In June 2017, the Prizes of the Lois Peña Novo Foundation having been awarded for the normalization of Galician language in its 22nd edition, the jury wanted to recognize in this occasion the work of the Cultural and Pedagogical Association PONTE…NAS ONDAS! Along with PONTE…NAS ONDAS!, the magistrate Sandra Piñeiro and the biologist Xurxo Mariño were also given awards.
It is a great honor to be selected for the work developed alongside people and entities who defend and transmit our most valued cultural heritage: our language. The prize is for all of the educational centers, for the students, for the professors and for the people and associations who make it possible for our cultural heritage to stay alive in the voices of younger generations. Congratulations also to Xurxo Mariño and to Sandra Piñeiro for this prize.
This is how the act of the jury of the Lois Peña Novo Foundation is summed up:
The Cultural and Pedagogical Association PONTE…NAS ONDAS! has been developing, for more than 20 years, a work of transmission and placing value in the intangible cultural heritage shared by Galicia and Portugal in which language is the backbone of the experience of the association that is developed as much in the cultural sphere as in the educational and social sphere through the radio, Internet, and the dynamization of popular culture. The work of PONTE…NAS ONDAS! gets closer to various social sectors, highlighting the work of transmission of cultural heritage carried out through the experience of communities that bring culture who brought their knowledge closer in order to carry it, not only to classrooms, but also placing value on it with the presentation of the Candidacy of Galician Intangible Cultural Heritage to UNESCO. Recently this organism accredited PONTE…NAS ONDAS! as a consultant NGO in topics of intangible cultural heritage, with the collaboration of prestigious anthropologists, philologists and other social investigators. The jury considers that the work of involvement in various sectors but especially that of young people using the language and defending a way of being and their own culture, to be worthy of a social recognition.