Futurità: sustainable development at school

Futurità, the sustainability education and digital citizenship project has come to an end.
It involved over 1200 students from 73 classes mainly from the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia.

The UN 2030 Agenda intends among its objectives the development of Education for Sustainability. These objectives aim not only at the conservation of the environment and natural resources, but also at the construction of environments, cities, ways of life that are inclusive and respectful of people's fundamental rights. For this reason and to support the school, we thought it was necessary stimulating hands-on experiences in which students could become promoters and managers of renewal and interconnection actions among environment, economy and social relations. Along with the partners we have built a path that has offered teachers and students the opportunity to imagine, plan and implement multidisciplinary activities on highly sustainable and inclusive issues, including the interaction and collaboration of other subjects in the area, as well as expertise and concreteness typical of the business world.

The project

Futurità, in fact, was generated with a dual objective, the first was to facilitate the development of the culture of sustainability, bringing new economic models supported by individuals and companies close to interests and daily life into the world of young people and schools of the younger generations; the second took the form of learning tools to make third and fourth grade students understand the mechanisms underlying sustainable economic development strategies. Started by Ubi Banca, Futurità was created in partnership with Weschool, the start-up that offers new digital teaching methods to the world of schools. The contents of the course - consistent with the teaching of Civic Education - were proposed with different formats through a digital platform. The different themes – handled in a simple way, with direct languages and practical cases - were developed in three modules.

The first module was dedicated to the themes of the 2030 Agenda and the data economy, we discussed about the impact of sharing mobility, the movement of zero wasters, and also digital citizenship, the conscious use of technology and the use of personal data by social networks and search engines.

The second module explored the future of jobs in the field of sustainability through video interviews with professionals such as the Environmental Risk Manager or the Digital Transformation Manager, who explained how sustainability has concrete consequences for the organization of companies.

The third module was a real challenge in which the students tried their hand at the role play “A week as CEO”. In the game, the children divided into groups, identified with the role of CEO, faced the development of a concrete project designed to improve the sustainability quotient of their business.

The challenge and the final event of Futurità

The challenge indicated various areas of challenge: the design of a new data center or a new office, the creation of a magazine, and also the rethinking of transport or data security, the latter very current given the growing spread of smart working.                       
The many developed projects have the commitment and enthusiasm of the children as common traits, as well as the attention to both the detail and the context they belong to with the aim to enhance the prosperity of the territory.
The best projects - evaluated on the basis of feasibility, creativity, originality and impact criteria - were awarded during a final event held on May 27 with the participation of over 400 people including students, teachers and parents.

Selected projects

- Ecodataway - developed by the dall’Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore C. Beretta, Liceo Moretti of Brescia for the design of the data center

- ECOcasere
- developed by Liceo Scientifico Statale Nicolò Copernico of Brescia, for the design of the new office

- Culture Week - developed by Istituto Tecnico Economico Tecnologico De Viti De Marco of Bari for the creation of the cultural magazine

- Trasporto condiviso: ambiente col sorriso developed by Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore C. Beretta, Liceo Moretti of Brescia to rethink Smart Mobility

- Problemi di fiducia: SchoolBooK alla conquista! developed by dall’Istituto Tecnico Economico Tecnologico De Viti De Marco of Bari for the issue of the crisis of trust and data theftEcodataway – sviluppato dall’Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore C. Beretta, Liceo Moretti di Brescia per la progettazione del data center

Futurità provided students with the opportunity to think over the meaning of their study path also from an orientation point of view.
It has enabled us to contribute to the spread of the culture of sustainability by offering young people a new paradigm that stimulates cultural transformation and involves the values of citizenship and responsibility. In addition, it made us possible to work closely with students who represent a continuous source of learning and a starting point for imagining the future.

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