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The international lesson on Human Rights at the Cabezon de Pisuerga school

A visit to the Melquiades Hidalgo public school, in Cabezon de Pisuerga, a Valladolid town of just over 3,700 inhabitants, confirms what some of the posters on its walls say: “My school is cool”. The center is decorated by projects carried out by the students, one of its corridors is called “Calle de la Solidaridad”, the bathrooms are in the “Plaza de las Alianzas” and the educational program has received recognition that they presume as soon as they cross the streets. doors. The project Let me tell you, which teaches tolerance and values ​​with immersive activities in all courses, has won the SM Foundation Human Rights award together with the Organization of Ibero-American States (OIE) for Education. Cabezon has competed with schools from 22 Latin American countries.

The best way to verify this is to bring together several of the 320 kids that this center has, from sixth grade, and in an impromptu exam on the center’s stairs. Hugo Parra, Olivia Gil, Samuel Martin and Adrian Buron, aged between 10 and 12, are delighted and explain the initiative under the gaze of the director of the Melquiades Hidalgo, Elena Roman, and the project coordinator, Arancha Vilar. Gil takes the floor and describes an example of violated Human Rights: “The Taliban do not let women go to school and they do not have the right to gender equality.” His colleague Buron makes the adults laugh by praising this “great school” that they are lucky enough to be able to attend, not like minors in many countries around the world without access to education. Martin summarizes that “we are all equal and have the same rights”, while Parra exposes the “pride” of his parents who “are very happy” that this knowledge is imparted to them.

A school wall.EMILIO FRIAR

The center is successful, according to Mayte Ortiz, director of the SM Foundation, because “it promotes learning through participation and the active role assumed by the children of the center in experiential learning.” Ortiz praises that the project Let me tell you it is carried out in all courses and is adapted to the age of the students to transmit values ​​thanks to a “selected catalog of children’s literature”. He also liked that the practices have been deeply implanted and that the teachers have methodologies and spaces adapted with a “deep planning work”. The recognition, coordinated between the SM Foundation and the OIE for Education, Science and Culture, was awarded in Chile on September 14 and brought joy to the Melquiades Hidalgo, thousands of kilometers away.

Vilar specifies that the educational model installed in the center is applied in any instance, from the philosophy of recess to school exercises: “In Mathematics, problems are made with data from poverty statistics or people who live on continents instead of with examples of pears, apples or chocolate bars”. The quartet of students exclaimed that in the English book they caught “a micromachismo” that made them angry: “The boys had to choose hobbies between chess, walking and Sudoku and the girls between dancing, music or reading.” The prize received represents 5,000 euros that will be reinvested in more resources, such as the funds collected from more awards obtained for their educational commitment. The award has recognized the commitment to “experiential learning and training in values”, since “appropriate activities have been promoted and adapted to the ages of the students, which are also developed throughout the entire school year, and in a interdisciplinary”. Likewise, it achieves the involvement of families, so that it “impacts and has a systemic and comprehensive impact on the entire educational community.”

“It is a proposal that involves the entire faculty, which makes evident the in-depth planning work, the adaptation of specific training spaces for activities, and the implementation of methodologies such as service-learning and competency-based learning,” he says. the SM Foundation, something that can be appreciated just walking through the corridors and talking to the teachers, who applaud the desire of a stable and motivated faculty with this methodology, which is activated with blocks. First, common activities that concern the entire educational community are included. Second, that each course has specific activities. Third, training to give teachers skills.

More diverse recreation

The student Olivia Gil is grateful that the school is promoting alternative activities at recess to the classic soccer games that, according to the director, become a kind of guerrilla “to the death” in which a ball once made her lose the sense. The young woman from Valladolid points out that she and her friends like handball and that little by little they achieved a more equitable distribution of spaces. For this, the classes have an “educational council” in which the delegates represent their colleagues and send the complaints or suggestions of the students to the management, which allows them to discover the “democratic values” and the “dialogue”. One of these claims was against the abuse of football, which is why alternatives were promoted with great acceptance.

The Melquiades Hidalgo school.
The Melquiades Hidalgo school.EMILIO FRIAR

Roman praises that these school councils serve to “cultivate a critical spirit, it is the only way to create agents of change.” This general enthusiasm towards the philosophy of Melquiades contrasts with a face that hides a tantrum in the patio. A boy wearing the Futbol Club Barcelona tracksuit grumbles dramatically: “They don’t let us play football.”

-And what do you think?

“Bad”, he answers, although the second forgets the tantrum, regains his illusion and goes shot towards the bowling area. She touches him.

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