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We had decided spontaneously to participate in an UNESCO contest with the aim to develop ideas for a global education on sustainability. Since one of our main worries is the global inequality of men and women, we developed ideas on what impact make-up has in this discussion and came up with sustainable alternatives based on local ingredients. We were chosen to present and promote our idea at the Deutsch-Afrikanische Jugendakademie in Senegal.

There we participated in many workshops regarding Sustainability, Global Warming and Gender Equality. The workshops were also partly connected to the arts including film, music and theatre. The aim was to find common ground between two very different cultures and opinions with dedicated Senegalese students and German students.

We spent our time in Kaolack, which is the second largest city in Senegal after the capital Dakar. There we met students from the most populated school in the area, which has about 4600 students and one class can include as many as 80. On the first day we were allowed to walk through the city and our initial feelings were how shocking it was to see such poverty and lack of infrastructure. There were lots of stray animals, mostly goats, roaming around freely. The people showed high amounts of hospitality and compassion incomparable to here. During the workshops we had a few disagreements due to varying opinions and beliefs between the African and Germans. Discussions, professional input and productive project work made our stay an unforgettable experience and we learnt a lot that we could not have learnt in school.

Lilka Palokangas Prohm and Jasmine Brown (both from 10a)

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