CILIFO Project and its accelerator Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO commemorate International Education Day

  • The 2nd edition of the MOOC course “Attention to diversity in emergencies in the forest environment” of the ONCE Foundation is now open.
  • From February, Finnova will hold several training webinars on EU Funds applied to the scope of the CILIFO Project.

24.01.2021.International Education Day has been celebrated since 2019, the year in which the United Nations General Assembly decided to dedicate every 24 January to education as an essential human right for global development. The theme of this year 2021, as a consequence of the global pandemic, is “reclaiming and revitalising education for the Covid-19 generation”.

Education enables people to realise their full potential and is therefore considered key to achieving many of the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda aims to “protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of people everywhere”, according to the United Nations website. SDG 4 is especially dedicated to education, as it aims to “ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, as stated on the SDG website; it emphasises the direct link between the acquisition of technical and professional skills; and access to decent work and the acquisition of more sustainable lifestyles.

One of the pillars of the “Centro Ibérico para la Investigación y Lucha contra Incendios Forestales” (CILIFO) project is training. CILIFO combines the theoretical training system with a more practical system, so that workers are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge during a forest fire.

Next steps in training (CILIFO):

Currently, and as a sign of the firm commitment of the CILIFO Project and its partnership with education and training, registration is open for the second edition of the online MOOC course “Attention to diversity in emergencies in the forest environment”, organised by the ONCE Foundation (beneficiary of the project), which will allow students to learn about the most vulnerable groups of people in an emergency, what special needs they may have and how to achieve more effective communication in these cases. In addition, the guidelines to be followed for the guidance of blind people or the evacuation of people with reduced mobility will be put into practice.

Registration for the course is now open and can be done at the following link:
More information about the MOOC:

In addition, throughout the months of February, March, April and May, various training events will be held by other partners of the Project. Thus, the Finnova Foundation is planning to hold several training webinars during this period. The first of these, scheduled for mid-February, will focus on the NextGeneration EU* European funds and will be aimed at the CILIFO area of action (Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia).

*NextGeneration EU is an instrument designed to boost economic recovery after the impact of Covid-19 in the European Union and, as stated on the European Commission’s website, is considered “the largest stimulus package ever funded”. The deadline for registering for this vent will be published shortly. Likewise, different events are planned as part of the EU Green Week, which will take place between 3 May and 13 June 2021 and will be devoted to the ambition of achieving zero pollution.

Beatriz Martínez Muñoz
European Projects and Communication Officer at the Finnova Foundation


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