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Escola Secundária João de Deus

The goal of the living-lab project developed by this school community was to make teenagers co-responsible for their food choices.
Societal actors
Public authorities, School, Science center
Subjects
Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship, Earth or Space sciences, Economics, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Maths, Philosophy, Physical education, Physics, Sociology, Technology
Societal challenges
Environment, Food security, nutrition
Age Group
15-18

The school belongs to the School Group João de Deus and is located in Faro (Algarve), 300 km south of Lisbon. The school has about 700 students, from 15 to 18 years old.

This school has actively participated in the pilot phase of SALL. The students involved in the project wanted to make others aware of the food’s impact, for their health and in the world. The goal of their living-lab project was to make teenagers co-responsible for their food choices, as teenage years are the period where their autonomy is growing and related health problems begin to emerge.

‘Protect your health: avoid food safety hazards!’

Project partnerships have always been a tradition in this school. Therefore, students had the opportunity to work with a nutritionist and a professor at the University of Algarve. Their collaboration was essential in raising awareness, training, and supporting the project.
The work took place during the last three months of the school year. 53 students researched on food hazards and ways to minimize them, following the categories established by the Food and Economic Safety Authority (ASAE) and the nine Fundamental Strategic Objectives of the Future CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).

The main goals were:

  • To contribute to the co-responsibility in healthy and sustainable food consumption;
  • To influence, through conscious consumption, a more environmental-friendly food production.

The final outcome is a video recorded by several students and one teacher, disseminating key messages. The video will be shown at events organized by the school community.

Contact

Gisela Oliveira
National coordinator, Ciência Viva
Mail
School website