ADRA council has launched a pioneer initiative for the locality aimed at promoting educational habits in the family which guarantee the protection and development of children.
Organised by the local authority’s Social Services and Education departments, the Municipal Women’s Information Centre and the Health and Youth departments, The ‘Family School’ features a dozen education-related talks.
Session topic titles include ‘Being mothers and fathers’, ‘Am I making good use of new technology’, ‘How to talk as a family’, ‘Education starts at home’, ‘Rules and limits within the family’, ‘Conflict resolution’, ‘Gender-based violence in adolescents’ and ‘Education in effort and responsibility’.
The Social Services and Education councillors, Patricia Berenguel and Pedro Peña, explained the motives behind the talks, which will be given by four council experts.
“We believe the education of children is a basic”, Berenguel commented.
“Hence we have launched this initiative with a series of workshops which will provide the ideal framework for exchanging experiences and contrasting routines in education with the family home.”
The Education councillor said the collaboration was to promote community education through schools, parents’ associations and other interested parties, maintaining the local administration wants to provide an answer to “the problems in society today, which quickly change habits of behaviour.”
“Often times as parents we try to educate our children following similar guidelines to those we had”, Peña added.
“However, society today has changed rapidly, and the family has been involved; it has not remained outside these social swings”, he pointed out in reference to factors like advertising, technological advances, economic crisis and family breakdowns.
“Being mother and fathers is complex, continuous and gratifying, but at the same time difficult because we do not know what the necessary tools are for the job, which comes without an instruction manual”, he continued.
For this reason, the councillor said, the local authority developed the programme “to help learn said tools and useful orientations which will allow, not only parents, but also grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members, to be better equipped in dealing with the task of education within the family home.”
The talks will start on February 12 and will run until mid-December. All will be held at Adra’s Centro de Interpretacion de la Pesca, running from 10am to 12pm.
Anyone interested in going along can register at any municipal office or education centre or through parents’ associations, or by calling 678 893 524.