The Endesa Foundation has given the Educational Eco-innovation Awards jointly with the European Society and Education Foundation at Endesa's headquarters. The objective of these awards is to identify innovative attitudes, committed to the conservation of nature and the environment among the youngest.
The event has had a broad representation from the centres participating in this edition, with more than 120 invitees belonging to organisations from the educational and environmental sector, with the presence of members of the Panel and the foundations promoting this initiative, the General Director of the Endesa Foundation, Carlos Gómez-Múgica, the Communication Director of Endesa, Alberto Fernández Torres, the Projects Director of the Endesa Foundation, Begoña Muñoz de Verger, the Chairman of Society and Education, Miguel Ángel Sancho, and as a special invitee in this edition, with the Founder and Chairman of the sustainable fashion firm, Ecoalf, Javier Goyeneche.
The 7 award-winning projects of students from Secondary School, High School Graduates and Post-Secondary Vocational Training, belonging to educational centres of the communities of Navarra, Andalusia, Asturias, Madrid and the Canary Islands, have today submitted their proposals and analyses regarding an environmental problem detected in their surroundings. The event has assisted more than 100 students and a score of teachers that have held a symposium with the entrepreneur and businessman, Javier Goyeneche, regarding the importance of the individual responsibility of each citizen with regard to the environment and the footprint that we leave on it.
Through this initiative, Begoña Muñoz de Verger, Projects Director of the Endesa Foundation, has indicated that ‘these awards intend to showcase and disseminate good practices that teachers, students and the centres as a whole carry out in terms of environmental responsibility and commitment’.
In turn, Miguel Ángel Sancho, Chairman of Society and Education, a foundation that is a strategic member of the Endesa Foundation on this project, has congratulated the organisations from this new edition, the finalists and the winners, and has highlighted the commitment of both institutions to the promotion of an ecological culture which, driven by young people, ‘is consolidated once more in educational action, giving meaning to human beings’ relationships with nature, not only deepening their understanding, but helping to modify their attitudes and behaviours towards it’.
The awards designed to involve all educational cycles have 3 categories and 3 levels: level A for first cycle Secondary School students (1st and 2nd ESO), level B for second cycle Secondary School students (3rd and 4th ESO) and level C for High School Graduates and Post-Secondary Vocational Training students.
In the 1st category, ‘What is nature to you?’, award-winning projects have resulted that describe an environmental problem in depth demonstrating that nature is understood and appreciated. The winners have been: the Miravalles de Navarra School with its analysis on the problem of processionary caterpillar pest, the IES centre Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer with the preparation of a study on pasture land and its historic and ecological value, and finally, the Sagrado Corazón School, which has created an ‘Erasing Footprints’ awareness campaign to reduce the centre's ecological footprint.
In the 2nd category, ‘My Creative Solution to an Environmental Problem’, the centres that have presented a creative innovative solution to an ecological or environmental problem have been: the Fomento Peñamayor School with its awareness campaign and used mobile phone collection ‘Movilízate!’, the Humanitas Bilingual School Tres Cantos with the design of a brochure to reduce the environmental impact of a reservoir and the Luis Cobiella Cuevas centre with ‘Pass on Your Mobile Phone 2.0’ initiative, which provides a solution to the tremendous problem of mobile phones that we discard daily.
And in the 3rd category, ‘How Will You Improve Your Environment?’, the award has gone to bringing an end to the community project of the Ave María Casa Madre de Granada centre of reintroducing the Spanish Ringed Newt amphibian in the Darro River Valley in the Province of Granada. Thanks to the involvement of the 650 students of this centre, their families and neighbours, these young people have performed intense field work, which includes the creation of watering points, as well as workshops, work, projections, debates and visits to achieve the survival of this species. This project is part of a work pathway that will last 10 years.
Information on the award-winning projects: 2nd Edition Winners
Endowment for the Awards for Educational Eco-innovation
The Endesa Foundation award for each of the three categories consists of an award for each finalist, national coverage of their project and a financial endowment to continue developing the environmental initiative at each centre: in the 1st category for an amount of 2,000€ each, in the 2nd category for an amount of 2,000€ each and in the 3rd category for an amount of 4,000€; or else for its change and adaptation to responsible consumption of power and water through the Endesa Founding Entity for an equivalent amount.
About the Endesa Foundation
The Endesa Foundation, chaired by Borja Prado, demonstrates a clear commitment to social development through its educational projects, training for employment, environmental pledge and cultural initiatives.
It drives projects of an educational nature, through initiatives aimed at transforming and innovating education at all levels and fostering academic excellence in universities through scholarships, grants and academic chairs.
It develops employment training projects, focusing on the promotion of talent, aimed at people at risk of social exclusion, low-income young entrepreneurs and professionals over the age of 50.
It promotes environmental initiatives connected to education in ecological culture and promotion of energy efficiency. Additionally, another one of the commitments that the Endesa Foundation has is support for projects reducing the environmental impact of industrial zones.
Finally, the foundation continues driving the illumination of historical-artistic heritage properties and promoting, restoring and preserving art and culture.
More information at: http://www.fundacionendesa.org/
About the European Society and Education Foundation
The European Society and Education Foundation is a private and independent agency that promotes the public defence of education as a basis for the progress and development of democratic societies. Through its Institute of Educational and Social Studies, it carries out legal, political, educational, economic and sociological studies, opening spaces for reflection, analysis, training and consulting with both public, as well as private institutions and agencies. Through its cooperation with the Endesa Foundation, they seek to make our young people and education protagonists and players in a new, committed and responsible ecological culture.
More information at: http://www.sociedadyeducacion.org/