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Schools Reinventing Netherlands starts in Almere

Almere 6 March 2024 – Almere is encouraging its young people to be actively involved in shaping the city’s future for the yet-to-be-resurrected Hortus district. Young people have an important role in visualising what the ideal living environment for Hortus could look like. In collaboration with partners including Microsoft, Minecraft Education and global network C40, the Green Innovation Hub is challenging young people to get started with Minecraft to make Almere more sustainable and liveable.

Schools Reinventing Netherlands, is an innovative initiative that is part of the wider national programme Schools Reinventing Cities. Active in seven Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Almere, this programme offers students and young people the opportunity to come up with creative climate solutions within the virtual world of Minecraft Education.

Young people in Almere, your move is now!

Now is the time for young people in Almere to take action! The impact of the climate crisis is becoming increasingly clear. There is an active search for ways to increase sustainability and improve liveability, with a special focus on the emerging Hortus district.

Young people are challenged to come up with and realise solutions for this yet-to-be-developed district, thus developing and innovating Almere into a green, sustainable and attractive place to live, work and study.

Almere has ambitious plans for the Hortus district. Construction will seek the most innovative applications with attention to nature conservation and the challenges of a changing climate. By using smart technologies, the aim is to achieve sustainable living, transport, clean energy, sufficient food and a sense of welcome and belonging for all residents.

A call to young people, schools and teachers!

Young people in Almere, the ball is in your court! Via the button below, students and young people can register and get started in Minecraft Education.

The standouts from each education level will have a chance to share their creations and videos on a bigger platform during the national finals. Moreover, an exclusive tour of the Hortus district, including a meeting and pitch session with Green Innovation Hub’s project director and a special guest, awaits the best entry per education level. Don’t let this unique opportunity pass you by!

Schools and teachers interested in challenging their students can find more information via the button below or contact

Take part!