Lovely to meet with you, Elena, please tell us about your organisation.
Thank you. I am a collaborator within Polo Europeo della Conoscenza (European Pole of Knowledge) https://www.europole.org/en/ a national public body and network of educational institutions administered by Istituto Comprensivo di Bosco Chiesanuova (ICDB). Our primary tasks in the PROTEIN project are to boost health and well-being among young and vulnerable populations and to contribute to the large-scale system validation of the project which involves these target groups.
Last year we started an awareness campaign called “Eat well to feel well” involving students from catering schools as trainers around healthy nutrition for pupils in primary schools. We are managing an Erasmus Plus school-to-school exchange project of best practice entitled “We are what we eat,” involving about 5000 students between the ages of 10 to 15 from across Italy, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Romania.
We held an interesting on the 10th of October 2020, in spite of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We organized a conference in Verona entitled “The good Proteins of the school” involving teachers and policy makers across several levels: a representative of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture (Renato Girelli), the vice-minister of education and research (Anna Ascani) and the directors of provincial and regional departments of education participated with and gave speeches.
To implement the validation phase, we are collaborating with other PROTEIN partners to develop educational videogames on healthy nutrition and well-being. These games will be used by trained teachers to implement lessons on food and heath topics to students between 12 and18 years old.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our awareness campaign to some extent, but we will continue to implement planned activities with the online teaching.
Another target group of our activities is vulnerable populations, including seniors and people with disabilities. We have involved students with disabilities in a national contest for catering schools (“Diverse Catering”) which drew more than 200 participants from 24 different schools. We have prepared training on the use of PROTEIN application which will be implemented in collaboration with the University of the Third Age within the Veneto Region of Italy and with the support of associations for people with disabilities as soon as we have the opportunity to meet face to face in Italy.