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Monday, April 8, 2019

Education system and citizen participation

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Activity I – Is our Education still efficient? Spain is a country with a high rate of school dropout, particularly in Andalusia. In a technology and globalisation era it is time to test ourselves. We will analyse our Education system, the ratio of boys and girls in High schools and Vocational Training Courses, the use of technologies, the attitudes which are rewarded or those ones which are not encoraged and we will make a poster with the main conclusions.

Activity II - What is politics? If we take the classic definition of politics as a concern for public affairs, we will analyze the different forms of public participation that go beyond voting. We will take into account neighbourhood associations, NGOs, tides etc.

Activity III –  Responsible consumption.

We will analyse the consumption and waste at home. How much rubbish do we throw away?.If we recycle and what our consumption habits are. Do we take sustainable consumption into account? What is most important when buying, only price and product? There are more factors we can consider. We will visit different institutions concerning fair trade shops and we will carry out a brief research on alternatives of responsible production such as fairphone.

Activity IV – Are the taxes a burden? The public money is usually seen as no one’s money. That is why it is very important to look at what we do with it. For this purpose, each country can visit the tax offices where we could know how public money is spent and how much the things that we do not pay cost, be it a bin or one night at hospital.

Activity V – Sweden will be the leader of this meeting due to the prestige of the Nordic Education system and its high level of social engagement. They will explain to us what their Education system is like, resources, spaces etc, use of taxes and employment as well as the most well-known ways of citizen participation among young people. Partners, in turn, will show the posters of the first activity.

Activity VI – Education structure.

a)    Each country will draw an organization chart of its school.
b)     Each school will show a simple Education System chart, age to start school, when you finish, different studies, connections between them, what measures are taken into account with students with special educational needs etc.
c)    In international teams, they will analyse every Education System, advantages and disadvantages being respectful to one another.
d)    They will give a presentation about their work.
e)    Students, individually, can choose an Education System according to his or her aspirations that best suits his or her educational interests. They will have to justify their choice and there will be some discussion about it.

Activity VIII – Citizen Participation.

Belonging to a society means that you have to participate in it directly or indirectly. Teachers from every country will look for a non profit organization which tells them about its social activity, its aims, goals and problems, both legal and economic and social.

a)    They will seek any kind of organization that best suits their characteristics and ideals.
b)    In international groups they will choose the most relevant ones and will talk about how to become an active member.
c)    They will say which organization they are most interested in, giving reasons for it.
d)    If possible, we would visit a non profit organization or one of its members will be invited to explain its activities to us.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mobility in Málaga

The stay of our European partners came to its end some days ago. For a week, Romanian and Polish students and teachers were at our school in order to develop different workshops and activities. On their arrival, they visited our facilities and every day they had the chance to taste scrumptious breakfasts prepared and served by our students from the Vocational Course in Catering Services.
Throughout the week, the students carried out activities concerning the role of women in our society (astounding  female scientists, writers, philosophers and artists) as well as workshops focused on analyzing equality between men and women and some other ones whose main aim was to detect sexist behaviours.
Finally, we all could enjoy a visit to “Principia”, a science Museum, a guided visit in the city center and a day trip to see Granada and its spectacular landmark, La Alhambra.
An amazing week full of interactive activities and debates in which our students worked in collaboration and shared information, ideas, opinions and emotions; a very enriching experience that we are sure we will never forget. :)

Below, the terrific video that our European volunteer Marion Dombey made on our learning, teaching and training activites in Málaga.

(By Marion Dombey)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The gender pay gap situation in UE

The gender pay gap is defined as the relative difference in the average gross earnings of women and men within the economy as a whole.
There are considerable differences between EU countries, with the gender pay gap ranging from less than 8% in Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia to more than 20% in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia and United Kingdom.

Every year the Commission marks the European Equal Pay Day with Europe-wide information activities to reach out to Member States on the link between pay, earnings and pension entitlements in old age. European Equal Pay Day draws attention to the size and general inertia of the gender pay gap, as well as its underlying causes.

Why the European Equal Pay Day is in November?

The gender pay gap in the EU still averages around 16%. The European Equal Pay Day date is calculated on this Eurostat figure and symbolizes when women across the EU would stop earning for the rest of the year in comparison to men.

In class, we discuss about “factors that contribute to the gender pay gap” and “what students have to say about gender stereotypes”(Is it acceptable for men to cry?, is the most important role of a women  to take care of her home and family? etc).
“Equality between men and women is one of the fundamental values of the European Union, but this day reminds us that it is not one of its fundamental realities. The pay gap between women and men is already unfair, unjustified and unacceptable in the short term. But in the long term, it accumulates throughout a woman’s career and results in an even more significant pension gap, with women’s pensions 39% lower than men’s.”

(Jenny, one of the volunteers at school taking part in the activity)

Monday, April 1, 2019

Women in magazines

In this activity, the students went through some magazines to see what kinds of women appear in them. What do they look like? What are they like? Are they real?
They were talking about perfect women without a single fat in their bodies; women that don't exist in real life!