UBUNTU: how to integrate a Design for Change project in the curriculum
With this project, our school commits to innovative methodologies, Design for Change, and Service-learning, which allow students to become protagonists of their own learning while growing into social changemakers. After carrying out the Feel step, the students concluded that the focus of action would be to make their life more sustainable and, as of that, the project was structured by both students and teachers’ cooperative work.
The objectives of this project were designed under the framework of reference of the Sustainable Development Goals, and these will be stated taking into account the different interventions carried out in the DO step.
Delve into climate emergency and sustainability.
Share the students’ study and research
Propose actions to be more sustainable.
Carry out cooperative work and build alliances in our reality.
This project attempts to give an answer to the following Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG 12. Responsible consumption and production: ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns.
SDG 13. Climate action: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Specific training on sustainability and climate emergency
The blog, created by a group of students from the communication team of the project, contains the following reflections:
Articles about world pollution: https://ubuntudfc.blogspot.com/search/label/La%20contaminaci%C3%B3n%20del%20mundo
Coltan and life’s fragility: https://ubuntudfc.blogspot.com/search/label/El%20colt%C3%A1n%20y%20la%20fragilidad%20de%20la%20vida
The water footprint:
Stop and think:
Salamanca Green city:
Nature and wellbeing:
Part of the training was also external and online. We participated in the D. Game/Young Innovators workshop where students made an in-depth study of the concept of sustainability and the way to make it possible in our daily life according to SDG 11. Sustainable cities and communities: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
It was very rewarding to participate at the National Debate League 1Planet4All with students from all around Europe with the common aim of seeking solutions to the climate emergency. (SDG 13. Climate action: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.)
Participation at the Debate League 1Planet4All
D.Game/Young Innovators Workshop I
D.Game/Young Innovators Workshop II
In the English course students calculated our own water footprint.
Students were organized into teams of work and they decorated the school corridor with reused and recycled materials so as to express the concept of sustainability in a creative way.
In the Technology course, two actions were carried out. First we designed ecological fabric bags made with old T-shirts.
Second, we did research on vertical gardens and made different models for our classrooms following the 3Rs.
These actions also involved using the Service-Learning methodology due to the contents of the course.
In the Music course the song “Depende de ti” (“It ‘s up to you”) was created.
In the Nutrition Unit of Biology and Geology, we designed healthy and sustainable diets (Service-Learning methodology).
In PE the teacher gave a yoga session and an open air meditation (service-learning methodology)
In Chemistry and Physics a study of renewable energies was developed
In the Music course the song “Depende de ti” (“It ‘s up to you”) was created
We announced the first Ubuntu Photography Competition called “Verde que te quiero verde” (Oh Green, how I love you).
Together with all the students from bacclaureate and High school, we celebrated a number of international days so as to build awareness of climate emergency, of the impact of our consumption and production system on Earth, and of inequality among countries.
The Global Day of Climate Action: #NoMoreEmptyPromises M19 demands governments to get united and involved in the search for a solution to climate emergency. SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
International Earth Day. SDG 13. Climate Action: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Africa Day. SDG 10. Reduce inequalities: reduce inequalities within and among countries.
Building of UBUNTU Design for Change blog
Creation of UBUNTU DFC Youtube Channel
Opening of Instagram and Twitter accounts to give sustainability and nature an important role on social media
Encounter with Fridays for Future Salamanca
Proposal to the school Management Staff about creating a Sustainability Team.
Reception at the City Hall
Search for support and people who could contribute to our sustainability challenge.
Project presentation to our families
Presentation to the families:
Celebration of the project and personal commitment to continue taking care of the Earth.
Assessment and conclusions
Things to improve
"This project allowed me to become a better person. Learning about sustainability in depth has had an impact on me, and I have learnt to discuss and interchange ideas with my classmates."
Take this experience to your classroom!
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