Educational challenge at the EASO Polytechnic Institute (Donostia)

Between October 13 and 27, the second course of the Environmental Control and Education Cycle of the EASO Polytechnic Institute of Donostia has developed a challenge linked to the educational project called “Social transformation in Gipuzkoa through experiences of environmental management in the fight against poverty ”, financed by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. The challenge has consisted of 27 work sessions and a total of 162 hours, in which members of the NGOs Zabalketa and TAUfundazioa have actively collaborated in its dynamization and monitoring together with the teachers of the cycle.

In this challenge, the students, divided into 4 work groups (3 students for each group), have assumed the role of an environmental and social sustainability consultancy hired by companies that want to change their production model by implementing ethical and sustainability criteria. . For this, the students have made a diagnosis of the environmental and social impacts of the life cycle of four products: clothing, palm oil, mobile phone and quinoa, proposing alternatives in each phase of the chain. They have had to present a new operating model, with improvements and structural changes that allow reducing environmental impacts and guaranteeing Human Rights, including concepts such as eco-labeling, the circular economy, eco-design or the improvement of social aspects (labor rights , job security…)

We value that the methodology of work for challenges, adopted by vocational training centers, can incorporate, thanks to this type of projects, a global perspective with a focus on Gender, Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights. This type of challenge also allows us to learn other tools such as the elaboration of the Problem Tree and Objectives, which are used in the identification phase of Cooperation projects.

This educational challenge is part of a set of challenges that we have been promoting since 2019 in 7 professional and university education centers in Gipuzkoa (Easo Polytechnic, Tecnun and UPV School of Engineering in Donostia, FP Bidasoa in Irun, FB Don Bosco de Tolosa and Mondragon University in Hernani and Mondragón), working annually with more than 200 students. The project is promoted by the Environmental Sustainability Network in the fight against Poverty, of which a total of 11 organizations are part: Zabalketa, ICLI, Mundukide, Unesco Etxea, Behar Bidasoa, Ethiopia-Utopia, Egoaizia, IPTK, ICO, CIPCA and TAUfundazioa)