Our Group has built its strategy on the UN’s SDGs and is at the forefront when it comes to promoting a form of energy that is equally important – knowledge. We are doing this through education and training initiatives that concern primarily civil society, with a particular focus on the very young. The goal is to promote a culture of sustainability as a driver of economic development and the construction of sustainable societies. We also want to offer those youngsters preparing to enter the world of work a full and mature awareness of the skills required for today’s employment market. Finally, for those who are already employed in the electricity sector and elsewhere, we are working to raise awareness of the new scenarios and opportunities that the energy transition offers.
More specifically, our commitment is evident in joint projects with external partners, with various different goals. These include: raising awareness in communities about the issues outlined in the 2030 Agenda, pathways for startups capable of developing innovative solutions, professional training courses in the electricity sector, the prevention of bullying and cyberbullying, countering the phenomenon of students dropping out of school, and integrating educational activities with workshop experiences.
Our commitment to Up4Education is organized in line with the national RiGenerazione Scuola plan promoted by the Ministry of Education to facilitate an ecological and cultural transition for schools. The project aims to revitalize the school’s role in instilling values, teaching that development can only be sustainable if it meets the needs of present generations without compromising future ones.
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- Diamo forma a circoli virtuosi
We feed knowledge
This area includes educational initiatives for students and teachers: workshops, experiential and interactive activities both in schools and in other places that are symbolic of learning and knowledge, in open spaces and in digital environments. This group includes the Fenix and Mus-e projects created with the support of Enel Cuore, our Group’s charitable organization, alongside other initiatives. Find out the details below.
È viva la scuola Labs
Helpcode Italia is an organization that has been involved in projects to protect children since 1988. With our support, it has created an experimental project which consists of multi-disciplinary workshop pathways. These can be attended remotely, and are specifically designed for primary and middle schools. The initiative is organized into a range of training proposals that integrate with and boost traditional school programs. Each activity, which involves constant coordination and collaboration with the teachers, is designed to be fully adaptable to the actual requirements of the school or class.
The workshops, which are created and run by Helpcode educators, also benefit from the voluntary involvement – for the very first time in remote form – of our colleagues in the role of tutors. By using exploration, interaction and socialization, they will accompany the youngsters as they learn about global citizenship, sustainability and the digital world.
The pilot project begins at the Viale San Marco School in Mestre and involves classes in the primary cycle with 62 workshops divided into three learning pathways:
- Digital literacy – Learning to code
- Active rights and participation – The algorithm of rights
- Environmental sustainability – Life beyond plastic
Moige – Young Ambassadors for Digital Citizenship
Since 2018 we have been supporting the campaign by the Italian Parents’ Movement (MOIGE) called Young Ambassadors for Digital Citizenship in order to counter the phenomena of bullying and cyberbullying in all their forms. The project is based on actions of a preventative nature to protect and educate minors and involves families, schools, national institutions and local authorities.
The initiative aims to raise awareness of the safe use of social media and the issue of fake news, and to make cities safer, more inclusive and sustainable. This is in line with SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) which are part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. In 2021 the project is set to involve 62,500 students,1,250 young Digital Citizenship Ambassadors, 1,250 teachers trained through the online platform and meetings at school and 125,000 parents who will be informed through webinars and educational material.
Brindisi Brilla STEM Camp
Bringing young people closer to STEM subjects (acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to acquire the skills that will make them protagonists of the future is crucial for achieving SDG 4.
The Brindisi Brilla project, sponsored by the Municipality of Brindisi and implemented with our contribution, consists of a STEM camp that involved 40 first and second grade students from 6 to 10 September 2021, with the aim of recovering and getting girls and boys in fragility or hardship situation close to the school, giving them the opportunity to compete with the technical-scientific disciplines in a non-scholastic or traditional way, but of play and discovery.
The initiative is carried out in collaboration with “Il Cielo Itinerante”, association founded in 2021 by Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta and Alessia Mosca. The association shares with us a vision of the scientific culture as essential element for creating an inclusive and sustainable society, which offers equal opportunities for all regardless of socio-economic level of origin.
THE EDUBOX “ENERGY TRANSITION” DOSSIER
A complex and highly topical issue explained in simple and engaging language, detailed information via links, a game, a glossary of energy terms, a selection of films, books and playlists. This is the new interactive dossier on “The Energy Transition” that has been curated by SmemoLab as part of the Edubox series produced with the support of our Group. It’s designed to attract the attention of Generation Z and to recruit young people, together with their teachers and families, as key players on the journey towards sustainable innovation. It’s aimed at secondary school students but is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about the topic. The dossier is available at the website of the web publication DentroTutti. It consists of a general framework plus sections dedicated to renewable energies, smart grids, innovative and sustainable services and the various themes of the transition: from energy efficiency to the electrification of consumption, from digitalization to the circular economy, with an eye on the new “green” careers.
Our Group is striving to protect and value biodiversity in all of the areas we work in. Preserving ecosystems is one of the major global challenges of our time and the future: it is therefore essential to raise awareness among the younger generations. The Biodiversity4Young environmental education project, launched with Legambiente, is working actively on this front. The initiative involves 8 secondary schools in Sicily, Calabria, Tuscany, Lombardy, Marche, Abruzzo and Sardinia.
The project aims to engage around 250 students in issues of biodiversity and protecting the environment through the creation of Pathways for Transversal Skills and Orientation (PCTO) developed by Legambiente. These include a theoretical part involving training and talks by experts from our Group, a citizen science field experience, a workshop about sustainability and a final phase for discussion and sharing ideas, amounting to a total of 22 hours for each participant. The initiative offers an opportunity for the young people to engage with professionals and real-life contexts in the green economy, discover our initiatives to protect biodiversity, and gain useful ideas and experience in order to become active protagonists in their local areas.
Bee4Education - Learning from the bees
This educational project is for primary and secondary school students and aims to raise their awareness of sustainability and biodiversity issues through observing and learning about bees. Following an initial theoretical part in the classroom, the children and teenagers get the opportunity to take a close-up look, in complete safety, at the industriousness of these fascinating pollinating insects thanks to innovative transparent B-BOX hives, provided by the startup Beeing, that have been installed at the CFA Education and Training Center in L’Aquila. This initiative combines quality learning with respect for the local area, giving young people a chance to be protagonists in protecting the ecosystem.
We shape virtuous circles
We support initiatives to stimulate virtuous behaviors and lifestyles based on sustainability, inclusion and sharing.
WE - Sustainable innovation
The WE project, which we support, was launched by the Sustainable Development School. It creates learning pathways with the goal of promoting education for the world’s citizens. It’s an opportunity for everyone to reflect on their own lifestyles and try to develop innovative economic, social and environmental processes in the direction of a new and positive balance.
WE is organized into two complementary forms of action:
#Cities: together with mayors, universities, school head teachers, local authorities, sustainable education projects in neighborhoods in cities capable of viewing schools as the drivers of the revival of communities.
#Communities: to promote the first virtual sustainability hub, a routing node for knowledge, skills and data at the service of everyone. Through inspirational, educational and narrative contributions, experts from various fields of human activity exclusively explain how they perceive change, the present and the future. At the so-called “Community Hubs,” which are also supported by local universities, those taking part will develop sustainable development ideas for the community to implement for real with the collaboration of other stakeholders.
The project aims to contribute to achieving SDG 11 “sustainable cities and communities.”
SOStenibile - la crisi è l’occasione
The “SOStenibile - la crisi è l’occasione” (“SOS Sustainable – a crisis can be an opportunity”) project, which was developed by the Juppiter association in collaboration with the municipality of Montalto di Castro (near Viterbo). It takes its inspiration from the Assisi Manifesto, which we joined in January 2020, for a human-sized economy to combat the climate crisis, and from the words of Pope Francis, who reminded us in his encyclical Laudato sì that “the environment is our common home: we must look after it and not destroy it.” The events will be organized in close collaboration with the Fondazione Symbola and are designed to help children and young people learn to love and respect their local areas. These events also aim to raise awareness among the younger generations about good practices to ensure they continue on the road to sustainability in its various forms.
The project that we are supporting includes activities in Montalto and the surrounding area. This is in addition to involving a network of schools that will produce content that merges into a single interactive platform to communicate and share sustainability tips among the pupils.
One of the more original initiatives is the creation of the “Casa di Vetro” (the Glass House), a view of the world 80 years from now with contemporary images alongside projections of what will happen to the Earth if we fail to change our lifestyle with respect to the environment. The videos will be projected onto a 10-meter-high screen mounted on top of a truck that will travel around the municipalities of Montalto, Tarquinia, Tuscania, Capalbio and Canino, engaging students from schools in the area and the local population.
We rethink spaces
We contribute to the creation of physical and digital learning spaces, promoting a new concept of sustainable schooling. In this field we’re also involved through our charitable organization, Enel Cuore, which supports numerous projects dedicated to the culture of education, including:
We create new opportunities
We want to multiply opportunities for training and acquiring know-how in line with the needs of a rapidly evolving energy sector. We support specialized, theoretical and practical courses to develop specialist skills, above all in technology, moving young people closer to the job market, offering new professional prospects and supporting entrepreneurship.
One example is the Higher Education and research apprenticeship, an experimental program of highly specialized training in collaboration with Roma Tre University to support and guide university students on a career path.
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The School4Life project was launched in partnership with Elis to reduce school dropout rates and educational poverty by encouraging young people to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), providing training and guiding them towards the professions of the future. Through an active learning approach involving the participation of “career masters”, role models and mentors from Enel, students attended technical and orientation meetings, followed by practical workshops and other activities to help them acquire technical and transferable skills.
Following the success of the pilot project, which reached almost 2000 students at 25 schools, the second edition was launched for the 2021-2022 academic year. School4Life 2.0 will last for two years and will benefit from the involvement of a further 10 large Italian companies. The goal is to involve a total of 15,000 students from more than 600 schools all over Italy, with a particular focus on regions where school dropout rates are higher.
Training programs for teachers, webinars for parents and the “We’re staying” helpdesk to help respond to at-risk situations are the tools for the adults who accompany these young people on their educational journeys.
Enel Sustainability Startup Program
Together with Peekaboo, the largest community of sustainable innovators in Italy, we have launched the Enel Sustainability Startup Program to encourage the creation of new startups that are capable of developing sustainable technologies and projects. This is with the goal of improving the efficiency of energy resource management and creating a positive impact on local communities.
The “challenges” planned in the program regard three different areas: designing a weather observation and monitoring system capable of sending real-time geo-localized data from more than 600 electric energy producing plants that our Group manages all over the country;the design of new systems that are able to collect and integrate data about the sustainability of local authorities, to make energy management more efficient, from mobility to waste; harnessing or repurposing technological, historical and architectural assets at electric energy power plants to make them useful to local communities through visits and awareness-raising events about environmental and energy issues, transforming these facilities into engines of sustainable development for their local areas.
The selected applicants will take part in a free 8-week training program, during which they will be able to learn about methodologies, techniques and tools to bring their sustainability ideas to fruition.
Founded in Switzerland in 2017 as the first ever coding academy for refugees, Powercoders has today extended its scope to include the so-called NEET category (people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training).
The aim is to promote equal opportunities and job placement, a goal that also goes some way to meeting companies’ need to find IT professionals on the market.
We became involved in the project in 2022 and we proposed to the other Italian partners (UNHCR – the UN High Commission for Refugees, Lenovo and the founding members of the Reale Foundation and Fondazione Italiana Accenture) t0 extend participation to young people and women excluded from employment as a result of the pandemic crisis. The partners’ positive response increased the number of participants in Powercoders Italy to 150, and the project is now fully in line with the goals of inclusion, valuing cultural diversity, promoting talent and equal opportunities that our Group pursues.
The program is organized in three phases. The first is dedicated to a skills assessment of the participants in order to identify the most appropriate training path for each one. This is followed by a 3-month intensive course focused on practicing and applying the newly developed skills in line with the “learning by doing” approach. Once the training period has been completed, the students are then integrated into the workplace through paid internships for 6 to 12 months at established companies.
With the initiatives and projects of #EnelUp4Education, our Group contributes to sustainable development in an environmental, economic and social sense. Only through knowledge can people take the future into their own hands to work together and build a better tomorrow.