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A UPCT student conducts a study that favors the creation of routes for children to walk to their schools (13/01/2020)

The student of the Degree in Business Administration and Management of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Manuel Haro Carrascosa, has developed for his Final Degree Project (TFG), a study that facilitates the implementation of a healthy experience for students elementary school, such as the School Paths in pedibus mode.

At the same time the research proposes proposals for improvement to the project.

This work has been carried out thanks to the collaboration of the Association for Sustainable Mobility Vía Libre CT, through its coordinator José Ángel Vivancos Román.

Vía Libre CT is the driving force, together with the addresses of two educational centers and their AMPAS, of the project 'Walking to the Cartagena Cartagena';

whose main objective is to encourage sustainable mobility in the city of Cartagena, through the realization of routes so that children can walk to their schools in a safe, autonomous, healthy and environmentally friendly way.

During the last academic year 2018-2019, a first pilot experience was carried out, which was added by the Department of Education of the City of Cartagena, in which students from 4th, 5th and 6th grade of primary schools in Cartagena participated, CEIP Virgen de Begoña and Narval College.

This project aims to contribute to increase the quality of life of all people living in Cartagena through the improvement in urban mobility, the reduction of the negative consequences that traffic has on health (especially childhood, of our @s elderly and people with cardiorespiratory diseases) and the environment, but also wishes to promote the non-polluting sustainable displacement and autonomy of girls and boys in their usual displacements giving children the possibility to express their wishes at the time of travel.

The analysis carried out addresses in a first phase a study of the main variables that have a negative and positive influence on the viability of the project.

Among the positive ones, it is worth highlighting the support offered by the City Council of Cartagena, the small size of the city or the greater environmental awareness of citizens, however, among the variables that jeopardize the viability of the project, the great difficulty of achieving changes in the mobility habits of society towards non-polluting and more sustainable modes of travel.

Subsequently, within this first phase, similar experiences were analyzed that are currently being developed successfully in other Spanish locations, identifying in each case the key success factors.

Then, with all the documentation collected in the first phase of the project, the second phase began, which consisted of collecting information on the families of the centers where the pilot experience was being developed, CEIP Virgen de Begoña and Narval College, both from the municipality of Cartagena.

For this purpose, a survey was designed in which it was desired to obtain, among others, data related to the distance between the school and housing, of the students, the usual way of traveling to the school, whether or not they are in company, interest in participate and / or collaborate in the project, etc.

Finally, 221 surveys were obtained, which allowed an adequate number of data to be available which, after being analyzed, allowed for proposals for improvement to help the project be successfully extended to more schools in Cartagena.

In the realization of this Final Project, the teaching innovation methodology 'Service Learning' has been used;

which consists in using the knowledge and skills that the student has acquired in the degree to provide a service to society.

The ApS is an ideal methodology to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically this work, contributes to the achievement of SDG 3-Health and Welfare, SDG 7-Affordable and Non-Pollutant Energy and SDG 11-Sustainable Cities .

The work has been directed by Professor Mª Eugenia Sánchez Vidal and Professor David Cegarra Leiva, from the Faculty of Business Sciences of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena.

The work has been qualified with outstanding and proposed for honors.

Source: UPCT

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