Juan Carlos Garcia Salvador from CIFEA MOLINA de Segura in Spian has worked out a continuous evaluation system for students and presented his ideas and example during our project meeting in Murcia. The presentation can be downloaded.
It was a very inspring session in which we spoke with students about their ideas on developing a sustainable school and training programs.
Most important questions to discuss with students are:
How can VET institutions contribute to a more sustainable society?
Is the education system in tune with a sustainable society?
How can the students contribute to achieving our vision as a VET institution?
What needs do our teachers have?
What examples of good practices have the students in mind?
The example susrvey is also available (in Spanish).
CIFEA de Molina de Segura in Spain worked on ideas becoming a sustainable school in 2026. Their mission:
Education is the way , and we can offer you a wide range of reasons to be part of our sustainable community. Learn and be free. Vocational education is your way.
Juan Carlos Garcia Salvador
Main challenge regarding this mission is that students should feel that they are part of the solution. The VET students have to feel useful for a sustainable society and the school should give them the tools to make the students feel like this.
The first ideas of CIFEA de Molina de Segura were presented during our meeting in Spain and they can be found in this presentation.
CIFEA DE MOLINA de Segura in Spain provides students with training related to the processed food and environmental sectors. For these vocational training schools it is essential to be one step ahead of the social and professional reality of both sectors.
Each course, from the CIFEA DE MOLINA, around 70 students are promoted in training cycles of families in the food industry, safety and environment that joins the labour market.
To improve the training of our students and provide them with the skills for sustainability that society and the labour market requirements, we share with other European green schools, cooperation and innovation projects of the Erasmus program, which pose the same questions and provide us with feedback in the process of self reflection.
These questions are:
With whom do we learn?
What is the environment in which we develop our learning?
How does the environment affect training?
What are the needs of society and the labour market concerning sustainable development?
How can we cooperate with companies and partners so that training contributes to sustainable production systems?
What green skills do we have to strengthen in learning?
How can we adapt the curricula of the cycles?
What teaching methodologies are suitable for teaching the SDGs?
In this presentation CIFEA MOLINA present the answers to these question from their point of view.
Education and training, like all sectors, must take action to respond to the climate emergency.
Learners of all ages need opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live more sustainably, embrace healthier lifestyles and contribute – both individually and collectively – to the green transition.
Acquiring sustainability competences, can help children, young people and adults to understand challenges related to climate change and the environment, reflect on their behaviours, and engage in action for a sustainable future.
The European competence framework on sustainability contains a proposal for these kind of competences . This framework called GreenComp can be used in education and training programmes and policies in formal, non-formal and informal settings.
During our TPM in October we visited Yuverta College in Nederweert. This pre-vet school invested in the development of a green paradise at their school to attract new students.
The amount of students entering the school declined during the years from more than 450 students in 2010 till almost 240 in 2019. Because of this decreasing trend the quality of the school was under pressure and actions were needed to attract more students.
The new director of the school Marisol Becerra beliefs in the power and attractiveness of a green learning environment and invested with her team in the greening of the environment of the school both outside and inside the school.
First of all the tiles at the schoolyard were removed replaced by a natural pond and garden, a vegetable garden and a wooden open outdoor classroom. The old ugly wall surrounding the garden was also renewed through an inspirational green artwork. They call it the green paradise to indicate that it is a very friendly and attractive place to learn, work and relax.
The interior of the old school was also tackled. Through a partnership with a local nature photographer the hallways and classrooms were changed into green classrooms by adding beautiful pictures at the walls of landscapes, animals, plants and flowers. Even the lockers of the students were changed into green lockers by adding a large picture of a butterfly.
The effect of these changes were very clear. Teachers, students, parents and visitors were very enthusiastic and really felt at home in this new green paradise. This year the inflow of students has increased instead of declined. Will this be beginning of a rising trend? And is this the effect of greening of the learning environment? It is is not certain, but there seems to be a positive effect.
But how did she get the budget for all these changes?
Her main advise is to be active and creative to realise different kinds of budget. There are all kinds of budgets which can be applied for and can be combined for you own benefit. Also think about sponsoring and crowd-funding. A lot of companies, even MC Donalds, want to help and allocate money for greening, sustainability and education. So connect to your environment en invest in developing a good network with local partners.
This Good Practice makes clear that investing in an attractive and inspirational learning environment is important and will support the raise of students entering your school.
It also makes clear that connecting with partners in your local en regional environment is important because it can help you to realise your ambitions and goals. Invest in a proper network with companies, other schools and your local government.