SCNU students participated in the 2021 Sino-German Youth On line Exchange on Sustainable Development, which was held on line for four days on November 27 and 28 and December 11 and 12.

Co-organized by the Youth Hostel Association in China (YHA China) and the Deutsche Jugendherbergewerk (DJH) in Germany, the exchange activity was divided into two phases, including free talk time for phase one and presenting Chinese and German specialties for phase two. Four students from the School of Tourism Management of SCNU joined the activity. They, together with four Chinese youths from other universities and ten German youths, had the opportunity to expand their understanding of Chinese and German culture, as well as exchange views on sustainable development of the two countries.

At the beginning of the activity, Mr. Gunnar, from Germany, head of this activity, warmly welcomed every participant. Both sides enhanced mutual understanding by marking their hometowns on the map of China and Germany. Fabian Gacon, the United Nations German Youth Representative, delivered a speech on the United Nations sustainable development goals. Free talk of topics like "quality education", "poverty eradication", "hunger reduction", were touched upon among participants. At the end of the day, they watched the film An Inconvenient Truth together.


Germany and Chinese youths mark their hometowns on maps.


Fabian Gacon delivers a speech on sustainable development goals.

When the experts shared their opinions on the second day, Emilia Prodea, head of the Sustainable Development Department of the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF), introduced the practice and cases of IYHF in sustainable development. Liu Zhaoxiang, former Secretary-General of IYHF, Honorary President of YHA China and founder of Kunming Heart 2 Heart Youth Hostel, also introduced the case of natural education and cultural protection in the Tuanjie Village in Dali, Yunnan Province.

After hearing the speeches of the experts, participants said they not only understood the work content and social responsibility of IYHF, but also had a new understanding of their own practice in sustainable development in the future.

In the second phase of the event, there was a section named Sino-German cultural kitchen. "We've already mixed the stuffing. What to do next?" German friends held the Chinese dumpling wrapper in bewilderment. Under the guidance of Chinese youths, they began a new attempt to make scrambled eggs with tomatoes, Chinese sauerkraut and pork dumplings and sesame dumplings in rice wine soup. Dumplings, potato pancakes and apple mousse in German cooking also surprised Chinese youths who were the first time to cook and taste German food. Participants not only spread their culture, but also learned to give more appreciation, comprehension and tolerance in cultural differences.

"This on-line communication is also a new attempt for our organizers," said Ni Hao, Chinese head of this activity, who believed that although the epidemic had hindered real-world exchange between the youths from the two countries, it couldn't stop their enthusiasm through the on-line exchange.

YHA China and DJH carried out the Sino-German Youth Exchange on Sustainable Development, aiming to deepen the understanding of the culture between China and Germany and to fulfill the UN's goals of sustainable development. With recognition and support from the governments from both sides, this activity was held in 2015, 2016 and 2018 on locations in China and Germany.

Source from SCNU News Center

Translated by Qiu Lezi, Yuan Yongshi, Zou Shan

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru

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