Aimed at students enrolled in compulsory primary and secondary education, the Barcelona World Race Educational Programme revolves around following a round-the-world sailing tour, drawing young people to this sports event and allowing them to work on the sea from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Its objectives are:
• To disseminate knowledge and values related to ocean navigation
• To promote the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in the learning process of students.
• To promote a respectful attitude towards the environment in which it takes place: the sea.
• To promote the sport of sailing.
The contents are grouped into the following subject areas:
Allows to gain an understanding of the environment in which the regatta takes place, with a focus on sailing.
The human being:
Familiarises us with the relationship humankind has had with the sea through history. Also delves into the experiences of our skippers during the regatta.
Introduces its basic concepts and provides information on the technology and tools used in navigation.
The 2010-2011 Educational Programme signified a major quantitative leap in terms of the number of centres which have integrated this programme into their class schedule (from 8 schools for the 2007-2008 edition to 132 for the 2010-2011 edition); as a result, and for this edition, the number of students who followed the Race increased by 13,842. Many of the students were also given the opportunity to experience participation through a videoconference held with skippers during the holding of the Barcelona World Race (a total of 1641) and to partake in the Living Planet-Living Ocean competition (6,356 students).
The Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) is currently promoting a programme which features lectures on the subject of the Barcelona World Race, given by skippers who have partaken in the round-the-world sailing tour, the objective being to raise awareness of the Educational Programme and the Regatta itself among students and teachers alike. To date (June 2011 to March 2012) a total of 34 educational centres have been involved, meaning an impact on about 2,200 students. An important finding is that 60% of these schools had not participated in the Educational Programme of the 2010-2011 edition of the Barcelona World Race.
In parallel, during 2012 and coinciding with the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, a competition for schoolchildren was launched (‘Throw your message at the world') to promote reflection on energy consumption and raise awareness of the need to produce sustainable energy.
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