Competition with a difference

Competition with a difference
UBUNTO ANDALUZ: Laura Martinez and Vera’s councillors for Education, Immigration and Social Affairs councillors Photo credit: Vera town hall

VERA is one of four Andalucia municipalities taking part in Andalucia’s Global Citizenship Education department’s Ubuntu Andaluz project.

Financed by Andalucia’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID), the initiative has been launched by the non-profitmaking Solidaridad Internacional Andalucia (SIA) association.

Ubuntu means “mutual backing and an open, inter-related and empathatic community” in Zulu and Zhosa, an African philosophy which Ubunto Andaluz is practising via eco-social initiatives and communities.


Vera town hall, together with those of Armilla (Granada), Moguer (Huelva) and Camas (Sevilla), is supporting this project via workshops in local schools and various activities.

These include the Microrrelatos y Dibujos en Tiempos de Crisis (Short stories and drawings in times of crisis) competition.

“Agostinho Antonio Masal and Laura Martinez are spreading the word amongst the local population,” explained Vera’s Social Affairs councillor, Ana Lourdez Ramirez.

“They are creating opportunities to reflect upon, and discuss, present-day issues and face the complexities that we must cope with as a society.”

More information about the competition is available on the website.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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