Our allies from Scholas Ocurrentes they have been recognized for their “Scholas Ciudadanía” program, which promotes civic and active participation of young people.
These recognitions aim to support projects that contribute to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The foundation, created by Pope Francis in 2013, has been considered for its initial project, which began more than 20 years ago, when the Pope –Jorge Bergoglio– was still Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
The concept of innovative education wants to promote the participation of students in political, social and civic life through their realities. To do this, young people are brought together and the main problems are debated and selected. Subsequently, the causes, effects and possible solutions are identified; the initiatives are elaborated and finally, they are presented to the public authorities.
One of the participants of the “Scholas Ciudadanía” project accompanied the team to receive the award on behalf of the thousands of participants in this program. He showed his gratitude for the initiative and stressed how important it was for him: “It was something that changed us all. That Citizenship changed both our interests and the way we relate to each other and understand the world.” In addition, he stressed that this program is highly taken into account by the authorities: “Through Citizenship we were able to make proposals for change and they were listened to. Mayor Carmena came, listened to our proposals and said things about it”.