The Piaget Institute won the third prize of the EU Health Award – 2021, with the project “Give the Stage to Health”, in the category of educational institutions. The winners of this prestigious European health award in the field of cancer prevention and mental health were revealed in Brussels, during the annual meeting of the European Union Health Policy Platform.
The project “Give the Stage to Health” is promoted by the Piaget Institute, through RECI (Unit for Research in Education and Community Intervention), in collaboration with i3S/Ipatimup and schools in the municipality of Almada.
The project uses the Forum Theater technique as a methodology for social transformation to improve young people’s literacy about cancer and their critical thinking. This is already after, in a previous phase, an extensive characterization of the perceptions, knowledge and behaviours of hundreds of young people related to cancer prevention was carried out.
The European Union Health Prize awarded several outstanding initiatives carried out by non-governmental organizations and educational institutions that seek to promote communication and health literacy on cancer prevention among children and young people (ages 6 to 24), as well as community initiatives aimed at alleviating the impact of Covid-19 on mental health.
The objective of the award, established by the European Commission, is to raise awareness of the vital role that this type of entity plays in strengthening participatory democracy and active citizenship in public health.
In total, 110 applications were submitted from 15 countries of the European Union, with the European Commission choosing the winners, including the Piaget Institute, based on pre-selected initiatives and evaluated by a jury composed of members of the Commission and external experts.
The prize awarded to the Piaget Institute, in the amount of 12 thousand euros, will be fully applied to the operationalization of the project “Give the Stage to Health”.