In a press conference held in the Orihuela Costa town hall on Wednesday, councillor for education, Rosa Martínez (of the PSOE), spoke about a number of issues that will benefit the youngsters of Orihuela municipality.
The first of two new nursery schools is almost ready to open, with the final hurdle of providing electricity soon to be resolved with Iberdrola. Once that is done, which will be a matter of weeks, the school will be officially declared as ready to open. Already, around 100 parents have registered an initial interest in sending a child to the school, once the final stage of work is complete, those parents will be invited to an open day to see the facilities, and to formally apply for a place at this modern school that will set their youngsters well on the path of a quality education.
In addition to that, and even despite the numerous cuts and charges to education that the national government are going to implement, the Orihuela town hall are still going to provide a significant amount of subsidy to those who wish to attend. Rosa Martínez explained that it costs, “around 350€ per pupil per month, not including the cost of electricity, water and other utilities”, however, the town hall will be asking parents to pay just 100€ per month, for those on a low income, and just 150€ per month for those classed as higher earners. Bearing in mind the quoted price doesn´t include the utilities mentioned, that means that the town hall is covering around three quarters of the overall costs on behalf of each child. Even those from outside the municipality can receive subsidy if they want their child to attend this flagship establishment, as the councillor for education has also secured funding from the regional government purse, so the parents of children from areas outside the municipality will still only be asked to pay around 200€ per month.
The standard timetable of the school will see classes from 09:00 to 12:00, then from 15:00 to 17:00, but there will also be special arrangements available from 08:00 until 09:00, and after the standard timetable from 17:00 to 19:00, thus allowing children to be looked after for the bulk of the working day, helping parents who want to bet back into the workforce. Lunchtime will also provide activities for those who wish to stay in school, and there is a meal option available at just 80€ per person, per month.
The councillor also explained how the municipal council are trying to serve the slightly older children of the area, by providing extra activities which are geared up for them, and even providing an open forum when young people can have a voice and tell the council exactly what they think of the place where they live, and what improvements young people would like to see, finally giving them a platform to raise issues that affect some of the often forgotten members of the community.
The first event to be held will be this weekend, on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of April, when the youth of the municipality will be welcomed to the Civic Centre, to compete in a marathon sports competition, all based around the Xbox 360 gaming console. With competitors taking part in such diverse games as football, motosport, karaoke, and dancing, all in front of giant screens, this particular contest is focussing specifically on the 12 to 13 year old age group and upwards.
Next, in May, Aventuring is the big event that will take place across three consecutive Sundays. This time, taking the competitors away from the virtual world of games consoles and emerging them into real life games and contests. On Sunday 6th May, there will be a paintball competition on the Orihuela Costa, starting at 09:00 in the morning. The following Sunday, the 13th May, the action moves to La Matanza, where there will be a karting competition, again starting at 09:00, and then, the final week of this batch, held on the 24th June, will see a kayak event being held at Cieza, starting slightly earlier at 08:00. The cost for entry into these events is 17€ each, but with such a full and exhilarating experience awaiting, it is money well spent in what the contestants will gain from the experience.
Finally, at least for the time being, the 12th of May will see the Los Dolces school converted into a mini parliament building, as the forum for young people is held there, from 10:00 until 18:00, when young people will be put into small groups, all with an adult mentor, and be allowed to discuss and debate the subjects that really matter to them, from waste and the use of public buildings, to gardens, the environment, traffic and planning. In other words, this forum will become a voice for the young people to speak and decide on all aspects of the operations of the town hall, and speak, without fear or prejudice, about how they would like to see the area that they live improved.
Following on from this forum, one of the principle aims is to see how the new construction that will become the La Zenia boulevard shopping centre might impact on the lives of these youngsters. The town hall has already managed to secure space in the building, that can be adapted to be used for any purpose that they see fit, so it is only right, and also refreshing, that they are now going to ask the people of the municipality how they town hall can help the young of Orihuela.
Registration for any of the events, or for the forum, can be done at the Orihuela Costa town hall, via the office for international residents. Similarly, parents who would like more information about the nursery, or even about the La Zenia Boulevard, can speak to Denise Wesserling at that office. Also, in the first instance, you can email the town hall to firstname.lastname@example.org, and your questions will be answered directly by the department involved.
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