The recently created platform Volem una Escola Activa (We want an Active School), made up of 300 families, demands that Catalan public administrations expand the offer of places in innovative schools, that is, those that work with new educational methodologies and approaches. They protest after their children have been left without a place in the pre-registration for the 2016-2017 academic year in these centers, which they consider exponents of the education of the future and which are grouped within the Escolanova21 organization .
As reported by the newspaper El Periódico , the number of petitions rejected is so high, especially in the city of Barcelona, that parents consider the situation to be untenable. Eva Maria López, promoter of Volem una Escola Activa, explains that they are convinced that educational innovation “is a process without going backward” and adds that, if measures are not taken in this regard, their children will be left out of this new educational model.
HIGHLY DEMANDED PUBLIC CENTERS
Centers such as Els Encants , Univers , Fluvià , La llacuna , Fructuós Gelabert or Congrés-Indians , which are committed to an active and innovative education through experimentation and projects, have waiting lists of 50 to 80 children in each one. Volem una Escola Activa indicates that, on the other hand, there are free places in other schools in the same neighborhoods with a more traditional educational approach.
For the members of the platform, these data demonstrate the interest of families in a new teaching model, and claim the importance of extending these new options of teaching and learning that would otherwise be inaccessible in public education. “At a time when public schools are beginning to offer different educational possibilities beyond the conventional school, which was the predominant one until a few years ago, the Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona should take measures to guarantee that there is at least one school of these characteristics in each district ”, says Eva Maria López. This does not mean, as he points out, “that schools are questioned with other pedagogical models”.
A GROUP OF PIONEERING SCHOOLS
Escolanova21 groups together some thirty innovative Catalan schools that are defined as “centers with advanced educational practices” and that seek to work together with international entities and institutions to make possible “meaningful and relevant learning” that educates “autonomous people ”. To do this, they fix four essential vectors:
- An educational purpose aimed at providing life skills.
- Learning practices based on how people learn.
- Evaluation mechanisms capable of measuring the entire range of competencies involved in a holistic conception of education.
- An autonomous and open organization, with the ability to update its educational action.
In addition, the purpose of these schools is to extend this new way of teaching-learning to other centers to support them in the beginning of the change.