1 Dec 2014


To introduce students to the main subjects underpinning EXPO 2015 - “Nourish the Planet, Energy for Life”, which will be held in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015, the Fondazione per l’Educazione Finanziaria e al Risparmio, in collaboration with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation, has developed the “Risparmiamo il Pianeta” educational programme, which is being presented at the 6th Forum on Food and Nutrition. Secondary school students will have the opportunity to take part in educational workshops and the presentation of the international finalist projects in the BCFN Young Earth Solutions! (BCFN YES!) competition.

The Fondazione per l’Educazione Finanziaria e al Risparmio and the Barilla Center For Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation present the educational project “Risparmiamo il Pianeta” (Let’s Save the Planet), addressed to both primary and secondary school students, at the 6th Forum on Food and Nutrition organised by the BCFN (3-4 December, Bocconi University, Milan).
Devised and developed by the Fondazione per l’Educazione Finanziaria e al Risparmio in the framework of the collaboration protocol established with the Italian Education Ministry, “Risparmiamo il Pianeta” has been recognized by the Expo School Committee as a stimulus and support tool for schools that want to study the subjects covered by the Universal Exposition. The study path draws on detailed material about the sustainable economy, using an innovative and entertaining approach that involves students in the production of multimedia projects to share online.
“Risparmiamo il Pianeta”, which forms part of the broader framework of economic citizenship study programmes promoted by the Fondazione per l’Educazione Finanziaria e al Risparmio in Italian schools, looks in greater depth at the subject categories covered by EXPO 2015 and in particular: sustainable development; food and sustainability; businesses and sustainability; food and the economy in different countries; the production chain; microcredit and ethical finance. These themes are covered in four classroom modules which include information content and practical activities.

All the didactic materials in the “Risparmiamo il Pianeta” project can also be accessed using the online platform at www.risparmiamoilpianeta.it, after free registration with the website by teachers.
The learning path involves children actively in the didactic process by asking them to use the online platform to create multimedia projects. Students have to summarize the subject in 140 characters, produce original videos and photographs, write a 300-word essay and compose a song that describes the work they have done in class. They will then have to publish at least 3 items of curious or secret information they have discovered about the subject and ask their teachers for help to write a bibliography containing all the sources they have used in their project.
The final phase of the project involves students’ participation in a contest with different tasks to perform depending on their level: primary school students will be asked to make money boxes using recycled materials, lower secondary school students will be asked to write short stories and upper secondary school students will have to develop a business idea inspired by the green economy or a project to optimize the production and use of food.

The first appointment reserved for secondary schools is planned to take place on 3 December 2014, from 2pm to 3:30pm, at Bocconi University in Milan, during the 6th Forum on Food and Nutrition.
Schools will be able to attend three educational workshops on the three major challenges we face to make the global food system truly sustainable:

1. The promotion of healthy lifestyles to fight hunger and obesity: using the food pyramid for reference, students will have to estimate how much a 17-year old eats on an average day and how much they spend on each of the various types of more or less healthy food.
2. The promotion of sustainable agriculture: students will have to think about the questions to ask to understand the level of sustainability of a particular type of food before buying it.
3. The reduction of food wastage: students will have to imagine that they are the owners of a restaurant and identify sources of wastage and possible remedies to reduce it.
The work produced by the classes that take part in the workshops will be exhibited at the University on 4 December 2014 and for the entire duration of the BCFN Forum.
Those wishing to apply to attend the workshops are asked to send an email to scuola@feduf.it, indicating their school, the class, the number of students participating and the contact details of the teacher in charge.
If they are interested, classes can also attend the presentation of the 10 international finalists of the BCFN YES! competition in the University’s Aula Magna, from 4pm to 6:30pm. For more information on the event visit www.bcfnyes.com.
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