Always thinking about training girls and boys to learn how to face the school of life, we wanted to educate pupils and families about sustainability (environment, circular economy, conscious consumption). Thus we have developed Jun € co, a program that serves to help children / and young people / and to understand the Ethical and Sustainable Economy and Ecology; to bring the very young – and to some extent their teachers and parents – closer to the fascinating and largely unknown world of economics.
Ethical, sustainable economics and ecology for primary school
The games of each Unit (essentially based on cards and game boards, to be played most of the time in groups of 4-5 students), are each collected in a numbered box. The six boxes of games / sessions together with this “Teacher’s Guide” are collected in a single case called “ JUN€CO – Playful- didactic sessions”.
”From dream to project” – application of the project management methodology for children to be carried out between the months of January and May, with a weekly commitment at the discretion of the teacher (we recommend 2 h), based on the duration of the activity and the level of complexity and ambition of the dream-project.
The project management methodology for children has been successfully tested by the Amiotti Foundation in the two calls “Dal Sogno al Progetto” and “Dal Sogno al Progetto per la mia Città” (2013-2015) as well as in the JUN€CO Pilot Project of the a.s. 2016-’17.
Dream-project identity card
defines the name, objectives and deadline of the project, and the main “rules of the game” among the children
the ideas of the children are collected in a creative and initially disordered way; each idea is written in a post-it attached to a board posted in the classroom;
Tree of ideas / Mind map
the post-its of the brainstorming (except those discarded) are grouped into groups according to the branches “What”, “Who”, “How”, “When”, “And if …”
branches of activities are constructed that correspond to activities / tasks to be carried out (often indicating one or more persons responsible for each activity), in an ad hoc board;
(Tempogramma): the activities are scheduled (weekly or every two weeks) and the logical links (if any) of the various activities are expressed, always in an ad hoc board;
Project traffic lights
using, for example, CD racks in which green, yellow or red cards are inserted, it visually captures which activities are progressing well / are finished, require attention or are late / show serious problems;
at the end of the project, the students write down the main “lessons learned” on a board: what we learned beautifully and new, what we did better, what we could have done better, what we would like to do again, etc …
JUN€CO – INTERCULTURAL GUIDE
In this regard, it is also possible to use the Intercultural Guide promoted by the Enrica Amiotti Foundation, in co-edition with the ISMU Foundation. The guide is aimed at primary school teachers who intend to sensitize their students to the issues of ethical and sustainable economy and finance, complex but essential issues for the growth of tomorrow’s citizens. The guide is composed as follows: a theoretical part on economic and financial issues and a more concrete part, with an intercultural slant.
Themes such as saving, earning, buying and giving are thus seen and treated with interviews with parents of Arab and Chinese communities and through some fairy tales which, using the language of children, facilitate and make such vast and articulated themes attractive.