How would an innovative education project look like?

Education projects should reflect an innovative vision we could share for the future of education.

An education project can take place at school or outside, involving the community in a unique integrating process, creating values, fostering solidarity and individual and collective solidarity, in the classroom and in the surrounding community. If we can decide that these are our common objectives, then creativity, entrepreneurship spirit, critical thinking, young people participation and cooperation with committed adults become the main pillars of any education project.

Genuine children participation is especially important if we want to achieve community mobilization to preserve our planet and fight climate change, protect our rights and reduce inequalities, promote sustainable habits and reduce obesity and sedentarism, encourage new mobility modes and make our roads safer.

One of the most important role that can be taken by children is to investigate the quality of our environment and share their findings with the community. Inquiry is often more valuable than minor changes. Young people can speak louder than their parent when addressing in a critical way main issues of their community, using democratic principles to inform about the results of their work, for instance city hall representatives or other local stakeholders.

An education project is one of the most powerful tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals objectives, from the perspective of awareness raising as from the one of real action. An education project has to promote a new form of dialog and communication that enables all involved citizens, especially young people to get creative and constructive ownership of all key questions for our future.

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When designing an innovative education project, we should consider four key aspects:

1. No education content will ever substitute children capacity to act upon their environment

2. Enable students to undertake some type of concrete action to change their surrounding community

3. Acknowledge children and young people capacity to lead a strategy of change in their community and society as a whole

4. Design and support innovative education strategies to allow that students, teachers and families develop a cooperative learning procédures in which each has a unique role.

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