Closing ceremony for the “Young people for the young people” project at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

With the support of Red Eléctrica, the Helsinki España Foundation carried out this human rights education project, in which 30 universities participated on a voluntary basis and which involved approximately 500 students in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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This past 4 May, the closing ceremony was held in the Rectory of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the “Young people for the young people” project, an initiative in which Red Eléctrica participated to promote better understanding of Human Rights among secondary school students with the help of university students.

Those attending the closing ceremony included the Deputy Secretary for Industry, Energy, and Trade for the Government of the Canary Islands, Adrián Mendoza; the Executive Director for Universities of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ciro Gutiérrez; the Vice Chancellor of Students and Sport for the University of Las Palmas, Antonio S. Ramos; the Director of Institutional Relations and Education for Helsinki España, Noemi Becerra; and the Manager of Institutional Relations Department of Red Eléctrica de España, Fernando Crespo.

This initiative, which was conducted for the first time in Gran Canaria, involved 72 workshops conducted by 30 volunteer university students, which were attended by more than 460 secondary school students. The goal of these workshops was to educate the younger generation on values including tolerance, equality, non-discrimination, and sustainable energy.

This Human Rights education project, which began in November 2016, involved providing academic training on Human Rights to 30 under-30 volunteer university students on the Canary Islands who, during the school day at five secondary school centres taught values such as tolerance, non-discrimination, equality, and sustainable energy for a society that is global, interdependent, free, peaceful, pluralistic, and inclusive.