Absence of an education that generates sense, a curriculum away from the reality of young people, lack of professional guidance and even apathy of teachers, are just some of the diagnoses that 200 ESO students from 15 schools in Granada, made that about current educational system made on Thursday, January 23, within the framework of the Scholas Citizenship program that takes place in this city for the second year in a row.
These young people, all from public, private and concerted schools, religious and non-religious, and from various socioeconomic and ethnic contexts, will work side by side from Monday 27 to January 31, to get the best out of themselves and develop proposals for change before two problems chosen by themselves. Like the previous year, the headquarters of this educational experience is the Center of Teaching The Immaculate, CML, attached to the University of Granada, where it will also be the closing ceremony next Friday 31.
Discrimination, prejudices and labels
The other problem pointed out by the students, in addition to the deficiencies in the school system, is discrimination, prejudices and labels; For this group of young people, phenomena such as xenophobia, homophobia, machismo and gender bias are a reality that they say they suffer day by day and for those who feel their freedom of expression is even threatened.
Scholas Citizenship, the flagship program of Scholas Occurrentes, a foundation promoted by Pope Francis, has offered thousands of young people around the world the possibility, not only to raise their voice, but to be heard, because thanks to inter-institutional and network work which encourages Scholas, young people present their projects to the relevant educational and governmental instances.
Precisely during the closing day of next Friday, January 31, the participation of institutions such as the Vice-Rector’s Office of the University of Granada, the Andalusian School Board, the delegation of education, the Ministry of Education of the municipality of Granada, and of the Archbishopric of Granada.
The 15 participating schools this year, with a total of 230 students enrolled, are: Colegio Monaita; Colegio La Presentación, Granada; Centro Concertado de Enseñanza Juan XXIII, Cartuja; Centro Concertado de Enseñanza Juan XXIII, Zaidín; Centro Concertado de Enseñanza Juan XXIII, La Chana; IES La Paz; IES Pedro Soto de Rojas; Colegio Escolapios Granada, Genil; Colegio Escolapios Cartuja-Luz Casanova; Colegio Diocesano Internacional Virgen de Gracia; Colegio Padre Manjón; Colegio Diocesano Bilingüe Virgen del Espino; Colegio Ave María Casa Madre; Colegio Ave María Vistillas, and Colegio Ave María La Quinta.
This new edition is special for Granada and for Spain as a whole, since it will be held in a few months, from June 3 to 5, the VI International Congress of the Scholas Chairs in Madrid, an event that will have the collaboration of the University of Granada, the San Pablo CEU University Foundation and the Catholic University of Valencia -UCV.
This experience has the collaboration of the Archbishop of Granada, the La Inmaculada Teaching Center, Santander Bank, Air Europa, the Edelvives Foundation, the San Pablo CEU University Foundation, and the University of Granada. Scholas Citizenship in Granada is also supported by Lácteos Puleva and the bakery La Gracia de Dios.