“Working to learn and learning to live.” This is the motto of the project. Our young people are admitted to the project in March at the beginning of the new school year and usually stay with us until they finish secondary school. They live in residential groups of 8 people. In these so-called NUCFAS (nucleos familiares) they live largely autonomously.
The project pays for their school uniforms if the families’ money is low and they receive free meals from the project kitchen. The meals are taken in the morning, noon and evening in the dining room (comedor) together with the project workers.
Each NUCFA has a trained pedagogical supervisor (consejero/a), who is responsible for the educational work, who ensures compliance with the rules, cleanliness and order and assists with homework. The pupils must also make their own contribution to the maintenance of the project’s facilities.
By EAPNE (Educación Alternativa Práctica no Escolarizada) we refer to the extra-curricular training of young people in the various workshops (talleres). They should learn basic skills in various handicrafts and in agriculture, which they can use later. In addition, the EAPNE is intended to provide orientation for later career choices. The state secondary schools demand a lot from the pupils. Lessons often take place in the afternoon and homework is demanding. Therefore, the pupils often do not have much free time, but they like to fill it with sporting activities.