Open schools in the neighbourhoodsThe Neighbourhood Plan backs educational projects by schools in the most vulnerable neighbourhoods, opening them up to local residents outside school hours. The aim is for education to act as a focal point for cohesion and transformation.
The boost to education in the city provided by the Neighbourhood Plan allows for unique new projects to help improve the quality of education and strengthen ties between schools and their local neighbourhoods, as well as their cultural dimension. The projects are being rolled out in the Besòs zone in particular, as well as other vulnerable areas in the city.
The initiative is aimed at transforming publicly-run schools into a driving force for cohesion, guaranteeing equal opportunities in all neighbourhoods, free of social bias. Education has a key role in ensuring equality and so the Neighbourhood Plan, with its ultimate goal of redressing inequalities, had to revolve around education.
Tool for social transformation
In order to strengthen ties with their local neighbourhoods, schools must be a focal point and to this end they’re being opened up to the community outside school hours. That means access to extra-curricular activities for students and leisure activities for the community of local entities, organising events at weekends and in the school holidays. This makes schools a focal point for local neighbourhoods.
A total of 20.2 million euros is being invested to adapt ten schools for these new projects and facilitate education programmes for students.
The ‘Enriched Schools’ project is an initiative to create a more integrated support network for children. In order to ensure overall attention and support for children, young people and their families, a total of 61 social education and health professionals are being taken on around 39 schools. The specialists will help guarantee training and support for teaching staff.
Free time education
In order to redress the lack of free time education options outside school in some areas, the Neighbourhood Plan creates a wide array of weekend and holiday free time activities to ensure all neighbourhoods have access to free time educational activities. The Baobab and Temps de joc projects are two examples of community-based education initiatives in the city.
Education – culture – neighbourhood
The neighbourhood plan also includes integrated projects, during and outside school hours, to strengthen the bond between education, culture and territory, improving the participation of youngsters in culture, as well as artistic teaching at schools.