Andrea Muñoz, student at Escola Pia Balmes in Barcelona, won the sixteenth edition of the Peace Research Award given to projects in upper secondary education schools, held every year by the University of Barcelona with the support from UB Solidarity Foundation and the Institute for Professional Development ( IDP-ICE ). Her project is La reinserció de les persones sense sostre a la societat, and it studies the situation of homeless people in Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, as well as the different programs, projects, services and entities that help them and contribute to their social inclusion. The jury, formed by teaching staff of the University, decided to award the prize to this research study "for the approach of a close reality in a difficult context, with a clear support of the topic in the local field, through the radiography of different districts of Barcelona". The jury has also praised the rigour and critical reasoning in the project, the pertinent use of graphics that provide quality data and the way in which the study contributes to provide with content the professional and citizen involvement in favour of social inclusion.
The award, which aims to promote education for peace in upper secondary schools and to reinforce the culture of peace from the research perspective, was awarded on Wednesday, June 2, in a virtual ceremony on the Youtube channel of the University of Barcelona. Both the awarded student and her high school received, respectively, an prize accounting for 500 euros.
The jury also awarded seven special mentions to the projects: Genocidis, by Laura Sánchez, from Institut Pere Ribot in Vilassar de Mar; Casa nostra és casa vostra, by Andrea Chavarri, from Institut Manuel de Montsuar in Lleida; L’actuació policial en les protestes post-sentència, by Arnau Plana, from Institut Salvador Espriu in Salt; El papel de la interpretación lingüística en conflictos, by Irene Gartziandia, from Institut Ernest Lluch in Barcelona; Aproximación a las culturas del África negra a través de sus literaturas, by Manep Tchoumo-Nounjio, from Escola Pia Balmes in Barcelona; Capitalism’s incompatibility with human rights’ compliance, by Bianca Carrera, from Institut Santa Eulàlia in Hospitalet de Llobregat, and Inclusió social: realitat o utopia?, by Roger Tordera, from Institut Antoni Pous i Argila in Manlleu.
Also, the Joan Gomis Prize, given by the City Council of Santa Coloma de Gremenet to the top peace research study in this city, has been given to Integració dels indígenes canadencs a la societat contemporània, by Maria Martínez, from Institut Numància. Moreover, the special award by the Regional Council of Garraf, which awards the top peace research of this region, was declared null.
The Wednesday ceremony was presided by the rector of the UB, Joan Guàrdia. Other participants were Montserrat Puig, vice-rector for Equal Opportunities and Gender of the University of Barcelona, representing the UB Solidarity Foundation; Maria Rosa Buxarrais Estrada, director of IDP-ICE; Carme Panchón, tenured lecturer at the Department of Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education of the UB, representin the jury, and the awarded student.