Futurità: sustainable development at school

The second edition of Futurity, the sustainability education and digital citizenship project that involved over 130 high schools throughout Italy, has come to an end.

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.

Why Futurità

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.

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 first edition of Futurità - held in the school year 2020/21 - involved 73 classes, this second edition reached 130 classes in 42 schools, involving over 2350 students and 140 teachers.

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".
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The challenge

In the game, the children divided into groups identified themselves in the role of CEO and faced 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 have been asked to develop concrete solutions for data management or to improve the environmental impact of their business. Here the five proposed challenge:

  1. 1. Design a new, environmentally friendly data center
  2. 2. Design the office of your dreams
  3. 3. Create a campaign against fake news
  4. 4. Smart mobility: rethink the transport of your city
  5. 5. Create your corporate netiquette

The best projects - evaluated according to of feasibility, creativity, originality and impact criteria - were proclaimed winners during the final event held on May 26th.
These are the winning projects:

  1. 1. Design a low environmental impact data center by the Liceo Falcone e Borsellino di Arese, developed for challenge n ° 1
  2. 2. Stop fake news! by the Liceo Scientifico Statale Teresa Gullace of Rome, developed for the challenge n ° 3
  3. 3. Social Galateo by the Madonna della Neve Paritary School of Brescia, developed for challenge n ° 5
  4. 4. Masel by the Luca Paciolo Institute of Higher Education in Bracciano, developed for challenge no. 2
  5. 5. Back to Future, by the Norberto Bobbio Institute of Higher Education in Carignano, developed for challenge no. 4

The student authors of the 5 winning projects were able to experience the concrete development of a chatbot during a training cycle proposed by the experts of Google Cloud and Noovle, the cloud company of the TIM Group, which together with Intesa Sanpaolo and Google Cloud carry out the Opening Future, project, dedicated to development of digital skills.

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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