The Adeje council, in partnership with the Aldeas Infantiles SOS España children’s organisation, are spearheading an interesting campaign which has already seen the borough’s younger residents talk and share their belief on what is important in their lives, their borough and how they and their families can be happy and live well.
“What we are hoping for from this initiative is a partnership to build a future fuelled by hope for the children of Adeje, as they are the future”, says the social harmony councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares. “In recent months the young people here have been bringing us their ideas and suggestions, through school meetings, and we are hoping to organsie a larger event for and about children in Adeje”, he added.
The first phase of the project saw the team visiting the borough’s schools to listen to the children and now they will have feedback from some adults also involved in the project to see how best to proceed and realise many of their ideas.
To develop this phase there will be a series of meetings and the creation of a club in the next school year to allow students meet and exchange ideas for Adeje is being mooted, encouraging them to talk and listen to each other and tease out their suggestions.
The organisers say that it’s important to seek out the children’s talents and reinforce them. Ideas already received include “allowing pets in school, learning how to play, meditation workshops, interactive classes, diversification in after school activities, free WiFi for students, more books in the school libraries, more excursions, celebrate International Day of Families by bringing a family member to school, etc”.
Concentrating on increasing social harmony, students would also have to learn to generate space and time for the exchange of ideas and experiences, create spaces where new friendships can be formed, teach each other new languages, introduce more workshops on recycling and our relationship with nature, and learn to resolve problems through dialogue and help others who are having a bad time.