Up4Education

Training for a sustainable future

Published on Tuesday, 16 March 2021

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.

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.”

School4life

This project has been launched together with the ELIS organization in order to counter the phenomena of students dropping out of school and education poverty. It also has the goal of guiding and training young people for the professions of the future and towards STEM studies. Through an active education approach, with the participation of “masters of their craft,” role models and Enel mentors, students are involved in orientation and technical meetings, followed by practical workshops aimed at acquiring technical skills that can be used in all areas. The project involves 15 school across Italy: in the first year around 600 fourth and fifth year pupils from technical high schools are involved, in addition to around 200 students from 10 middle schools where orientation meetings will be held.

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.

The 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.

È viva la scuola Labs

Studiare coding, progetto E’(v)viva la scuola - Enel.it

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

The pilot project is now getting underway at the “Viale San Marco” Comprehensive School in Mestre. Between April and May 2021, it will involve primary cycle classes in 62 workshops split between the three educational programs.  The next phase will be offered between October and December 2021.

With all of these tools, our Group is contributing to sustainable development both from an environmental and social perspective. Only though knowledge, and therefore, education and training, can people take the future into their own hands to build a better tomorrow together.

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