75 STUDENTS from schools in Tenerife, Murcia and Morón de la Frontera visited Torrevieja last week as part of a relatively new educational sports scheme called ARCE which is designed to promote traditional sports and games in the city of Torrevieja and surrounding region.
Last week the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, together with the Councillor for Education, Daniel Plaza met with participating students in the ARCE project, accompanied by IES Director of the Mare Nostrum of Torrevieja, Rafael Gil, the local school involved in the initiative, and three professors in the Department of Physical Education (Abel Moya, Abel Perez and David Rodríguez).
Over several days, the visiting students have been able to enjoy nature, Torrevieja’s extraordinarily good November weather and visit the most significant sights in the city, its parks, its fishing tradition and, of course, salt.
The ARCE project is a program of research and innovation for years 3 and 4 of the ESO (secondary schools) that aims to preserve the games and popular sports of the four regions currently participating: IES Abanilla (Murcia) IES Fuente Nueva (Morón de la Frontera) IES Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife) IES Mare Nostrum (Torrevieja) and in turn, spread the information to others.
During the past year the four schools participated I the project in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife) and this year was the turn of Torrevieja. All participating students enjoyed the traditional sports of Sailing Vela Latina at the port of Torrevieja and also travelled to Valencia to visit the former America’s Cup location and visit the regions capital.
About 75 students and teachers moved to Torrevieja to participate in this project in which IES Mare Nostrum has been participating for two consecutive years.
An initiative planned by the Ministry of Education under the name “The information technology and communication and education networks as a means of distributing our games and popular sports and traditional” intends to apply the new technologies of information and communication as an educational tool development of popular sports and games and Traditional didactic units multimedia, PowerPoint presentations, video and imaging webquest by students and teachers.
All work performed on the project is available at www.nuestrosjuegostradicionales.es
By Keith Nicol