Educational Activities and Environmental Awareness Empower in Treviso

The Environmental Education Office of ARPAV planned and supervised an articulated educational program with children and students of the schools in the neighbourhood of the pilot road in Treviso, the so called West Road, namely viale della Repubblica.
The educational activities has been implemented in cooperation with the ISIDE network (http://www.reteisideambiente.it), a network of schools working in Treviso area promoting energy saving and environmental awareness.
Teaching in classes and guided visits in the neighbourhood of the pilot area, experiential workshops for the youngest and frontal lessons with ARPAV technicians and expert on air and acoustic pollution have been realized since February till last May 2018.
Summing up, thanks to REMEDIO project, 20 educational paths involving about 20 classes with 500 students for about 245 hours with 11 educators and teachers and 4      administrative officers have been implemented in 4 months. 
This great action is going to end with a final event next September with all the students and their teachers presenting the outcomes of their work to the public and mostly to the managers of the city that should give value to the their ideas, proposals and suggestions for a low carbon city of the future.
For additional details on this activity see the following sections.

Objective of the REMEDIO educational activity in Treviso

The population living in urban areas is subject to various pollution factors: noise, air pollution, traffic congestion, poor availability of green spaces. Many of these problems are directly or indirectly linked to the need for mobility "imposed" or stimulated by city life. 
The main objective of the educational paths is to raise awareness in children and young people about air quality, noise pollution and the environment where they live, with the help of teachers and educators.
Each student is invited to reflect on the daily behaviours that they can put into practice to contribute to the reduction of atmospheric pollution and to improve environmental quality. Parents and family are involved by surveys on mobility habits.
Participatory educational activities are coordinated with the territorial reality and the experiences already in place in the province of Treviso. The result of working groups is a final action plan with the proposals discussed and shared within the participatory process. Building a shared vision is a participatory modality needed to change the behaviours of people involved in new sustainability scenarios.

Target groups

Children aged 5 to 10 years, from nurseries to first grade schools
Students aged 11 to 14 of second grade schools
Students aged 14 to 16 of high Schools

Educational strategy

Environmental education activities start from mobility issues’ analysis and environmental pollution data around the pilot area “West Road”, with the main aim to look for feasible solutions.
After a first phase of context analysis, the guys work on solutions proposals in a shared way, through the identification of behaviours and effective actions to improve the conditions of well-being and life of their urban area and its communities.
Proposals will be submitted to families, citizenship and administrators during a final event scheduled for September 2018 during the European Mobility Week.

Educational methodology and tools

Starting from the analysis of educational needs, different approaches and tools modulated according to the age groups of children and young people.
The educational paths are developed through:
- compiling and analysing questionnaires;
- discussion in class and in small groups,
- activities and laboratories for the youngest,
- frontal lessons on air and acoustic pollution by ARPAV experts;
- visits the local Air Quality monitoring station with ARPAV experts;
- experimental noise measurenments with smartphones by students with ARPAV expert;
- participative compilation of proposals for strategies and behaviors for urban mobility of lower carbon emissions.

Schools involved

PRE- SCHOOLS
San Bartolomeo IC TV1 Via S. Bartolomeo, 47 – Treviso – Sezione A-B-C-D
Giovanni Barbisan IC TV5 Via Albona, 21 – Treviso – Sezione C


FIRST GRADE SCHOOLS
Primo Maggio IC TV1 Via S. Bartolomeo, 46 – Treviso – Classe 3^ e 5^
Carducci IC TV5 Strada Galletto, 18 – Treviso - Classe 3^ A
Collodi IC TV5 Via Mantiero, 29 – Treviso – Classe 4^ A e 4^ B

SECOND GRADE SCHOOLS
Martini IC TV1 Via Rapisardi, 5 – Treviso – Classe 1^F
Coletti IC TV5 Via Abruzzo, 1 – Treviso – Coletti S.Bona 1^F e 1^B _Coletti S.Liberale 2^A

HIGH SCHOOLS
Istituto Canossiano Madonna del Grappa Paritaria Viale Europa, 20 – Treviso Classe 2^ indirizzo ambientale
I.S.I.S.Palladio Via Tronconi, 22 – Treviso – Classe 3^A
Liceo delle Scienze Applicate Duca degli Abruzzi Via Antonio Caccianiga, 5 - Treviso– Classe 3^A-B e 5^B
I.T.I.S. Max Planck Via Franchini, 1 - Lancenigo di Villorba (Tv) – classe 3AL e 3BL