The meeting, which has served to take stock of this course and set challenges and lines of action for the future, has also recalled the commitments made by Catholic Schools continue to fight in “increasingly urgent” demands, as reported to Europa Press sources of the organization.
These focus on three points, the first of them the recognition and real application of the freedom of education, with the request of respect for the social demand of families and the freedom of choice of educational center.
It will also continue to demand adequate funding for the real cost of the school position that guarantees, in equal conditions for all, the quality education that the future of the students demands.
The third major commitment will be to request greater involvement of the Administration in the work of orientation, dissemination and recognition of Vocational Training, since the promotion of this type of education and Dual Vocational Training, in their opinion, “should be a priority” .
Catholic Schools has indicated that these issues “are considered a priority and will continue to be defended and defended in all possible forums”.
In addition, Castilla y León Catholic Schools is committed to offering a “more comprehensive” training for teachers and principals aimed at achieving pedagogical excellence in each center and generate a higher educational quality and a climate of constant innovation in the centers of its network.
Also, he added, will seek greater involvement when tackling bullying “with determination”, for what will facilitate “all possible tools” to the centers so they can address this phenomenon from the legal, pastoral, pedagogical and communicative.
The 2018 Assembly of Catholic Schools Castilla y León has been held at the Ave María School in Valladolid and more than 200 participants, representatives of the owners of the centers, as well as directors and teachers of these schools have been present.
The demands and commitments of the Assembly have been summarized in several points that have been included in a final statement presented at the close of the meeting.
MAINTENANCE OF THE CONCERTS
In the first of them reference is made to the aforementioned claim to maintain the concerted education, which represents more than 30 percent of the students of the Community.
“It is necessary that the concerted education continue to have the public support and recognition it deserves, for its contribution to society and for making possible the freedom of education,” said Catholic Schools, which added that the educational offer should be built from the respect for the social demand of families and the freedom to choose an educational center.
For this reason, it has indicated that it will continue to “fight” for the recognition of the freedom of parents to choose the educational model they wish, as contemplated in Article 27 of the Constitution and international treaties.
“You can not deprive parents of their right to choose because we believe in the freedom of education, in a public education and quality but also in the concerted, both complementary and necessary,” he added.
On the other hand, the statement refers to the need to address bullying “with determination” because they want all centers to be “a space of peace, equality, good school environment and coexistence”, which is why the organization has committed to continue increasing “efforts” to improve social relations in the classroom and to promote education and respect for the entire educational community.
“We must be sensitive to each case and know how to prevent, detect, address, and eradicate these situations to create a culture of hospitality and care in our centers,” said Catholic Schools, which has affirmed that it will continue working to provide all possible tools to the centers so that they can address this phenomenon from the legal, pastoral, pedagogical and communicative.
“We will also request the implementation of more preventive programs in which families, schools and administration participate,” Catholic Schools added.
PATH OF “EXCELLENCE”
On the other hand, has indicated that he wants to continue with the work to help schools and institutions to achieve their pedagogical excellence, for what he considers necessary to maintain the processes of innovation and transformation that many schools have already started and “encourage” the rest to begin this path.
These processes, has influenced Catholic Schools, must support “firmly” in the educational projects of the centers, “in the strength in their ideals and the strength of their roots and traditions” and thus, with the aim of generating greater quality educational and a climate of constant innovation, has said that it will continue with the organization of programs to train and accompany the adoption of new methodologies and to generate networks of educators involved in the Catholic educational project.
In the same line, this organization has insisted on defending a “decent and fair” budget for concerted education, since it is a “public, quality, complementary, necessary and chosen education by a large majority of the families of the Community” .
In this regard, he added that they believe that concerted education has a “great value for its great contribution” to the educational system of Castilla y León, which is based on the “good work” of public education and the concerted, with a focus “complementary” that values the richness of both systems and that gives the possibility of choice to families, “what enriches the educational system”.
Catholic Schools considers that the departure of other expenses for education in Castilla y León “continues to be insufficient” since the actual costs of running a school are still deficient despite the “slight” increase offered by the Ministry of Education Past course.
That is why Catholic Schools requests an adequate financing of the “real cost of the school position” and that guarantees, in equal conditions for all, the “quality” education demanded by the students’ future, an “adequate” attention to those who have special educational needs and a realistic forecast of the investments necessary for a quality education.
Finally, it has defended a “better job of orientation, dissemination and recognition of Vocational Training”, which in the case of Catholic Schools centers has ensured that it maintains a “high quality and relevance” for the employment of students.
In this regard, he added that the momentum of Dual FP, recommended by the European Commission, should be a “priority” and the collaboration between school and company should be strengthened, for which it has affirmed that it will continue with the request for greater involvement. of the Administration, “that should really bet on this type of education”.