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COFER SAS4SD: Science Action in Schools for Sustainable Development

About the project

The COFER “Science Action in Schools for Sustainable Development (SAS4SD)” brings together expertise from PHLuzern, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, and BFH-HAFL Zollikofen, and in partnership with education institutions from the South, to collectively develop and implement teaching programs for science curricula that will, through interactive engagement, enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of scientific theory, data and applications, and at the same time raise awareness about sustainable development goals and ways to achieve these goals. The COFER’s main objective is to develop educational material that is based on on-site observed climatic data in Africa, creating a link between measurements and actions, i.e. scientific and practical questions related to climate change, natural hazards, deforestation, and sustainable agriculture. The four pillars of the SAS4SD are data collection, development of teaching materials, research activities, and community initiatives.

Project summary

Partner Institutions

Swiss Partners

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Institute of Environmental Engineering
Prof. Dr. Peter Molnar
Dr. Darcy Molnar

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Group of Sustainable Agroecosystems
Prof. Dr. Johan Six

University of Teacher Education Lucerne (PH Luzern)
MSc/MAS Brigitte Kürsteiner
Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brovelli
Prof. Dr. Armin Rempfler


University of Zurich (UZH), Department of Geography
Prof. Dr. Jan Seibert

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), School of Agricultural, Forest, and Food Sciences
Prof. Dr. Christoph Studer
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Blaser


South partners

Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Université de Yaoundé 1 (ENS), Cameroon
Marie-Thérèse Ambassa

Tbd, Cameroon

University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Prof. Peter K. Kwapong

University of Education Winneba, Ghana
Dr. Richard Kuffour

University of Ghana
Dr. Irene S. Egyir

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana
Dr. Evans Dawoe