In the context of the project: Strengthening of social inclusion practices and citizenship training in children and adolescents in the Peñalolén Commune and trough weekly workshops, environmental care and respect for human rights were related. Establishing a rights-based approach in the care of the educational environment was to establish a relationship between plant care and personal care. In this way, the children, adolescents, teachers and food handlers of Tobalaba School implemented a vegetable garden inside the establishment were the children and adolescents were responsible for its maintenance and the food handlers for the compost bins.

During the development of the program, all the students of the school were involved. At the end of the stage, and agreement was initiated with municipality’s waste collectors to collect paper and cardboard.

2nd Version of the Energy and Environment Olympics, November 9, 2018.


As part of the Local Energy Strategy and the Environmental Education initiatives carried out by the Municipality of Peñalolén, the 2nd version of the Energy and Environment Olympics organized by the Municipality and PAR Explora Sur Oriente of CONICYT (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research) was held.

The activity aims to promote topics related to energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental care in the students of the schools of the commune. The Olympics are also aimed at the general public and during the event, attendees were able to visit the Eco Park, tour the Fair and participate in entertaining workshops and activities. The Tobalaba School participated with its workshops “Derecho a vivir en un ambiente sano” (Right to live in a healthy environment) and its experience with the production of worn humus for the improvement of the soil in its school garden. Environmental workshops with a right-based approach conducted during 2016 and 2017 that PIDEE Foundation supported as a part of its projects.

Installation of solar panels at Tobalaba School, 4 September 2018

Representatives of the Ministry of Energy, Education, authorities of the Municipality of Peñalolén, directors and teachers of the Tobalaba School began the installation of solar panels at the school. A decision that will provide greater autonomy and, above all, greater awareness in the use of the school’s natural resources.

PIDEE Foundation was part of this instance in the framework of the follow-up of the project: Environmental Workshops with rights-based approach carried out during 2016 and 2017.



During the installation of the solar panels, the enthusiasm, organization and learning of the children participating in a space for experimental education, practical work and direct contact with the nature was evident. The students learned to see themselves represented in the environment. At the same time transmitting the care of the environment through respect, care and development of critical thinking. Likewise, they are able to work as a team and solve conflicts in a friendly way. The right to live in a healthy environment has been one of the commitments of the PIDEE Foundation’s Active Educational Schools program. The Tobalaba School in Peñalolén, meanwhile, is a space open to the creation of different spaces for motivation and learning, such socio-educational workshops.



Teaching children about their rights is an indispensable tool for initiating change that incorporates all human rights. Under this premise, PIDEE Foundation worked developing workshops on human rights education, linking them to environmental issues, through participation and cultural identity. To educate from human rights approach is to invite people to think in order to understand the meaning of human life and its relationship with the environment. Integrating children’s rights in the classroom implies making certain changes in our practices in order to sensitize our environment to build a better future. 

 The Environmental Education workshop was held at the Primer Agua G439 School at Tirúa, where the implementation of the recycling system was carried out: Clean Point for inorganic waste and Compost Bins for organic waste. A concrete alternative for the school community to take part in the care of their environment and reinforce the relationship that the Mapuche Lavkenche people have with the nature. This initiative had the participation of the board of directors, teachers, food handlers, assistants and the 167 children who attend the school.

Recycling protocol, environmental education workshops for teachers, parents, representatives and students of Primer Agua G439 School were developed.

The project was monitored and the recycled material was removed monthly and deposited at a Clean Point in the city of Temuco.

 Dissemination. A diptych was designed in Spanish and Mapudungun. There was participation in community events with an environmental stand and Trawun inside the school for evaluation purposes.