Nieves Segovia: “We are committed to educating new generations in respect for the environment”

The president of SEK Education Group, Nieves Segovia, took part in the 19th Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development organised by Madridiario at the Almagro Campus of Camilo José Cela University.

In her address, she stated that “mobilising and helping to strengthen ecosystems of reflection and collaboration between public and private agents encourages us to continue forming communities of collective learning on vital issues that affect us as a society and that transcend our classrooms” and highlighted the commitment of Camilo José Cela University in this regard, “We are committed to educating new generations in respect for the environment, to promote their leadership in favour of a more sustainable and better world.”

UCJC promotes civic education as the first of all possible educations and a fundamental axis of its curriculum. The teaching and learning model incorporate participatory methodologies, encourages the acquisition of knowledge, the development of competencies, skills and values, critical thinking and the active, autonomous and democratic decision-making of its students. Education for sustainable development is a lifelong learning process and is part of quality education.

In the twelve takeaways from the  Global Education Forum 3rd Act Manifesto, UCJC considered that in order for universities to tackle the disruption of the system and stay relevant  they must include innovation and social commitment as a fundamental axis for their development.

Sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective

Camilo José Cela University continues to be firmly and decisively committed to sustainability and to contributing to the fulfilment of the SDGs, incorporating this exchange of knowledge into the teaching system.

There are many initiatives that Camilo José Cela University has launched in favour of sustainability, such as the ‘UCJC Sustainable Mobility Day’, a day to educate the entire educational community about caring for the environment and the advantages of being a sustainable citizen; the installation of several charging points for electric vehicles on the Villafranca Campus; raising awareness on the use of Carsharing, publicising the CarPooling tool; the installation of a heating network composed of a biomass thermal power plant and a network of pipes that distributes energy to all the buildings of the Villafranca Campus in an efficient and clean way or the elimination of the use of non-reusable plastic in its facilities.

Examples of student participation and commitment include schemes to promote healthy lifestyle habits among community members, such as the one called “I train at CAFYD”, which offers a free personal sports training service for all staff. Designed by the students of the Degree in Sports Science and Physical Activity and under the supervision of their tutors, it is an opportunity for them to put into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired in three of the subjects contemplated in their curriculum. Other examples of its innovation and commitment to our community’s wellbeing are the Sustainable food service and the FISU Healthy Campus schemes.

UCJC has taken on the vice-presidency of the Talloires network, which was created by Tufts and Harvard Universities, and which brings together over 400 socially committed universities, promoting the value of equity, respect for diversity, and the promotion of sustainability.