Futurità: sustainable development at school
The second edition of Futurità is underway, the sustainability education and digital citizenship project that will involve over 200 high schools throughout Italy.
Futurità is Intesa Sanpaolo's civic and digital education project created in collaboration with WeSchool, the start-up that offers new digital teaching methods to the world of schools.
UN Agenda 2030 aims to, among others, the development objective of Education for Sustainability which not only concerns the conservation of the environment and natural resources, but also the construction of environments, cities, ways of living that are inclusive and respectful of people's fundamental rights. In this context, we want to support schools by stimulating participatory experiences in which students can become promoters of actions of renewal and interconnection between the environment, economy and social relations.
Together with the partners, we have therefore built an educational path that offers teachers and students the opportunity to approach the idea of "futurità", as the ability to foresee a context of imminent accomplishment and to guide choices, accordingly. Therefore, students and teachers will be able to imagine, plan and implement multidisciplinary activities related to sustainability and inclusiveness in perspective terms.
Futurità has two goal, the first is to facilitate the development of the culture of sustainability, bringing new economic models supported by individuals and companies close to the interests and daily life of the younger generations into the world of young people and schools; the second is to propose learning tools to help third and fourth grade students understand the mechanisms underlying sustainable economic development strategies.
The first edition of Futurità - held in the school year 2020/21 - involved 73 classes, this second edition has the ambition to reach a target of 200 classes.
The didactic structure
The contents of the course - consistent with the teaching of Civic Education - are offered with different formats through the digital platform. The different themes - discussed in a simple way, with direct languages and practical cases - are developed in four modules.
The first module - dedicated to the themes of the 2030 Agenda and the data economy - offers reflections on the impact of our economy, talking about sharing mobility, the movement of zero wasters and zero impact data centers.
The second module focuses on the importance of digital citizenship and addresses issues related to data security and the conscious use of social networks and search engines.
The third module explores the professions of tomorrow in the field of sustainability through video interviews with professionals such as the Environmental Risk Manager or the Digital Transformation Manager, who explain how sustainability has concrete implications for the organization of companies.
The last module proposes a challenge in which students will be engaged in the role play "A week as CEO".
In the game, the children divided into groups will identify themselves in the role of CEO and will face the development of a project to improve the sustainability quotient of their business by imagining strategies and actions to face the challenges of the future. In this framework, the students will be asked to develop concrete solutions for data management or to improve the environmental impact of their business.
The classes that have created the best projects will be rewarded with a training cycle that will explore the world of new jobs even more closely, for example by allowing students to participate in the development of a chatbot.
The value of the project
Futurità is a project that offers benefits to all the actors involved. It offers students the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of their study path also from an orientation point of view. It offers teachers support in teaching civic education, covering 20 of the 33 hours provided for the subject, which became compulsory starting from the last school year. It allows schools to fill part of the minimum number of hours set for PCTOs (former school-work alternation thanks to the issues addressed and the educational activities proposed.
It allows the Bank to contribute to the culture of sustainability by offering young people new paradigms that stimulate cultural transformation and promote the values of citizenship and responsibility. In addition, it enables us to work closely with students who represent a continuing source of learning and a starting point for imagining the future.
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Last updated 9 December 2021
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