At the auditorium of the Center for Higher Studies, CES, The Immaculate, “there was no room for a soul” on the morning of this Friday; or rather the opposite: it was a communion of souls in which there was room for everyone; Hundreds of students, teachers and managers from 15 institutes, as well as organizers and allies of the Scholas Citizenship program, crowded the stage on Friday 31 January to close this educational experience, which at its second edition in this city, allowed young people. People of Granada share new experiences and give voice to their needs, dreams and hopes.
These young people, all from public, private and concerted, religious and non-religious schools, and from various socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, worked for a week around two problems chosen by themselves and they came up with concrete proposals to address them, all duly presented in a document offered to the leaders of the city’s educational and religious sectors.
He was the head of Educational Planning of the education delegation of the Junta de Andalucía, Eduardo Zarza; the Vice Chancellor of the Students of the University of Granada, José Antonio Naranjo Rodríguez; the deputy director general of the youth area of the city of Granada, Jesús Sánchez García; the president of the Andalusian school board, José Antonio Funes, and the archbishop of Granada, Francisco Javier Martínez.
“We believe that the education system is our future and it is something that influences all of us”, said the students, worried that, in their words, it is “an obsolete education that does not adapt to our way of thinking and does not generate spaces to achieve new reflexes “.
“The yellow revolution”
The “yellow revolution”, an annual plan that includes quarterly and monthly sessions and which aims to resolve the misinformation of young people about their professional orientation and applicable to all secondary education courses, has already been well received, since its inception , by José Antonio Naranjo, deputy chancellor of the students of the University of Granada.
“We also have the task of guiding all students for admission to university. I have listened to many of your proposals and I collect your glove; I can assure you that meeting with the fourth student at ESO next year will be a reality to explain careers and all you can do in the future, “he said in his speech.
A cycle of discussions on the decision-making process entitled “Find what you are looking for” and “Learn to organize” is part of the proposals, a recognition of the threats that excessive information and lack of free time bring to their lives.
The students also decided to demonstrate to the educational authorities that they would get a shorter agenda or rethink how some of the content is addressed.
Creativity was also imposed by proposing and making two short films during the week, “Expectation VS Reality” and “Contag your desire”, soon available on social networks, in which students express their unease about attitudes such as the lack of empathy and motivation who perceive from the teaching staff, something that has not left indifferent some of those present:
“Do not doubt that we work hard for you and that we want to hear from you. The proof is that we have almost run out of space here to listen. The truth is that it is a joy to have the opportunity to receive you “, were the words of María Isabel Tercedor Sánchez, director of CES La Inmaculada.
“I want to tell everyone that you have been the protagonist of this week, that we love you very much. And that although we sometimes get a little difficult, we know that we love you, that you count on us because we are here for you; our job is a pleasure rather than a job, “said one of the dozen teachers gathered enthusiastically.
Stop bullying is in our hands
Faced with the other problem, that of discrimination, prejudices and labels, the commission in charge presented the proposal of a summer festival, “Disken Festival”, of music, theater, art and discourses against discrimination, and to which they aspire to convene as many people as possible and then raise funds for an association, which they will evaluate. To this end, they decided to organize themselves into a committee for the search for sponsorships and allied companies.
Two other projects, “Poppy” and “Future without labels”, aim to influence harassment, the first within the classrooms and the second, facing the city in general, also offering voluntary activities; for this they raised to ask for help from the schools themselves and from the city council.
The technology también tuvo su espacio entre las propuestas, distinguiéndose la de una app para registrar casos de bullying , con disponibilidad para llamadas de emergencia y consejería, con contenido de corte didáctico que permita despertar más conciencia sobre este fenómeno.
Technology has also had its place among the proposals, distinguishing that of an app for recording bullying cases, with availability for emergency calls and consultancy, with educational content that allow awareness of this phenomenon.
A final project, “Abestusmentes”, aims to bring together a game on sexual diversity and against homophobia; The goal of this work, in the words of its supporters “is to reflect love, diversity and freedom of expression and encourage acceptance of people as they are”.
The words of the Archbishop of Granada, Francisco Javier Martínez, were also enthusiastic about the educational experience that the students undertook: “I think the best thing that happens to Scholas is that every boy and girl, wherever they come from and has the story he has, feels loved by himself and not by what he is able to give or produce; each of us is a miracle and we are able to give, to give ourselves, what is the greatest treasure we have; each of those children is a treasure; these days they experience that they are “.
This look was also shared by the young people, as reflected by the words of Elena, 15 years old, who participated in the art commission, where the young people had the opportunity to develop a mural that was presented at the end of the experience and also to compose and play a piece of music:
“The nice thing is that there is a particular place to listen to people of our age, because many times we are not listened to or taken into consideration by who we are or by our age or by what we do. And this is the beauty of this site, created specifically for us; for us to be; so that nothing is right or wrong; so that everything we think and everything we say amounts to and everything is based on that. And gradually I love many more people, others, “she said excitedly.
This experience had the collaboration of the archbishop of Granada, the Center for Higher Studies, CES, The Immaculate; Santander Bank; Air Europa; the Edelvives Foundation; the San Pablo CEU University Foundation and the University of Granada. Scholas’ citizenship in Granada was also supported by Lácteos Puleva and the La Gracia de Dios bakery.