The Snake Game: a fun and sustainable road to school

The Snake Game is an initiative that combines sustainability and healthy habits. It is a project developed by the Jaen Council, which has been awarded the Good Local Practices for Climate Prize given by the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces. For two weeks, students receive training and information with the purpose of encouraging them to use sustainable means of transportation go to school. Their progress is reflected in a snake-shaped mural, and, in addition, they are given rewards such as longer breaks of getting to choose a movie.

Bilingual education improves teaching in all subjects, according to the largest European study

The University of Jaén has led Spain’s first study about bilingualism in regions that have only one official language. Twelve universities have participated, including those from Andalucía, the Canary Islands and Extremadura, as well as 53 other centers and more than 3,000 people, including students, families and teachers. It has concluded that a bilingual education benefits students’ understanding of a second language as well as their comprehension in the rest of their studies.

The Super Turtles: from young people at risk of social exclusion to self-esteem champions

The Super Turtles are a group of eight high school students with five different nationalities that live in a depressed neighbourhood of San Juan de Aznalfarache, in Seville. Their accomplishment? Making it to the Spanish final of the popular science and robotics contest First Lego League. Their award? An experience that has increased their motivation for their studies, and mostly, an attitude that is hard to find in young people at risk of social exclusion and that makes them to be confident about achieving all the goals they set themselves. Centres with difficulties, like the San Juan High School, have counted on the financial support of the Andalusian Government and Vodafone Spain to cover the expenses generated by the participation on this contest.