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Scientists, artists and schools for sustainable fisheries, healthy oceans and the people of the Sea

The twinning of the European School Brussels I in Uccle and the College (CEM) in Kayar, a fishing village north of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, started out with a concern of massive environmental degradation of the sea and the coast. The question arose, how to share scientific insights on unsustainable fisheries, which ruin marine ecosystems and coastal people's livelihoods, with students in a way that transmits the challenges in a very realistic and engaging way. They should also feel encouraged to find their own expressions of reacting to the information.

The researchers from Europe and West Africa were already engaged in international cooperation supported by the European Research Framework Programme, but change towards sustainable production and consumption needs to engage citizens at large. As the Asian saying goes, we have borrowed the Earth from our children – so getting young people involved was a natural step. We also have different ways of knowing, loving and valuing things. Respect for nature and people grows best, when science meets the arts and rational thinking is in harmony with our emotions.

The twinning of the 6th secondary arts (4h) class in Uccle and the college in Kayar takes this as the starting point.

Coordinated by Mrs. Bettina Ghallale of the European School and supported by Dr. Aliou Sall in Senegal and Dr. Cornelia E. Nauen in Brussels, this exhibition under the auspices of European Research Commissioner, Dr. Janez Potočnik, shows the first results.

The search for such networking across traditional boundaries has also attracted the attention of other schools in Europe and Africa as well as scientists and artists. This fruitful experience will thus go on.

A powerpoint presentation summarised the key scientific findings at the basis of some of the art work. Click here.


The student newsletter 'Connection' carried two articles about the results: one on artistic creativity and intercultural dialogue (in French) and one on the exhibition itself (in English).

The International Cooperation Programme in Science in Technology of the European Commission reported about it.

A French press release is available here.

Watch the picture gallery of the exhibition below (all photos of the exhibition courtesy P. Bottoni).

Kari Kivinen, Director of the European School Brussels I, opens the exhibition Mary Minch, Director International Cooperation of the European Commission's Research Directorate General, addresses the audience Ms. Christmann, Secretary General of all European Schools, commends and encourages the students Bettina Ghallale, arts coordinator at the European School Brussels I explains the arts education projectEnjoying the opening of the exhibitionView of selected paintings and general background explanations in English and French View on paintings of College pupils in KayarImpressions of the exhibitionMore impressions of the exhibitionAnimation by Beatrice Nassi, European School Brussels I

Photos courtesy Paolo Bottoni.

Acryl painting by Bineta Gaye, 6.B CEM Kayar, Senegal 'Man between land and sea', acryl painting by Diatou Ndiaye, 6.B. CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl colours by Moussa Dione, 5. CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl painting by Ndeye N'Gomé Diop, 6B CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl painting by Pape Matar Mbaye, 5A CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl painting by Madické Kane, 6A CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl painting by Djiby, 6A CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl painting by Mouhamadou Cinaye, 6A CEM Kayar, Senegal Acryl painting by Babacar Bâ, 5. CEM Kayar, Senegal 'Kayar: Man between land and sea', acryl painting by Omar Diop, 5. CEM Kayar, Senegal'The consequences or marine pollution off Dakar', acryl painting by Kartouma Ndiaye, 5. CEM Kayar, Senegal

Photos courtesy Paolo Bottoni.

The art work was mostly done using recycled or cheap materials.

'Where did they all go? - 2050' - installation by Hristo Kouzmanov, European School Brussels I 'Timeline' - painting by Pauline Meeûs, European School Brussels I 'Reef before and after overfishing' - installation by Giulia Bottoni, European School Brussels I “The last shark”, by Christopher Bartels, European School Brussels I 'The sword of Damocles' - Installation by Julian Klausner, European School Brussels I 'Greed and gluttony are emptying the oceans' - ink painting by Alexander Haukrogh Jensen, European School Brussels I Installation by Irene Chamorro Guindel, European School Brussels I 'No title' 'North - South' - installation by Romy Thoumsaint, European School Brussels I 'Overfishing - A World Wide Problem' - Computer aided design by Beatrice Nassi, European School Brussels I 'No going back' - installation by Charlotte Meyer, European School Brussels I 'Acid Rain' - installation by Elena Atorrasagasti Garcia, European School Brussels I 'Time line' - installation by Filippo Matteo Fontana, European School Brussels I Installation by Flore Diamant, European School Brussels I 'Forbidden to fish' - colour drawing by Teodora Jevtič, European School Brussels I “You can chose what you want ...”-Installation by Paula Lizcano Perret, European School Brussels I Installation by Carolina Scarabotto, European School Brussels I Installation by Victoria Martha Hamilton, European School Brussels I Mirror installation by Anna Maria Sieradzka, European School Brussels I 'You ate my food' - acryl painting by Louisa Estelle Madders, European School Brussels I Acryl painting by Jessica Lambert, European School Brussels I OlallaSabaterSanz.jpg

Photos courtesy Paolo Bottoni.