The students of the CEIP Cruz Blanca de Aznalcóllar (Seville), the CEIP Giner de los Ríos de Mairena del Aljarafe (Seville), the IES Blas Infante de Ogíjares (Granada), and the Virgen del Pilar special education center in Sanlúcar de Barrameda ( Cádiz) have been the winners of the fifth edition of the Ponte en Marcha school contest, an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Development, Articulation of the Territory and Housing to instill in the classrooms the need to promote sustainable mobility and the use of means of transport non polluting.
The Minister of Public Works, Marifrán Carazo, has presided over the awards ceremony, where she has valued “the great involvement that these young people have had to try to get their family, friends and neighbors to use the car less and take the bus, the train more , the metro, the bicycle or the scooter for their displacements”. “We are very clear that the future of Andalusia lies with you and that this future will be marked by sustainability and respect for the environment,” said the head of Public Works.
The philosophy of the Ponte en Marcha awards is part of the challenges of the European Mobility Week. The theme chosen by the European Commission for this year’s campaign is connecting better and the motto is Combine and move. In the fifth edition of the school contest, the main novelty has been to have a new category, which is added to those of Infant, Primary and Secondary: a recognition of the work in the special education centers of Andalusia.
The Cruz Blanca school in Aznalcóllar (Seville) has been the winner in the category from 3 to 6 years with its campaign On wheels, which promotes the use of bicycles, scooters or walking to get to school. In this campaign, the involvement of parents stands out, which has been key since they have participated in the construction of a bike rack, the organization of a bike bus or a trip to the countryside for students by bicycle. Likewise, the video shows the awareness work in the school, such as the driver education classes received with the presence of the Local Police.
The winner in the Primary category (from 6 to 12 years old) has been the CEIP Giner de los Ríos de Mairena del Aljarafe, also in the province of Seville. under the motto Move as you think, for you and for him planet, schoolchildren explain with their families how they get to school. The councilor has highlighted the creation of a card with indications on sustainable mobility that allows marking the days that have carried out activities for the benefit of the planet. In addition, in this category, a second prize has been awarded to the CEIP Josefina Pascual de Cádiz, with her campaign If you want life to go smoothly, get going.
In the category of more than 12 years, the work of the students of the IES Blas Infante de Ogíjares, in the province of Granada, has been recognized. His campaign, whose title bears the name With the bike in the heels, stands out for “its originality and perseverance”, according to the counselor. For five years, the center’s students have prepared, together with seven teachers, a working group to develop a teaching methodology to promote sustainable mobility. Thanks to this work they have developed an application and a bicycle loan service, they have created a cycling card with discounts in local shops and even relaxation classes with the bike in mind.
Within this category, two second prizes have been awarded: to the IES Al-Andalus in Almuñécar (Granada), which has highlighted eco-responsible travel in its campaign, and to the IES Carlos Cano, which was the winner of the last edition and this year It has been presented with a project of sustainable mobility, health and quality of life 2.0, with bike routes through a mobile app or the creation of a green patrol.
Finally, the new category of Special Education has fallen to the students of the CDPEE Virgen del Pilar de Sanlúcar de Barrameda, who already obtained a second prize just a year ago. On this occasion they have been presented with Muévete en Verde, which is a continuation of the campaign started last year and which includes driver education classes at school or a visit to a transport company to learn from within how this service works. .
The award-winning centers in each of the four modalities received a diploma and material for sustainable mobility, such as scooters or bicycles, depending on the age of the students, as well as regulatory helmets.
With this initiative, the Junta de Andalucía promotes an awareness campaign on sustainable mobility, making teachers and students aware of the importance of reducing the use of private vehicles and promoting travel by public transport, on foot or by bicycle. In addition to reducing the environmental impact and noise and air pollution, these practices improve the health of citizens, since moving around on foot or by bicycle prevents sedentary habits associated with obesity and diabetes.
In addition to the counselor and the award-winning students and teachers, the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Mario Muñoz-Atanet, attended this awards ceremony; the General Director of Mobility and Transport of the Junta de Andalucía, Felipe Arias; the delegate of the Government of the Junta de Andalucía in Seville, Ricardo Sánchez; and the regional delegate for Development in Seville, Susana Cayuelas.