This week, in the city of Elche, the second meeting of 'Se Buscan Gigantes' took place. The main objective of the organisation: to create a space for students and political authorities to meet, while encouraging the participation of young people.
The event, inaugurated by Mariola Galiana, Councillor for Cooperation of the Elche City Council, was also attended by Toñi Serna, Regional Secretary for Cooperation and Lourdes Mirón, President of Jovesólides. In addition, the students of Haygón, Alicante and Tirant Lo Blanc, Elche, secondary schools were also able to listen to Iker Avellanal, a young climate activist and representative of the Save Animal Movement. Upon taking the stage, he invited young people to empower themselves and to work to change the world 'starting today to build an empathetic future'.
The Director General for Participation, María Jesús Pérez, the Councillor for Equality, Mariano Valera, and the Councillor for the Environment, Esther Díez, also took part in the event, in which the voices of the students were the key focus.
Amidst excitement and nerves, the students presented their proposals on a wide range of topics at the House of Congress in Elche. The students developed solutions to environmental, social inclusion, cooperation and equality issues under the watchful eye of policy makers.
Small big proposals from giants
Within the environmental sector, the students called for a change in behaviour as an essential climate action through incentives that generate environmental well-being that can be replicated at a global level. They also launched a proposal to address a very topical issue: the recycling of face masks.
The students also focused their work in the classroom on the area of participation. And this was translated into proposals to promote the real social inclusion of all people. In this line, the students proposed the eradication of all types of racist discrimination in schools through creative actions. In addition, they expressed their concern about bullying at school, and they stressed to the political authorities the need to establish measures for prevention, help for victims and care for aggressors.
Another of the issues raised in the campaign was how to put an end to poverty. In Spain, severe poverty will exceed 10% of the population after the Covid-19 crisis, according to the latest report on inequality published by Oxfam Intermón. The students demanded a commitment from the administration towards vulnerable people and the implementation of social protection to reduce the social and economic impact of the pandemic.
Finally, real gender equality was also claimed by the young adults. They demanded the need for an educational practice based on equality so that discrimination does not take place in the classrooms. They also advocated for sustainable development, but with a 'necessary' gender perspective.
The programme 'Se Buscan Gigantes: un proyecto para fomentar el activismo en la juventud valenciana’ is an initiative that is possible with the support of the Regional Ministry of Participation, which is carried out in different educational centres of the Valencian Community. The objective: to encourage the importance and participation of Valencian youth in the search for solutions towards more sustainable, egalitarian and tolerant societies.
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