A modern educational centre, committed and immersed in social reality, should direct part of its educational work to the social progress of its local, national and international environment.
To this end, Colegio Legamar has been, for many years now, collaborating and organizing various projects, and supporting different educational, cultural and social institutions in the public and private sector. Our general aim is that our students create projects and participate in these initiatives and social programmes and that this will enable them to see reality and experience it from close up, as well as to know and share those realities that are far away, thus completing the comprehensive educational circle which our vision proposes.
Our solidarity project is divided into International and National Cooperation Projects.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL COOPERATION
Ecuador and Guatemala Manabi Association
In order to develop our aims of solidarity, justice and peace which our social projects of international cooperation encourage, the school has been collaborating with the Manabi Association in micro-projects for Ecuador and for Guatemala in the last 2 years.
One of the basic dimensions of human development is health. Two indicators in the field of health that reflect the state of human development in a society are infant mortality and malnutrition in children.
In Guatemala at the beginning of the 21st. century, 34 children out of 1000 will die before reaching the age of 1 year, and 45 die before the age of 5. Furthermore, almost half the children suffer from chronic malnutrition. In 2013, a little more than half (51%) of the Ixcán population lived in conditions of poverty and 15% in extreme poverty. The high rate of infant mortality is mainly associated with respiratory diseases and symptoms of diarrhoea.
The projects taking place are:
- “Solidarity House Project” Ecuador.
- “Water Project for the seven Communities of the Ixcan Municipality” Guatemala
- “Eradication of Child Labour Project” Ecuador.
National Solidarity Projects
1- COLLABORATION WITH THE RED CROSS
We collaborate with the Spanish Red Cross in its campaign “How much is a smile worth?” through the collection of funds and toys from the families. Baccalaureate students participate in this toy solidarity campaign and create the “dream corner”, going into all the classes at the school to make sure that our educational community gives generously and donates a toy or some money to buy more toys.
A solidarity cross-country race was held with students, teachers and families participating, and the registration fee was donated to the campaign.
2- COLLABORATION WITH THE LEGANÈS SOUP KITCHEN “PAQUITA GALLEGO”
The Leganés soup kitchen “Paquita Gallego”: for years the school donates the profits from the “Annual Solidarity Calendar” and this is given by our educational centre to the Leganés soup kitchen.
The president, Dolores Rasero, visited us in December 2014 and the advisors and delegates of classes from third year of Primary Education up to second year of Baccalaureate had the opportunity of chatting with Dolores about the social work the soup kitchen does. During this meeting she thanked them for the help given in previous years and requested their support, both moral and well as financial, for the future so as to be able to continue her social project.
3- LEGAMAR HEALTHY PROGRAMME
The project “Communicate without noise” comes under the framework of the Health Education Programme for the school. It began during the year 2013-14 and will continue in future years.
The aim of this project is to regulate the amount of noise we make in our daily school activities so as to improve co-existence and the working environment. Thus communication becomes more efficient and concentration and attention, not only for students but also for teachers and non-teaching personnel, is improved.
Within our aim of affective education, we include the development and control of emotions of all people making up our Academic community, and this becomes reflected in an improved daily communication and good healthy habits.
Actions: Until now we have been doing the following:
- In the first instance, students and teachers were made aware of how noise affects our daily activities and this was achieved in two ways: on the one hand all science subjects included teaching units that talked about the problem of noise, with each year dealing with it in different ways. The curricular content was always respected but all classes included the students measuring their “Sound Print” using sound level meters; on the other hand, tutorial sessions were held for all years to discuss the relationship between communication and noise. In Primary Education, we talked about the relationship between daily co-existence, emotions that come up, and the volume with which we communicate our reactions. In Secondary Education, we worked on communication skills whereby emotional control and conversation techniques were directly related to the social skill of good voice usage.
- In the second instance, the proposals from different forums (student groups or teachers’ teams) were collected in order to improve with solid measures the noise we generate. The Manual of Good Practice for “Communication without noise” was drawn up and this helps us to reduce the sound level of our school and also to permanently monitor that it is appropriate for working and living together.
- In future courses; the Project continues through the Tutorial Action Plan, through affective teaching and through the project itself.
To conclude, this project is aimed at encouraging the student body to carry out scientific research as a systematic way of finding solutions to daily problems, and to relate this social problem - noise - with the education of emotions and their expression in daily life.