The UPV is taking part once again in the des d’Escoles en Valencià (regional school gatherings to promote the use of Valencian), by organising a workshop aimed at children and young people, as part of a celebration of “the love of the language”─serving both as an act of reclamation and recreation─held by schools of each region to promote both education in Valencian and its social use.
This year, the name of UPV workshop organised by the SPNL is “El molinet de vent” (Windmills). Windmills have been used for many centuries, since many tasks can be effortlessly carried out with them; what's more, without causing pollution. They work in a simple way: the wind pushes the blades that revolve around an axis to which they are linked, thereby transmitting energy.
The energy generated will be used in many different ways, depending on the mechanism the mill is linked to. The most common uses of windmills down through history to the present day are grinding cereal grains (in the case of flour mills, such as in Javea), extraction of water from wells (water mills), and generation of electricity (wind farms). Wind energy is considered to be renewable and eco-friendly, "which helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by replacing power plants run on fossil fuels, which can be considered a kind of green energy".
At the Trobades d’Escoles en Valencià, children of all ages learn, draw, read, experience, build, look, speak, sing... and have fun. Organised by the Escola Valenciana, with the slogan “Escola Valenciana, la nostra escola” (“Valencian School, our school”), they are "focused on the defence of the school which produces the best academic results: the school in Valencian, a model which has been established basically in the public education system. It is a school with participative parents, a school of educational communities with their own values in favour of a Valencian society which knows how to rise to the occasion, despite the actions of the educational authorities".
From April 5 to June 15, the UPV workshop will take place as part of these gatherings.
Since 2001, the UPV has been participating in these encounters with workshops on the following subjects: the star, the sundial, the periscope, the solar system, the recycling box, the circle of Newton, the planisphere, the zoetrope, the tangram 3Rs, the spectroscope, matching games, a sustainable city, a landscape of Estellés, and, in 2014, the windmill.
Further information: Linguistic Normalisation and Promotion Service (www.upv.es/bondia).