More than a hundred teachers from the island attended this Thursday, in the Assembly Hall of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, the inauguration of the 1st Congress “Teachers for the Biosphere”, organized by the Education area of the island corporation and the Teacher Center (CEP) of Lanzarote, dependent on the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The Minister of Education of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, Myriam Barros, expressed her wish that this first Congress, which will last until this Saturday the 12th, will be followed by “many more in the future” and highlighted the importance of training the new generations respecting and protecting the environment.
For her part, the Minister of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands, Manuela Armas, recalled that sustainability must be built and pointed out that “schools can be the place from which a multitude of boys and girls start to spread the message of a new relationship with the environment, with others and with ourselves”. In addition, she recognized the work of teaching advice and support of the Canary Islands teacher training centers “which sometimes goes unnoticed by public opinion” and thanked the Minister of Education of the Cabildo for her contribution to the celebration of this Congress.
The director of the Teacher Training Center (CEP) of Lanzarote, Flor Alonso, welcomed the authorities present, among whom were the Deputy Minister of Education, Universities and Sports, María Dolores Rodríguez, the general director of Planning, Innovation and Quality , Gregorio Cabrera, the insular director of Education, Celeste Callero, and the Minister of Industry and Energy of the Cabildo and national deputy, Ariagona González.
After the projection of an online greeting from the ethologist and messenger of Peace for the UN, Jane Godall, it was the turn of the journalist and historical disseminator, winner of the Ondas award, Golden Microphone and author of numerous successful books, Nieves Concostrina, who delved into the concealment of female achievements throughout the ages.
Before a full capacity, their “covered and outstanding” paraded through the Assembly Hall of the Cabildo: Concepción Arenal (the first woman to enter the Central University of Madrid, as a listener, for which she had to disguise herself as a man); Dolores Aleu (the first Spanish woman to obtain a doctorate in Medicine and practice); María Lejárraga (author of the entire literary work signed by her husband, Gregorio Martínez Sierra); Edy Lamarr, (Hollywood actress and engineer, inventor of the spread spectrum mechanism, basis of modern Wi-Fi); Rosalind Frankling (chemist and responsible for the first photograph of DNA, which allowed its subsequent definition by three researchers who won the Nobel Prize); Carmen de Burgos (journalist, the first professional in Spain to cover an international war conflict and organizer of the first feminist demonstration in Spanish history); Sophie Berthelot (chemist and first woman buried in the pantheon of Illustrious Men of France, along with her husband) and Marie Curie (chemist and Nobel Prize winner twice).
The I Congress “Teachers for the Biosphere” will continue this Friday and Saturday, with two days dedicated to the role of teaching in the new culture of sustainability, the control of natural resources and the exhibition of examples of good practices in educational centers of the island, IES Haría, CEIP Costa Teguise and IES Altavista, together with an institute from Iceland.
In addition, the expert industrial engineer in renewable energies, Jorge Morales de Labra; the doctor in Chemistry and researcher of the Institute of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources of the ULPGC, Rayco Guedes; the Maldita.es journalist, Maribel Ángel-Moreno; and the architect and urban planner, María Tomé.
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The I Congress ‘Teachers for the Biosphere’ brings together more than a hundred teachers