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Charitable enrolment: for just 10 euros per semester, together we can promote these cooperation projects

20   June   2017

Donations for social and cooperation projects receive an IRPF (income tax) deduction.

Donations for social and cooperation projects receive an IRPF (income tax) deduction.

When you enrol, you have the option of making a financial donation of €10, which will be allocated to projects and activities to promote cooperation for development and social inclusion on the part of the UOC.

The principal mission of universities is education and research; however, in an interconnected and global environment, they also have a responsibility to contribute to human development. For this reason, the UOC works with institutions and organizations around the world to improve the systems of higher education and research in the countries of origin, in order to guarantee future opportunities, progress in society and sustainable development that is able to reduce poverty and inequality.

During the 2016/2017 academic year, thanks to student donations, the charitable enrolment totalled 28,086 euros, making it possible to promote the following projects and activities on the part of Globalization and Cooperation.

RefugeESuoc project

Part of the University’s social volunteering programme, RefugeESuoc is a group made up of Social Education bachelor's degree students who, around October 2015, met to respond to the so-called refugee crisis.

They offer mentoring services to provide future opportunities to refugees and prevent them from discrimination, social exclusion and stigmatization. RefugeESuoc implements actions and holds educational workshops for all ages and offers direct care services and social and educational mentoring for refugees.

Grant programme for refugees

In February 2017, the first extraordinary call for grants for refugees took place. Twenty-five refugees and asylum seekers from Syria, who had to interrupt their studies because of the armed and political conflict in their country of origin, took part in a pilot project that offered language tuition at the UOC Centre for Modern Languages.

Right to Food Week

Right to Food Week is in line with one of the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, "Zero hunger", which aims to eradicate hunger. Every year, during the last week of November, the UOC organizes Right to Food Week: Six days of activities focused on raising awareness about the universal right to food, improving nutrition and food safety, as well as the importance of sustainability, so that we can feed ourselves without exhausting resources or harming the environment.

Scratch, a UOC social project

This project was developed by the Inventa group of the Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications and Globalization and Cooperation. It aims to offer Scratch, a tool created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to young children and teenagers with difficulties and without resources or who are risk of exclusion as a way of initiating them into the world of programming and computational thinking. The hope is to reduce the digital, social, economic and gender divide.

It offers a training course for professionals and volunteers of organizations, institutions and universities or schools who work with children, teenagers or groups who are vulnerable or at the risk of exclusion in Catalonia, the rest of Spain and Latin America, so that they can apply the skills they have acquired in their communities.

HOW TO COLLABORATE

At present, although most of the funding for cooperation and development actions comes from the University’s own funds, in order to guarantee that these projects are able to continue and open up alternative forms of involvement in social and cooperation actions, we need the University community to help us in two ways:

  • By checking the "UOC cooperation donation" option during the enrolment process. (Donation of 10 euros)
  • By doing voluntary work on the UOC volunteer programmes (RefugeESuoc and the Scratch project) or on other national or international projects in which the UOC is collaborating.

The hours devoted to volunteering are recognized with credits for bachelor's degree students.

See all the volunteer programmes

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

RefugeESuoc project

This academic year RefugeESuoc will continue to carry out actions to raise awareness and hold various educational workshops aimed at all ages for schools in Catalonia. Direct care services and social and educational mentoring will be offered to refugee students.

Grant programme for refugees

In June 2017, a second call for grants for refugees will take place, in the form of a pilot project, which will offer 20 grants for language tuition at the Centre for Modern Languages and 16 grants to study specializations at the UOC. This call has the support of organizations such as CEAR, ACCEM and the Catalan Red Cross, together with the mentoring service of RefugeESuoc volunteers.

Right to Food Week

In the final week of November 2017, the UOC will hold the third Right to Food Week, in order to raise awareness about the universal right to food, improving nutrition and food safety, as well as the importance of sustainability, so that we can feed ourselves without exhausting resources or harming the environment.

Scratch, a UOC social project

This academic year we will commence two new training courses, Safety and ICTs in Childhood and Scratch for Arduino, in order to train more volunteers to disseminate Scratch and the development of new technologies and computational thinking among groups with limited resources and to stimulate an interest in computing among children around the world (especially in Spain and Latin America), to help reduce the digital gender divide.

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