This month around 1,300 school children from Valencia are taking part in workshops on today’s energy challenges and new energy technologies, run by the Naturgy Foundation in schools in Valencia and Elche. This initiative is part of the new Efigy Education outreach programme that is expected to reach 12,000 students across Spain this year.
The schools participating in the programme this year are Colegio Bartolomé Cossio, Casa de los Obreros San Vicente Ferrer in Valencia, and IES Ramon Llull in Elche. Around 50 face-to-face workshops will be held with strict safety measures that comply with Covid regulations to ensure students’ safety.
After the sessions, the programme will continue throughout the school year with content on energy within the scope of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), adapted to all levels of the school curriculum. The aim is also to promote technology professions from a very young age.
The Naturgy Foundation makes current knowledge about new energy technologies such as renewable gas and its role in the circular economy, and the transition towards a more sustainable energy system, more accessible to the youngest generations.
“We aim to give teachers and students access to the most up-to-date technical information on energy and that’s why we also provide schools with additional teaching materials so they can work independently in the classroom. These include our Energykits, online apps, the Service-Learning programme and the Efigy Technology Competition,” explains Eva Buch, head of Education and Dissemination at the Naturgy Foundation. “We also offer the teachers support from the company’s professionals, so they can update their knowledge on the environment and energy efficiency,” she added.
Mireia Murguilario, a teacher at Ramon Llull, explained that “the activities taught by the Efigy Education programme complement the content that we work on with the children at school, expanding their knowledge and even enhancing the subjects that are taught. Covering issues related to the environment is highly positive because it is extremely relevant to society and we believe it is essential that children are aware of it.”