SOS Children’s Villages supports 2,709 boys, girls and adolescents to return to school from 30 day care centers and 5 early childhood education centers

  • From its 30 day care centres, Aldeas provides school supplies, textbooks, food aid, clothing, shoes and hygiene items to children and adolescents at risk and provides them with support at school to reduce the educational and digital divide.
  • Organizing direct childcare facilitates access to education from 0 to 3 years for vulnerable boys and girls in five Early Childhood Education Centres.
  • Families at risk of social exclusion welcome the new school year with a high level of uncertainty, warns Aldeas Infantiles SOS.

September 6, 2022 Every third child and adolescent in our country is at risk of social exclusion and faces returning to the classroom in precarious conditions. To compensate for inequalities and reduce the gap in education, SOS Children’s Villages works from its 30 day centers and its five early childhood education centers with 2,709 children and adolescents and with 1,561 families referred by social services. The organization provides them with everything they need to go back to school: school supplies, textbooks, clothing, shoes and cover basic needs when needed. And it continues to support them throughout the year, promoting the overall development of boys and girls and strengthening their families.

Families at risk of social exclusion welcome the new school year with a high level of vulnerability, job insecurity and difficulties not only in acquiring school supplies, textbooks and uniforms, but also in paying for supplies, rent and even covering basic needs. The significant increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that is occurring is having a particularly severe impact on these families. This is what SOS Children’s Villages says, which from the 30 day centers it has in different parts of Spain prepare 2,450 children and adolescents to return to the classroom and help 1,339 families.

The direct childcare organization provides them with school supplies, textbooks, clothing, shoes and hygiene products. Likewise, when necessary, it provides food for them, either directly, through economic assistance, or through the chairs it has in some of its centers. In addition, Aldeas pays special attention to the mental and emotional health of children and adolescents affected by the changing circumstances resulting from the pandemic and crisis.

Aldeas works with them and their families throughout the year with the aim of prevention and strengthening the family in four areas of intervention: educational, social, health and basic needs. This is achieved by promoting the development and autonomy of children, adolescents and their families through skills training and strengthening their family and social networks.

Boys, girls and teenagers go to Day Centers in the afternoon after they leave school. In them, they find help at school, access to digital devices, snacks, games, one-on-one tutoring, cultural and recreational outings, as well as educational workshops, among other activities.

In the morning, the same centers work to strengthen the parenting skills of families, who also receive training to improve their employability and family life. Digital literacy, home economics, healthy eating or basic computing applied to job hunting are some of the lines of study they have access to.

Multidisciplinary teams made up of educators, social workers, psychologists and pedagogues combine individualized attention with group work strategies. They also have the support of voluntary staff and work in a network with the community that surrounds the child or adolescent: educational centers, health centers or therapists, as well as the administration and social services.

The 30 day care centers that Aldeas Infantiles SOS has in Spain are in Catalonia (5), Galicia (4), Madrid (3), Andalucia (5), Castilla-La Mancha (1), Aragon (3), the Canary Islands islands (6), Valencia (1), Asturias (1) and the Balearic Islands (1).

Access to the first cycle of early childhood education

SOS Children’s Villages is also preparing to return to the classroom in the five early childhood education centers it has in Cuenca, Granada, San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Zaragoza. They are visited by boys and girls from families who need to reconcile professional and family life, and others referred by the social services, in whose homes they are in situations of vulnerability, a diversity that favors integration.

In total, the organization serves 259 boys and girls and 222 families. Working with the latter is one of the hallmarks of these centers, which have an innovative educational project based on multiple intelligences so that all boys and girls can fully develop their different capabilities, positive discipline and multisensory stimulation. , which allows us to offer comprehensive and personalized attention.

The organization ensures that early childhood education is fundamental in the evolutionary development of boys and girls and that it favors their educational performance at later levels. More specifically, in the cycle from 0 to 3 years, the foundations are laid for their proper intellectual, physical, psychomotor, emotional and social growth, and abilities and skills are acquired, which are consolidated in the second cycle. And for vulnerable children, in addition, early childhood education compensates for the disadvantages they may have at home by providing them with the necessary incentives for their proper development.

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