Stefania Bertolini IT

stefaniaShe has been working for more than two decades on issues related to environmental education and sustainability, a passion born from childhood when she passed several months a year in the mountains. She has a degree in biology, has a PhD in Environmental Education in 2010 and earned a Masters in Research Methods in Education. She coordinated, 2000-2005, Master of Environmental Education for the promotion of sustainable development in collaboration with the Department of Education of the University of Bologna. Since 2002 she is an official of the Service Communication, Education and Sustainability, Tools for the participation of Emilia-Romagna Region and since 2011 teaches Theory and Practice of Life Sciences at the University of Verona.

For fifteen years she has been working with children and young people, teachers and citizens, schools and municipalities. Designing and implementing educational activities to discover nature and environments of people’s lives, focusing on the recognition of the complexity like a paradigm of reality in which we live.

She managed (1996-2002) activities and educational projects for the Regional Park of Monteveglio (Bologna) and training courses for teachers and for municipalities, environmental education centers and vocational training. She is the author of publications on education, experience and methodologies in environmental education.

Her passion, since 1987, is  caving –as a sport and as a science– with the Italian Speleology Society, the Institute of Geology of the University of Bologna and the University of Mexico City: she took part in an expedition in the forest of the state of Oaxaca ( Mexico) in 1991. From 1990 to 1994 she founded and operated in a social cooperative using the experience of the adventure in the cave, in the mountains, along streams, for the recovery of adolescents at risk of delinquency.

Its working methods are based on the idea of a complex environment that you can learn to understand only through the direct observation of the interactions among its elements; the training processes that she elaborates on are aimed at creating a flexible mind, creative and open, that knows to deal with the multiplicity of points of view for the constantly changing contemporary world. All educational activities, according to her, should enhance the exchange and interaction with the other, because every living being exists as part of a system that only works if we are able to (re) learn and ” put on the net ” all its components. The role of education today is to consider membership in a web of global interdependencies as the only appropriate condition to ensure and improve the quality of life of individuals and communities.