Energy for A Territory

Nom du partenaire
  • Mulinelli di Sabbia Onlus
  • Ethnographic Museum Fanchini
  • Consorzio Irriguo Est Sesia, Consorzio Ong Piemontesi, Assessorato alla Cultura di Oleggio
  • Autre
  • Autre
  • Autre
  • Participation in the planning, realization of network activities and support to the North / South relation
  • Participation in planning, lessons, workshops and coordinated actions in the area
  • Specific intervention
Name of establishment / organisation
Direction pédagogique d’Oleggio
Contact person
Giancarla Fortina - Giovanna Rivolta
Contact details
Via Gramsci 77
28047 Oleggio
Location of project
Start date and duration of project
01/09/2014 to 30/06/2015
  • Nursery school
  • Primary school
Number of pupils, teachers and staff involved
39 students, 5 teachers
Environment and natural resources, Global citizenship, Other, The economy
Subject areas
Geography, History, Languages, Other, The arts
Please specify how the project was carried out

Interdisciplinary project with activities conducted:

  • in the classroom, by teachers, institutional figures, experts from NGO/Museums/local newspapers/associations/ sector companies; among students in peer tutoring form
  • in the territory, through educational trips and workshops conducted at: Ethnographic Museum, Environmental Museum, Mill, Water and thermoelectric plant
  • in the territory, at extracurricular level: organization/participation in public events with the purpose of communication and awareness
Teaching and learning objectives
  • Promote eco-sustainable lifestyles through the knowledge of cutting-edge technologies for the production, distribution and use of energy from renewable sources
  • Develop feelings of solidarity empathy with respect to the peoples of the Global South from the development of a relationship of knowledge and reflecting on how new technologies, related to renewable energy, can improve the living conditions of the countries of the Global South
How did the project originate? What needs does it address?

The project was developed based on two elements: 1) enhance the main features of the local area, where there have been traces of energy use since 1300; 2) give continuity to the discussions underway with the Mulinelli di Sabbia Onlus Association that operates in Kenya in Lenkisem and that has long accompanied schools to reflect on how science and technology contribute to concretely realizing international cooperation projects.



The project was developed around the theme of energy, an issue with little attention in global citizenship education projects, however, that lends itself well to insights transversal to various times and territories, to an interdisciplinary approach and the start of reasoning on sustainability.

Phase 1 - Local energy between past and present

  • The energy history of the area: interventions in the classroom by teachers and experts, educational visits to Museums, Mills and local plants (water and thermoelectric)
  • Multimedia workshops: construction and use of example models, educational games


Phase 2 -  Sustainable energy

  • Energy saving strategies: interventions in the classroom by teachers and experts, reading books
  • Renewable energy sources: interventions in the classroom by teachers and experts, watching videos, hands-on workshops building models
  • International cooperation and technology: interventions in the classroom by NGO, watching videos, ecological footprint analysis


Phase 3 - Experiences of active citizenship

  • Raising awareness activities: evening "M'illumino di Meno" (Saving Light); realization of thematic radio episode
  • Creation and production of educational games (energy memory) to be used for peer tutoring activities
  • Final return to citizens: summary exhibition and "Reddso" booklet  
Did your project have a final outcome ?
  • Writing an article for Touring Junior
  • Evening "M'Illumino di meno" (Saving Light)
  • Booklet "Reddso" realized for children and families
  • "La scuola si Mostra" (School Exhibition):  year-end party with return to citizens of the works performed 
What communications and dissemination strategy was used for the project ?

Various forms of communication were experimented, for local families and citizens:

  • by e-mail, to keep in touch with experts
  • journalism, writing thematic articles
  • radio, with on-air participation in RAI-Radio 2 Caterpillar for presentation of the Reddso project by students and dissemination of the day "M'illumino di meno" (Saving Light)

A final return booklet was also produced. A party was organized with an exhibition for citizens and articles were published in the local press.

What outcomes and changes did the project generate ?
  • students grasped the fundamental need for energy and, consistent with this, the importance of identifying forms of sustainable production and use
  • students improved their ability to reflect on experiences and share them externally with different methodologies
  • awareness was raised among local citizens on the issues of energy saving and the centrality of renewable energy sources
What difficulties did you encounter when implementing your project ?

Difficulties with regard to:

  • international collaboration
  • family involvement
  • organization of activities outside school hours and change in the class hour structure to allow broader reflections
What factors made it easier to carry out your project ?
  • active school-territory collaboration, with enhancement of local resources
  • identification of an issue which, although complex, lent itself well to interdisciplinary connections
  • selection of activities that simply students' access to an issue considered difficult
  • collaboration of entities (NGO and institutions) spokespersons of the perspective of the Global South
Which factors are most related to global education ?
  • the promotion of the integration of various knowledge and methodologies around a defined and significant "theme" in both the North and the South of the World
  • the ability to accompany students to act as citizens, individually and collectively, to trigger changes in lifestyles
  • the relationship developed with the media and the use of new forms of communication
How did you assess the project ?

The knowledge gained and the transversal competences related to the ability to communicate and work in groups were evaluated formally. Tools:

  • education summaries and/or tests prepared by teachers
  • posters created during group activities
  • empirical observation of children in public situations
Any comments

The energy issue is extremely current and innovative with respect to traditional school programs and opens heterogeneous and additional space for development. The many years of collaboration with the Mulinelli di Sabbia Association will be maintained over time and, through it, the North/South reflections on energy applied to international cooperation will continue.

The arts
Global citizenship
Environment and natural resources
The economy