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CHILE: Students from Salesian Educational Center research water quality

Salesian Educational Center students research water quality

Project presented at exhibition for service learning


(MissionNewswire) Students from the Salesian Educational Center in Talca, Chile, presented the “Analysis of Water Quality in Nearby Rivers or Bodies of Water” project at a recent exhibition for educational environmental innovation associated with service learning. The presentations of the Salesian students and other local high school students took place at the Enrique Maldonado Sepúlveda Higher Institute of Commerce. The event was organized by the Innovation Network for the Professional Technical Educational Transformation.

A Salesian explained, “The students, advised by their teacher Nicolás Ulloa Ravello, carried out exhaustive research on the quality of water in rivers and bodies of water near Talca, Colbún and San Clemente. This involved taking samples from various water sources, including rivers, springs, canals, groundwater, rain and bodies of stagnant water. They grew microorganisms from these samples and analyzed the nutrient levels, focusing mainly on nitrogen and phosphate levels. The findings are presented in a research paper, offering a complete view of water quality in the region.”

The exhibition not only showcased the students’ work but served to strengthen service learning experiences. This method of education combines learning processes and community service in which students help address real needs in the environment.

The Salesian added, “The students are looking for funding to continue the water analysis project to achieve improvement in the areas where the project was carried out. They aim to continue the study and focus their efforts on environmental care.”

Salesian missionaries provide education and social development programs for poor youth in Chile. Once finished with primary and secondary school, students can advance for higher education. Salesian technical schools cater to students who have dropped out of school and are seeking a second chance. In many programs, students complete their education while engaging in internships with local employers. This increases the students’ hands-on work experience and ability to gain livable wage employment after their studies are completed.

According to the World Bank, Chile has a fairly low poverty rate of less than 10%. However, Chile struggles with high rates of income and education inequality. Salesian missionaries working in Chile focus their efforts on providing education and social services to poor and at-risk youth. At Salesian schools, universities and youth centers throughout the country, youth can access an education as well as the skills and resources necessary to break the cycle of poverty.



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Don Bosco Green Alliance – Project on Water Quality was presented as a service-learning experience

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