The Naturgy Foundation is currently holding educational workshops under its new Efigy Education programme and will continue to do so in various educational centres in the cities of A Coruña, Ferrol and Santiago de Compostela. This innovative initiative provides schools with the most up-to-date knowledge on the energy transition and new energy technologies, such as renewable gas and its role in the circular economy.
In A Coruña, the foundation’s trainers will run 15 workshops in which more than 300 nursery and primary school students will take part; in Santiago, they will run 11 for more than 200 primary and secondary school students; and finally, in Ferrol, they will do more workshops for another 200 or more primary and secondary school students. The participating schools include CEIP Sagrada Familia in A Coruña, plus the Colegio San José de Cluny, Colegio Manuel Peleteiro, Colexio San Jorge and CEIP Pio XII in Santiago de Compostela, among others.
After the workshop with her students, Patricia Santos, 2nd year primary school tutor at CEIP Sagrada Familia in A Coruña, said that “Efigy Education is an interesting, motivating, recreational activity, which is well suited to the student’s ages.” “My students have been able to mix up their daily routine and work as a team. As a teacher, it has allowed me to have access to new materials that we can continue to use in the classroom,” she added.
In addition to A Coruña, Santiago and Ferrol, Efigy Education will also visit Narón, Oleiros, Cerceda, Ordes, Pontevedra, Vigo, Vilagarcia de Arousa, Ourense and Lugo. In all some 2,800 young Galicians will participate in the hundred or so activities planned in the region’s schools.
The travelling programme aims to educate 20,000 school students this year in over 100 towns and cities across Spain.
Efigy Education completes the education offer that the Naturgy Foundation initiated in 2012. This new initiative, which combines all the foundation’s educational resources, will make it easier for new generations to understand the key aspects of energy, so they can contribute to the future sustainability of the planet.
The managing director of the Naturgy Foundation, María Eugenia Coronado, said “it is the foundation's duty to inspire the youngest generations to ensure they are aware of the complex challenge we are facing regarding energy.” “As a society we will require all kinds of talent to accelerate the transition towards a new energy system that is more reliable, technological and environmentally friendly, and with Efigy Education we want to contribute to that,” she added.
Free educational activities that run throughout the school year
The training programme, is free and will run throughout the school year. Efigy Education will provide energy content for the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) adapted to all levels of the school curriculum. It also aims to promote technological professions from an early age.
“With this new project we want teachers and students to have access to the latest technical information on energy, and that’s why we will be providing additional educational materials so they can work independently in class. These materials include our Energykits, online applications, the Service Learning programme and the Efigy Technology Competition,” said the Naturgy Foundation’s head of education and dissemination, Eva Buch. “We also offer teachers support from the company’s professionals, so they can update their knowledge of energy, the environment and energy efficiency.”
This initiative will breathe a new lease of life into the Naturgy Foundation’s educational activity, which, through a range of activities since 2012, has received recognition and collaboration from leading institutions in the education and research sector, such as the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Education and Research Council of the Regional Government of Madrid and the Barcelona Education Consortium, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Madri+D Foundation, among others.