Futurità: sustainability, digital citizenship and new professions

The third edition of Futurità, the sustainability education and digital citizenship project created by Intesa Sanpaolo's with WeSchool, has concluded.

Futurità is the civic and digital educational project by Intesa Sanpaolo realized in collaboration with WeSchool, the start-up that offers new digital teaching methods to the world of schools.
Futurità wants to bring high school students closer to the world of sustainable economy and the new professions related to it. In this third edition, the project involved over 140 high schools and 2700 students from all over Italy..

Why Futurità

Futurità was designed to develop knowledge around the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and to give students consistent guidance in choosing the university studies or profession they want to undertake.
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.

The project

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 didactic structure

In addition to the UN 2030 Agenda and environmental sustainability, Futurità offers girls and boys topical issues such as data privacy on social media, smart mobility and new digital professions.
The blended teaching method includes activities to be carried out online and moments of confrontation in the classroom. The contents of the course are always available through the digital platform. The different themes - treated in a simple, interactive way and with direct and immediate languages ​​- are made available through video testimonials, information pills, learning and online gamefication paths, experiential activities in the classroom.
The educational path is 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, home automation, 5G, issues close to the world that children know and experience closely.
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. It deals with issues such as the protection of privacythe protection of one's digital identity on social networks and the identification of fake news.
The third module, developed with a view to university and professional orientation, 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 on organization of companies.
The last module is a challenge in which students engage in the role play "A week as CEO". In the game, the children divided into groups will have to 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. This is a moment in which the children put themselves to the test by eliminating the gap between theory and practice.
The project works carried out by the students at the end of the course are evaluated by a scientific commission on the basis of feasibility, creativity, originality and impact criteria that will reward the best with an educational opportunity.

The community for teachers

The new element of this year has been the creation of a digital gamified community dedicated to teachers, who have been able to acquire credits by sharing what has been done in the classroom and actively participating within the Futurità community.

The challenge

In this edition the challenge concerned various areas of challenge:

  1. - Design a new data center with low environmental impact
  2. - Design the office of your dreams
  3. - Create a campaign against fake news
  4. - Smart mobility: rethink your city's transport
  5. - Create your corporate netiquette

A total of 204 projects were produced. After careful evaluation based on criteria of feasibility, creativity, originality and impact, the projects were proclaimed winners:

  • - The Data Center of the future built by IIS Gregorio da Catino (RI)
  • - Upington Green Data Center built by the Liceo Statale MG Agnesi (LC)
  • - Office of the future created by the IIS G. Falcone (MN)
  • - How to recognize fake news made by the ISS Olga Fiorini Marco Pantani (VA)
  • - How to fight fake news by ITC Guglielmo Marconi (BG)

The students behind the 5 winning projects were able to participate in a two-day bootcamp dedicated to Financial Education organized by Intesa Sanpaolo.

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.
Places for this third edition are sold out. If you would like to participate in the next edition of Futurità, please fill out the form to receive more information.

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