Work on education today to change the world of tomorrow

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The “laCaixa” Foundation is launching a new edition of the Challenge. With the aim of continuing to promote education, the subject intends to give this incentive to the youngest in order to guide and develop them. projects related to care for the environment and sustainability, the main challenges of his generation.

Challenge It is an opportunity to promote young talents, an educational proposal that motivates students and teachers to continue growing transversal and specific competencies based on four key premises known as the 4Cs: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.

It’s an initiative intended for teachers and students of 3rd and 4th ESO, as well as students and teachers of matriculation and primary and secondary training cycles, so that they are committed to the challenges of the future and involved in the change project that brings us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Educaixa argues that excellent training is the “key” to providing opportunities to people who can transform our society.

Among the 22 winning projects presented at The Challenge 2022, virtual currencies blood clots, performed by Colegio de Fomento El Prado (Madrid). An application where its users can receive notifications about blood needs that hospitals have and the nearest points where you can donate. Then, once this is done and registered on the app, the donor receives a certain amount of revenue or bloops that can later be exchanged for rewards and discounts at local businesses and partner restaurants.

Of the projects that were worked on from the program of EduCaixa young entrepreneurs, The proposal of the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Valencia) to use the water we lose while showering is also highlighted. Get a name CRAC (water reuse circuit to the cistern) and the purpose is one that includes its acronym: a system that reuses water from the shower to later take it to the toilet tank. “We are faced with a situation in which we cannot afford to waste water,” say its authors.

Laura, a student participating in the (Bio)logic project.

Meanwhile, from the program ‘Be critical’, created for the development of media competence and critical thinking, the (Bio)logic project was released, which is based on the answer to environmental problems which is likely to happen in the future. Therefore, faced with the accumulation of waste and the gradual increase in the price of electricity, the students of Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Rota) are committed to investing in biomethanization. “We think it’s a coherent idea because it would be economically and environmentally profitable,” they defend themselves.

Other students focused on funds that Spain allocates to mental health. “We are touched by all those people who once needed help and didn’t get it,” condemns the Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria Hermanos Argensola (Barbastro). The project is called 5 percent, that is exactly the percentage that the Government allocates for this area. For this reason, they propose initiatives to seek “sufficient resources” within their scope: “We especially require inclusion sufficient psychological help and free in schools.

“We are looking for the installation of sufficient and free psychological help in educational centers”

Finally, through the program ‘STEAMxChange’, a didactic program for the application of scientific methods in the classroom to challenges related to the SDGs, the OnEarth project was born. The plan to follow reduce the level of pollution, to make the whole Spanish society participate in recycling and respecting ecological standards, through a game designed by a student from Col·legi Padre Damián-Sagrados Corazones (Barcelona).

Starting with the fun, it shows what Earth could look like in the year 3018 if nothing is done. “The project aims to to promote the awareness and action of the population on the planet to help reduce pollution in a fun and playful way,” explains Alex Morera.

Student of the 'OnEarth' project Alex Morera, with parents Amalia and David.

Student of the ‘OnEarth’ project Alex Morera, with parents Amalia and David.

“At the “la Caixa” Foundation, we are aware that the generation we are educating today is the one that will build the world of tomorrow”, they assure. In fact, for this reason, they recognize that the Challenge is a “big bet” to achieve it. “The challenge is EduCaixa’s great commitment to contributing to social change and fostering educational transformation. A proposal that gives today’s young people the necessary tools to develop their ideas and participate in the fight for a better world”, they insist.

The new edition of this program allows this group “to lead their projects with the aim of social progress.” “It is an example of how education is a lever of progress,” they added. So, assuming that “Tomorrow’s world depends on today’s education” The “la Caixa” Foundation presents a campaign on education that aims to emphasize the role of education in society. “The Challenge wants to contribute to quality education based on challenges in which students and teachers develop meaningful learning, improve their skills and get closer to real contexts”, reports the entity.

“Tomorrow’s world depends on today’s education”

And it does so by highlighting the 4Cs as a key lever for change in the classroom. First, promote critical thinking because it encourages argumentation when drawing conclusions and solving problems. On the other hand, encourage creativity as a fundamental characteristic for facing these challenges, but integrating the concept of innovation. Also promote teamwork with cooperation between different educational actors in order to acquire the best talents of students and teachers. And finally, improve communication because the correct use of language enables more effective transfer of knowledge.

Starting from these 4Cs, one of EduCaix’s educational programs for working on the Sustainable Development Goals in the classroom, ‘Big Data’, focuses on development of digital competence. In this framework, students are taught from how data is transmitted to how it can help make decisions, identify patterns or define trends.

‘Communicate’, on the other hand, it is used for work communication skills with active and participatory methodologies focused on oral and written expression, dealing with five fundamental aspects: recitation, storytelling, argumentation, dramatization and presentation.

Finally, ‘exciting’ focuses on socio-emotional skills, placing special emphasis on the development of self-awareness, emotion management, social skills, and personal and community well-being.

The goal of the Challenge is turn young talents into shakers of the world that is, into people dedicated to the problems of our time and with the desire and necessary capacity to participate in the social changes that are needed.

From all the projects worked on during the course and presented at the invitation, the best 100 are selected to participate in the face-to-face campus in Barcelona. From here, The 20 best projects receive the final prize of a trip abroad. In the last edition, they visited Silicon Valley, one of the most important technological centers at the international level. However, students who participated in projects that came to The Challenge Campus have the opportunity to present their ideas to the NEXT incubator, a place where their proposals can be developed in the real world.

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