Valborg Fast Approaching

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There has been so much happening at SSHL ahead of Valborg and I wanted to bring you up-to-date.

“Skolkonferensen” was held on April 10 and was fruitful and inspiring. It’s an important forum for us to discuss with the students, staff, parents and alumni. I think a lot of good ideas and thoughts were shared. Full minutes from the meeting are available on the school portal.

We welcome Life-Link

Life-Link, the non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living, founded by SSHL alumni Dr Hans Levander, will be moving to SSHL from its previous base in Uppsala as it moves into a new phase of its development. Hans Levander has selflessly worked to promote sustainability across the world and amongst young people and we admire the work he, along with his team, have done hitherto.

SSHL will, in conjunction with the move, be hosting the Life-Link International Conference which takes place between August 4-10 later this year. Twenty-five schools from around the world will be attending. More information will follow.


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Planning the Life-Link Conference

Six students from grade 7 and 8, together with Christina Peters and Ian Gavin, spent an afternoon with the Life-Link team in Uppsala last Friday.

The aim of the visit was to give the students an opportunity to learn from experienced leaders who have organised many successful international conferences for young people.

SSHL is to host the international youth Life-link conference later this year, between August 4-8. Students have been asked to volunteer to help with the organisation of this event, and full support has been given by the Life-Link team. [Read more…]

Life-Link Founder Talks to SSHL

Following on from Friday’s podcast SSHL managed to talk to Hans Levander, one of the founders of Life-Link, a former SSHL pupil (Class of 1960) SSHL 1960, Senior Physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1985 as a member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

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Hans Levander

SSHL: What do you see as the central aim of Life-Link ?
Hans: The Life-Link program was developed to engage young people and educators around schools worldwide in positive and affirming local actions in relation to the theme of peace; as explained through the ethics of My Responsibility to Care for the Self, to Care for the Other, and to Care for the Environment.

SSHL: What’s the focus of the two local actions this year ? What are you hoping to achieve?
Hans: From a menu of around 50 proposed lessons or “Life-Link actions”, that any class can perform locally at and around the school, we will 2014 highlight two actions that focus on how I as an individual can make a contribution and small difference to our Planets “flora and fauna carrying capacity”:
A R-R-R action (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle), and a Water for Life action. Both actions can be integrated in the schools theoretical and practical curriculum. The Water action should preferably be performed in March 2014 connecting to the World Water Day 22 march.
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Åsa, Louise & Fredrika Talk About Life-Link

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In this week’s podcast Åsa Brengdahl, Louise Batistier and Fredrika Hallonsten tell us all about Life-Link at SSHL.

Life-Link is an independent non-governmental organisation which aims to promote contact and cooperation between young people around the world and their schools, through active participation in shared projects and with a special focus on sustainability (e.g. environment, human rights, conflict resolution and constructive collaboration). Life-Link, in particular, focuses on three main areas:

  • Care for Myself
  • Care for the Others
  • Care for Nature

Åsa, Louise and Fredrika talk about the work they are doing for “Care for Others.”

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