What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Celebrating the Constitution’s first 25 years, three years ago we started a workshop for two months in 3rd grade primary school in Madrid. The result was that, surprisingly, children showed great interest in the content and activities offered. According to the teacher, children’s behavior in class improved.
During the days prior to “Constitution Day” celebration, the blog featuring the text of the Constitution explained for children registered between 200 and 300 daily visits.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Reaching other Self Governing Communities with this program in their school coexistence plans in order to improve school coexistence and increase tolerance and empathy. The latter can be obtained helping students speak their minds and expressing how they feel in class in debates coordinated by teachers.
I also expect this Project to impact on children, their schools and families and to extend its impact on society as a whole. It could serve as model for other societies, particularly those with high levels of multiculturalism.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
1. In spite of the fact that at present the school community seems to agree on the need of transmitting democratic values at school, disagreement arise due to the different approaches, none of which are against teaching the Constitution. In order to overcome this barrier, I plan on filing the initial proposal for evaluation to the school community through State or Self-Governing Communities Observatory in order to obtain consensus on the material.
2. Taking part in the initial study may include extra work for teachers: holding meetings, gathering information, drafting conclusions. In order to overcome this barrier I propose to have teachers motivated to contribute to the development of a tool to help them manage conflicts and improve school coexistence.
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Creating a work team in the State or Self-Governing Community Observatory and starting the program during the next school term i
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Extend the project to other Self Governing Communities and adapt the same to highly multicultural locations.
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As from the day my son started school, and due to the conflicts arising among classmates, I have had the opportunity to detect the need to transmit children the values of a “collective awareness” and to explain them how our system, rights and duties actually work, as well as the ideas behind those rules. I was able to prove that, once explained, we satisfy the curiosity on subjects that starts to show as from the early age of 7 or 8. As we give children the opportunity to talk about these subjects, we help them assimilate and apply these concepts to everyday situations. Also, both parents and teachers agree on the need of teaching democratic values and ask for tools to manage conflicts. The Constitution and democratic values that inspired this constitute our “coexistence manual”; these are the rules of the game we all need to know, and whenever possible, to improve. Adults’ values should apply to children as well.