Creative schools with elBulli seal

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Creative schools with elBulli seal

Creative Schools is a project extrapolating El Bulli’s creative and innovative philosophy to schools across Spain. Photo: Telefónica Foundation.
Creative Schools is a project extrapolating El Bulli’s creative and innovative philosophy to schools across Spain. Photo: Telefónica Foundation.

The innovative and creative methods developed by Ferran Adrià in El Bulli, which used to be the world’s number one restaurant and has become elBullifoundation, feeding creativity, are being transferred to schools in Spain in the context of Creative Schools, a project the renowned chef is carrying out with Telefónica Foundation.

The Creative Schools project draws on the 25 years’ experience in avant-garde techniques and inspiring methods of El Bulli, the world’s top restaurant for five straight years, applying them to teaching and learning through experimentation, creativity and innovation in the classroom.

As many as 18 schools across Spain are part of this project. They were chosen for their original ideas to transform their learning methods, submitted between October 2016 and January 2017.

Schools play an active role in the project. They hold meetings with experts from various areas and get follow-up from tutors and learning materials customised to meet their specific needs.

Ferran Adrià himself is one of the tutors. He is currently on tour to grasp the situation in each educational centre and share his views on learning innovation processes.

Awards for creativity

Creative Schools will spread the most original, creative and innovative learning experiences, giving recognition to them in the Creative Schools Awards for Best Educational Experiences.

The 18 participating schools were announced at the auditorium of Espacio Fundación Telefónica on 27 May. Adrià gave his opinion on each of the selected projects.

The award winners will be announced in late June. ‘An educational revolution is under way,’ the renowned chef said. ‘You’ve all done an amazing job, bringing creativity and innovation everywhere in your schools. You should all be winners.’

The origin of Creative Schools

Creative Schools is a spin-off of Auditing the Creative Process, Adrià’s exhibition on the creative process at El Bulli held at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid in 2014.

The project is being carried out by a multidisciplinary team made of teachers and educators, anthropologists, designers, experts in educational innovation, Ferran Adrià and the people usually working with him.

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