Organiser: Comtal Foundation.

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Implementation dates: 14/09/2021 – 31/07/2022.

 

The Technology space for social transformation, an initiative providing transferable and technological skills to children, adolescents, and young people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Comtal Foundation to promote the Technology space for social transformation, an initiative which aims to boost motivation and the learning of transferable and technological skills in children, adolescents, and young people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, supporting their further education and/or employment opportunities.

The programme is set up as a space that offers training in transferable and technological skills for children, adolescents, and young people. The Technology space for social transformation focuses on programming and digital creation with the aim of encouraging vocations in science and technology – known as STEAM subjects in English – using methodologies such as Design Thinking and project-based learning.

The initiative provides educational opportunities in the form of support, guidance, and teaching workshops, and aims to provide attendees with a place where they can focus on their professional and personal development. It also serves to support and push attendees academically with the use of innovative methodologies and technological skills.

 

The programme, which has more than a hundred participates, is made up of four strands

The Technological space for social transformation, attended by 120 children, teenagers, and young people, is made up of four strands: training and learning, technology, community, and sustainability. Firstly, the Comtal Foundation’s training strand encourages students to learn through experimentation, curiosity, and ingenuity, with the aim of motivating them to pursue higher education and/or a career. The initiative’s technological focus provides students with the opportunity to access a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, a 3D printer, robotics kits, as well as programming tools such as Arduino, Arduino, Scratch or Makeblock, among others.

The third strand is linked to community action. The Technological space for social transformation collaborates with additional organisations in Ciutat Vella to provide workshops in which the attendees are presented various problems and are challenged to come up with solutions using their own creativity and various elements within the classroom. The project hopes to develop stronger connections between young people and their environment and encourage attitudes and behaviour that will make them active, positive agents in society. Finally, the sustainable strand promotes the concept of “Reuse, Repair, Recycle” and encourages the learning and use of the circular economy.

 

The Comtal Foundation, an organisation that develops projects for the social inclusion of children, teenagers, and young people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds in the Old Town of Barcelona

Founded in 1944, the Comtal Foundation runs socio-educational community projects to boost personal and community development, focusing specifically on the social inclusion of children, teenagers, and young people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds in the Old Town of Barcelona.

With the firm belief that any child, teenager, or young person should have the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions regardless of their background, the organisation aims to nurture holistic personal development in each of its attendees, providing professional training and workshops on life skills, citizenship, and active participation in their city’s social and cultural life.

 

Links of interest:

Comtal Foundation website.