This is the “CoDeS Case Turin” blog, titled:
Building Small but Virtuous Networks. Learning sustainable lifestyles on energy consumption together
This blog describes the case of a school community collaboration for ESD developed in Turin, Italy. This is one of the cases collected within the frame of Comenius Network CoDeS.
This case is about a collaboration to create synergies among local authorities, teachers, local stakeholders, students and their parents, to design and realize responsive use of energy at home, at school and at our own work places. Three the most important issues: small but not formal networks based on dialogue and good relations among the people; the care and support of the participants; an efficient project board and an operative coordinating team to be set up and guaranteed permanent bridges of communication.
The key actors involved created: three schools networks, two networks between schools and parents, one local institution network, one network among schools, local institutions and firms. Some activities together with pupils, families, teachers and others schools: calculation of ecological footprint; map of energy waste in the city searching images and ideas on saving energy; Agriscuola” (an open school vegetable garden).
The collaboration was developed from 2008 to 2011 and now it is restarting to continue the work, involving the same community in others measures, addressing once again to the construction of networks and working path inspired by the ESD values.
Also, it has been created a working method to develop participatory projects between local authorities and schools and new strategies of relations between teachers, students and parents. Some important schools in the network are making today a lot of activities with children, parents and people of the district of the city. To promote the integration of the families in the school and in the neighborhood and to encourage good habits, changing lifestyles problematic towards more sustainable modes. Especially “doing things together”, such as small group work, and continuing the experience learned in the process of building networks.