Almost 4,000 children from 76 municipalities in the province of Almeria have enjoyed the Summer Schools during the month of July thanks to the Community Social Services of the Provincial Council. This was revealed by the vice-president and deputy for Social Welfare, Ángel Escobar, during a visit to the students of Macael and Sorbas who are taking part in the traditional summer campuses promoted by the Provincial Institution.
Accompanied by the mayors, Raúl Martínez and Juan González, the vice-president learned first-hand about the programme of training, leisure and activities provided in these two towns by the Provincial Council through financial aid to the town councils of municipalities with up to 20,000 inhabitants. This year there has been an increase in the number of schools and children benefiting from these grants, which amount to 130,000 euros.
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.
Escobar has highlighted “the important work of this resource provided by the Provincial Council to settle the population in the province of Almeria, equalising opportunities, supporting families and promoting work and family reconciliation. Thanks to the Provincial Council, municipalities can carry out their schools and children can stay in summer in their municipalities enjoying leisure and further improving their education.
The Mayor of Macael, Raúl Martínez, stressed that it is a privilege to have the support of the Provincial Council for this programme: “This year there are almost 200 children and thanks to their help we can meet the expectations of parents and children and also create jobs for the young university students who work as monitors”.
The objectives of the Summer Schools promoted by the Provincial Council through these grants are:
To 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 support actions for learning.
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.
The Summer Schools offer:
Alternatives to the occupation of free time.
A space for coexistence and growth in social values.
Contribute to the reconciliation of work and family life.
Activities and workshops that promote the educational development of children:
Sport and nature
Crafts, theatre, music, cinema
Use of new technologies
School reinforcement and support