Certificates

Social Impact Projects

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As part of the Social entrepreneurship Certificate, Forward students have to implement social impact projects: creating viable solutions to real-world challenges in education, gender equality, responsible consumption, or something else the students are passionate about.

Discover our students’ projects: 

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Considering that irresponsible consumption plays a vital role in furthering environmental and social issues we concern ourselves with making consumption more sustainable in Lisbon. This project aims to tackle the misconception surrounding sustainable consumption being more expensive amongst international students in Lisbon. They are doing this by creating brochures featuring sustainable and affordable places to shop and to eat.

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The city of Lisbon, renowned for its vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes, faces a significant challenge during the summer months: excessive heat. This not only affects the comfort of its residents but also poses a health risk, particularly to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions. The project Oásis Urbano (Urban Oasis) is aimed at combating urban heat by creating shaded, green spaces in the city of Lisbon. In collaboration with local partners, this initiative seeks to provide a cool respite for Lisbon’s most vulnerable residents during the scorching summer months, ensuring that everyone has the chance to gather and connect.

 

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Many large cities throughout the world have issues with trash management. The negative effects of improper waste disposal range from aesthetic concerns to environmental hazards. While it manages its trash better than some large cities, Lisbon still struggles with trash and litter. This project is working on reducing single-use plastic cups by piloting a deposit system in a problematic area of Lisbon.

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Project WaterSmart Golf aims to tackle the issue of water mismanagement in Lisbon, where 10% of clean water is dedicated to golf courses, by advocating for a change in mindsets towards sustainability of golf course managers. To do this, the team is working together with a local Golf Course and hosting a webinar to promote sustainable practices in the sector.

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Sexual Education in Portugal is taught as part of the curriculum of the citizenship and development course by the class teachers. Since the majority of the teacher’s teaching this class are not trained to teach sex education, they feel underprepared and might be challenged addressing the topic in class. This project is currently working together with teachers and schools to improve their experience when teaching sex education in public schools in Lisbon. They are tackling this issue by creating a handbook that will work as a toolkit to ease the process of research and planning for teachers.

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Greenwheels aims to empower Benfica’s schools for eco-friendly commutes and grapple with the broader issue of poor air quality in Lisbon. Through close cooperation with the Parish Council (Freguesia), the organisation is in the process of implementing initiatives and measures to mobilize parents to switch to sustainable modes of transportation when dropping their children off at schools. The organisation hopes to have a long-term and sustainable impact on the behavior and mindsets of the target group by conducting research to thoroughly understand their needs, thereby creating effective and lasting solutions that will make a difference.

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