The Provincial Council of Almeria redoubles its commitment to Summer Schools in the province of Almeria. The call for aid to municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants has increased to 130,000 euros in aid thanks to the Community Social Services. This was revealed by the vice-president and deputy for Social Welfare, Ángeles Martínez, who pointed out the importance of these traditional summer camps promoted by the Provincial Institution.
The Summer Schools consist of a complete programme of training, leisure and activities provided by the Provincial Council through financial aid to the town councils of municipalities with up to 20,000 inhabitants. It is a recreational and educational resource that offers appropriate attention to the children of the province through a series of socio-educational activities to reinforce habits, skills and share leisure and fun spaces.
The vice-president highlighted the importance of these “transcendental and necessary” projects to promote work-life balance and provide coverage for families. The activities aimed at children are very varied: handicrafts, school reinforcement, swimming pool, sports games, among others, and are taught by professionals with experience in educational and recreational activities. “This year we have increased the investment by up to 30% so that the maximum number of town councils can access this aid,” said Ángeles Martínez.
Ángeles Martínez emphasised “the important work of this resource provided by the Provincial Council in settling the population in the province of Almería, equalising opportunities, supporting families and promoting work and family reconciliation. Thanks to the Provincial Council, local councils can carry out their schools and children can stay in the summer in their municipalities, enjoying their leisure time and improving their education even more”.
The objectives of the Summer Schools promoted by the Provincial Council through these grants are:
Encourage the development of resources and personal skills for coexistence and social integration.
To support working families in reconciling their work and family life.
To develop actions to support learning.
The municipalities where the Summer Schools are being developed this year.
This project is part of Line 2 of Prevention and Treatment of the 6th Provincial Plan of Community Social Services and is aimed at ages between 3 and 12 years old.
Town councils can apply to the Diputación de Almería for grants until the 5th of July and, to date, more than 50 have registered their requests.
In 2021 they reached 65 municipalities
In 2021 this project reached more than 3,050 children in the province during the month of July. The Provincial Council financed the Summer School projects that were developed in 65 municipalities in the province with an investment amounting to 103,500 euros.