Innovative, inclusive and participatory environments
One of the latest projects of the multidisciplinary team of Grupo Efebé has been the adaptation of the kindergarten playground of the Santo Tomás School, in Sant Boi de Llobregat, creating an outdoor didactic environment, as if it were a learning space that enhances education, awareness and environmental awareness.
“They explained it to me and I forgot it; I saw and understood; I did it and I learned it”. This quote from Confucius clearly represents how the most innovative educational centers understand school spaces. Undoubtedly, current events require an adaptation of educational spaces to the new, more experiential, digitized and motivating pedagogical models.
Appearance of one of the patios of the Colegio Santo Tomás, in Sant Boi de Llobegat, before and after Efebé’s participation.
The design of learning spaces has a direct effect on the education of students. The company Grupo Efebé, specialized in the design, adaptation and maintenance of work spaces, health centers, environments for the elderly, educational centers and offices, coordinates, among others, projects for the transformation of educational spaces, to adapt them to new ways of learning.
These begin with a personalized co-creation process for each center, which allows knowing what the needs of the students and teaching staff are, and what values they identify with, with the aim of transforming the spaces based on this specific information.
Fluid Learning Spaces
In order to promote inclusive, innovative and healthy learning through spaces, “we focus on students when making any decision,” says Anna Fornt, director of Grupo Efebé. The schools are committed to educational innovation, and take into account the trends in the sector: digitization, the integration of sustainability in the educational program, energy-efficient buildings, a learning experience based on experimentation, etc.
The transformation projects of educational centers and the rethinking of interior and exterior spaces adapt the new educational needs through the Fluid Learning Spaces (FluAp Spaces), a holistic concept of school spaces, validated by the Binomial Technopedagogy, the SMART seal and the Tr@ms Foundation. It is a systematic and versatile alternative, through which each space allows many different ways of working.
It consists of different spaces, articulated according to the six learning processes: Debate, Reflection, Collaboration, Research, Experimentation and Creativity.
´Aspect of one of the patios of the Colegio Santo Tomás, in Sant Boi de Llobegat, before and after the participation of Efebé.
Versatile locally made school furniture
Every educational center must have equipment that is in accordance with the new forms of learning. Grupo Efebé’s furniture catalog provides the best solutions designed and selected to guarantee innovation, creativity and experiential acquisition.
With a design tailored to the needs of each school, the furniture manufactured by the Grupo Efebé company has the seal of guarantee of safety, health and creativity, selected with criteria of sustainability, ergonomics, comfort, durability, aesthetics, safety and hygiene. In fact, it is made of three-ply fir wood, and is PEFC-certified, good-aging materials and non-toxic varnishes, with no volatile emissions.
Through FluAp projects, circular economy criteria are followed to reuse existing furniture and extend its useful life. One way to optimize this furniture is Restyling Efebé, a key aspect in the furnishing process. It offers a new life to products by improving their current characteristics with touch-ups in the coating and original materials, in order to obtain a hygienic, aesthetic and comfortable result, always in accordance with the regulations of the sector.
The integration of sustainability
Projects to adapt educational spaces manage to reduce energy consumption through efficient techniques and systems that improve the educational environment for both students and teaching staff. In addition, the use of natural, healthy and environmentally friendly materials is essential.
Thus, the sustainable adaptation of a school building, which contributes to energy savings, can be carried out through various methods: thermal insulation, air renewal systems to guarantee good indoor air quality, the use of natural light or of water, etc., all of them increasingly intrinsic to educational projects.
The naturalization of spaces, a success story of Grupo Efebé
One of the latest projects of the multidisciplinary team of Grupo Efebé has been the adaptation of the kindergarten playground of the Santo Tomàs School, in Sant Boi de Llobregat. Reinforcing the center’s identity through its corporate values and elements, the Catalan company has created an educational outdoor environment, as if it were just another learning space. The new 200 m² playground is a leisure space, in which symbolic elements of play and learning have been incorporated, designed so that children in early childhood education have fun, interact and learn.
Likewise, it also consists of a pedagogical school garden, a didactic tool that allows to generate experiential experiences beyond the four walls of the classroom, thus promoting education, awareness and environmental awareness. In addition, it enhances biodiversity, awakens interest in flora and fauna among children and generates in them a feeling of belonging and responsibility.
The courtyard has always been understood as a recreational space; Now, for some time now, this notion has begun to evolve towards innovation, exclusivity and security. Educating in an outdoor environment such as the playground activates the cognitive development of children and helps to expand their capacity for observation and experimentation, through experiential learning.
Confidence, socialization, communication or teamwork are some of the skills that are learned in these dynamic and open environments. It often happens through symbolic play, “playing to be”, a form of entertainment based on imitating adult roles in different daily actions. We give them access to the appropriate material and equipment to let them experiment with their imagination (houses, cars, kitchenettes, etc.), without limiting stereotypes and taking advantage of each of the elements of the playground, regardless of the gender of each boy or girl.
An essential aspect in educational centers is to instill physical and mental health in students. At this stage, they are not aware of the importance of both; for this reason, exercises should be done that become routines, and that help them learn by moving, exercising the body and the mind.