Purpose and Values
Launched in 2020, the first Sea Beyond project involved a network of secondary schools on an international scale over a four-month period.
The project explored the theme of ocean awareness and its values, the issue of plastic-related pollution of the marine environment and the fashion industry's contribution to sustainable production practices for the benefit of the seas.
«During the first edition of the project, these incredible students learned ocean literacy and were invited to be part of an international ocean movement committed to advocate its value. It was very hard for both the teachers and the students to stay focused during these difficult months, experiencing home schooling and all the challenges related to the pandemic. Their enthusiasm has been really touching.»
LORENZO BERTELLI, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
«The global scale of the problems facing the ocean means that no single country or organisation can fix them all. We need partnerships across science, decision-makers and the private sector to create a sustainable ocean economy that uses the ocean but also preserves and cherishes it. Together with the Prada Group, we hope to mobilise more and more students from around the world and transform their energy and creativity into a vector towards a more ocean-literate society.»
VLADIMIR RYABININ, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
The winner was the Portuguese school Agrupamento de Escolas de Vialonga in Vialonga (Lisbon), with the short cartoon “Redes circulares: Cerco ao plástico no mar”, (“Circular nets: a sea of plastic”). The video showed the catastrophic plastic pollution that endangers ocean ecosystems and how to recollect plastic waste for upcycling opportunities.