the Abbey’s continuously expanding international network.
  • lesson-based projects: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey agrees to conduct projects of several days’ duration for whole classes on topics such as “World Heritage“,“Monasticism in the Middle Ages“ or“Latin” within the framework of a class-trip or course excursion.
  • Hainberg-Gymnasium agrees to provide support for the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the organisation of its annual World Heritage Day (always on the first Sunday of June) by contributing to joint exhibitions, events and projects and by providing staff.
  • Hainberg-Gymnasium and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey agree jointly to deal with public relations as part of their combined projects.
  • The parties agree on a mutual linking of their homepages.
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey agrees to participate in teacher seminars and teacher training courses and to develop and conduct modules in cooperation with Hainberg which are specifically designed for the needs of World Heritage education.

4. Issues of Organisation

The head teacher of Hainberg-Gymnasium together with the UNESCO coordinator of the school and the managing director of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey will act as contact people for all questions relating to the cooperation.

Changes or additions to this agreement are required to be made in writing.

5. Legal Issues

Students of Hainberg-Gymnasium who participate in industrial placements or events within the cooperation are insured under § 539 section 1.14b of the German Statutory Order (RVO) against accidents at work and are protected by Hainberg-Gymnasium against third party liability. The school will also provide appropriate insurance for trips from Göttingen to Lorsch and back.

Students of HainbergGymnasium will be liable for any damage deliberately or recklessly brought about by themselves under § 828 section 2 of the German Civil Code (BGB).

Both parties are aware of the regulations of §1 section 1.4, §5 section 2.2, § 7 section 2.2 and §§ 9-46 of the German Employment Protection Law for Young People (JASchG) and will ensure that these are observed.

Signed in Hildesheim on the 28th day of June 2006

on behalf of Hainberg-Gymnasium: Wilfried Bergau-Braune (head teacher) and Monika Kleineberg (UNESCO coordinator)

on behalf of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lorsch Abbey by order of the Hessian Administration of Public Castles and Gardens: Hermann Schefers, PhD (Departmental Director) and Claudia Götz, MA (museum education officer)

by consent and support of the Secretary General of the German UNESCO Commission Roland Bernecker, PhD (Secretary General)

English translation by Dr. Gabriele Hille-Coates

Website: http://www.kloster-lorsch.de/