The department of resident participation in Adeje, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has proposed the borough’s education centres come together to work on a strategy to promote a ‘Camino Escolar Seguro’, a safe way to get to school. The project will work to improve safety for students as they travel to school from home.
The first phase of the project will see parents asked to take part in a poll/fill in a questionnaire so that planners will be able to analyse the different ways students are travelling to school from home – car, bus, on foot, etc – and thus be able to see where they need to plan or make changes. The second phase will see a number of plans activated that should make everyone aware of the need to improve student safety and seek their participation in doing so.
“On a daily basis we are seeing traffic jams and tailbacks near schools at certain times of the day, which in turn affects people on their way to work. With the new plan we are hope to improve that situation, decrease traffic congestion and guarantee better student safety”, commented the councillor.
The plan was presented to the heads of the various public schools in the borough at last week’s meeting with the council. Eduardo Polo, the provincial head of the Traffic Department was also present, as his department will be taking part in the evolution of the plan.
Primary schools reopen on September 9th
Just in case you were wondering when your little treasures can return to the joys of full time education, here is the official public school calendar for the academic year, courtesy of the Canarian regional government website.
Primary school starts again on September 9th, Secondary (Instituto) on September 14th. The 12th of October is a national holidays as are December 6th and 8th, so, as is quite usual, they have slotted in an extra school holiday on the 7th to bridge the two days. Christmas holidays this year run from December 23rd to January 7th (inclusive) and Easter Week is from March 21st to 25th 2016.
If you are wondering about school book lists, most of the local book shops will have the lists from the schools, and are taking orders/selling books now. As we have discovered, there are very few books that can be carried over from one year to another, but do check with parents of a child from the year ahead in case you can save yourself some money.
The initiative has been organised by the departments of Education and Equality and will give students information to improve the quality of school life and coexistence inside and outside the school grounds
The Adeje Council, through the departments of Education and Equality overseen by councillors Andrés Pérez Ramos and Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, respectively began an anti-bullying campaign in the borough’s secondary schools this week. The campaign will see a series of workshops and informative talks which will help equip students to deal with different situations within the school environment.
The project’s directors say, “these actions are part of the first “Strategic Plan for Equal Opportunities between Adeje’s Women and Men” and will give students a series of know-hows and working tools to improve the quality of their lives inside and outside the school grounds. They added, “here in the Council we understand that education that teaches respect for everyone is vitally important, and teaching about how diversity enriches us and our society is developing respect among equals”.
The programme will give answers to basic questions such as: What exactly constitutes school bullying? Who bullies and why? How do you deal with situations like this? What are the emotional and physical injuries bullying in schools can cause? However above all the team will be working to answer the bigger questions: How can we find a solution to the problem. For these workshops to have full effect it is also important that the teachers are involved as well as the whole student body, parents associations, etc.
Students in these schools will also receive talks on related matters, on sexual behaviour, prevention of homophobia, transphopia and the prevention of violence against women.
The councillors explained, “we are giving our young people the training and information needed to learn to develop an equalitarian society in which respect, harmonious co-existence and dialogue predominate and are the basic fundamental tools for the integration of all”.
The workshops are scheduled to be held in the secondary schools in Los Olivos and El Galeón during the remainder of this school year.