Finalized the second edition of the exchange project between schools of Catalonia and Bolivia

Tiana, July 10, 2019

This 2018-2019 course took place the second edition of the project of virtual exchange of experiences on waste between schools of Catalonia and Bolivia.

A total of 80 elementary school students from two schools in the municipalities of the La Plana Commonwealth, the Mossèn Cinto de Folgueroles school (third grade of primary school) and the El Roure Gros school in Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer (middle and high school of primary). Two schools from the Department of Cochabamba have participated in Bolivia: the José Melchor Cuadros Educational Unit in the municipality of Vinto and the Divino Niño Educational Unit in the municipality of Tiquipaya.

The main objective of the project has been to establish an exchange of experiences through videos between school children from both countries, which has made it possible to discover a different reality to their own, both at a cultural level and in terms of prevention and waste management. It has also served to raise awareness that the prevention and management of waste is a global problem that must be watched by all countries, and to reflect on the actions and commitments to be taken at the individual and collective level to improve the health of the planet.

The exchange took place between March and June 2019 and has consisted of a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational proposal that has worked on content from the areas of Spanish language, knowledgeing of natural environment, social and cultural environment, education in social, civic values and competences such as digital and linguistic communication. The work has been structured in three content thematic blocks and a video has resulted from each block:

1- Who we are? Students introduce themselves and explain their country, town and school, deepening in aspects such as geography, culture, language, heritage, etc.

2- What do we do? Students explain actions that are carried out in the municipality and school to improve the management and prevention of waste. Aspects such as system of selective collection of waste door-to-door, collection in classrooms and yard, actions to promote prevention and reuse, etc.

3- We commit ourselves! Students reflect on environmental problems represented by the generation of waste on a local and global scale and decide what individual and collective commitments actions want to carry out in order to improve the planet’s health. By the way reflect on what they liked most about participating in this project and what they have learned from their classmates. Schools here and there have sent videos and letters with their reflections, commitments and ideas of everything they have learned and want to improve.

Catalan students have been able to get an idea of what Bolivia is like and how waste management is done in that South American country, and have also realized that despite some differences, in a country as far as Bolivia is It also looks after recycling and environment. In addition, they have been positively surprised by the large number of actions they carry out to improve management and prevention of waste, such as making family composting or having guardians who ensure the cleanliness of the school. They have realized that they share similar concerns to improve the health of the planet.

Experience has been valued very positively by all the participants, for having been a unique and very enriching learning opportunity.

This school exchange project is one of the actions carried out within the framework of the project Consolidation and Expansion of Selective Collection, Composting and Recycling in Bolivia, led by the Association of Catalan Municipalities for selective collection door to door with the support of the Diputación de Barcelona, and the collaboration of the La Plana Commonwealth and the Waste Agency of Catalonia. This initiative is based on the previous collaboration that the ARC and Catalan Cooperation Agency have since 2007 with the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bolivia, through a Cooperation Program in the field of waste management.

The first edition of the school exchange project took place in spring of 2018 and it was a very well valued pilot experience in which the El Gurri de Taradell school participated.

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