The Fundació Autònoma Solidària activities report is published annually to record the work carried out in each one of the organisation’s areas and programmes.
Through a description of the most relevant data in the given academic year, the report is a snap-shot that provides detailed information on the work carried out and, at the same time, is a rendering of accounts to all the people who have collaborated with the FAS.
The 2019-2020 school year was very important for FAS, since it was the year of our twentieth anniversary, but what really stood out was the way we pivoted to the general lockdown brought about by the COVID-19 health emergency. Especially of note was the work done by the PIUNE Inclusion Service to assist 282 people. In the new context of online teaching and evaluation, all the University’s students and professors had to work hard to adapt quickly, but it was especially intense for people with special educational needs.
The various volunteering programmes were also forced to adjust to the new context: from the healthcare programme that was running at Vall d’Hebron Hospital at the most critical time of the pandemic to CROMA 2.0, which was extended to 229 children with a ground-breaking individualised-monitoring format entailing phone interviews and virtual sessions.
At the same time, many of the other programmes that work on raising awareness and educating students on the UAB campus found that virtual formats and social media offered new ways of reaching new audiences. They included the Environment, Justice and Health programmes.
The school year ended, like every year, with the Ítaca Campus, a programme to promote interest in studying among high school students. This year the Campus was pivoted to the new safety measures, but we felt it was important to keep it going after so many months of young people having no contact with each other or direct links to schools.
Finally, we would mention that, despite the adversities, we were able to roll out a number of exceptional actions in the 2019-2020 school year. Firstly, we continued to successfully promote the UAB Service-Learning Office. Secondly, we increased support for students by awarding 10 scholarships for refugee students and eight for handicapped students. Thirdly, we created an Advisory Council, made up of 24 people of recognised prestige, who joined us in defining the Foundation’s strategy and what lies ahead.
Despite everything, an optimistic future awaits!
Access to the Activities Report 2019-2020.
The purpose of this report is to take stock of the activity carried out by FAS during the financial year 2018-19, while also holding ourselves accountable to all those who have made it possible. As the persons responsible for FAS, we thus wish to express our gratitude to the 520 persons involved in volun-teer work, extra curricular practices, the work group and the board and the funding bodies that have ensured the feasibility of its programmes.
The report sets out the programmes and activities implemented last year based on the 4 main lines of action of our institution: In relation to these, we wish to highlight several aspects.
Firstly, the firm decision to promote the Service-Learning educational method along with other travelling companions from our university, which has led us at FAS to offer our services as a UAB Service-Learning office. This office is now a reality and has started to operate with remarkable results, as you will see in the report.
Secondly, we would like to highlight the consolidation of the Reception Pro-gramme as a line of work that is unique to FAS, which increased last year in the academic support area, through the reception of new students from Lebanon and Iraq. Precisely all these actions formed part of the fully explicit slogan of the Annual Festival and the academic year: #UABRefugi. Likewise, we should mention the change in name of the PIUNE programme (Programa de Integración de los Universitarios con Necesidades Especiales) from the Disabled Persons Service to the UAB Service for Inclusion, in line with the paradigm of making universities accessible to everyone, in order to provide a positive response to the particularities of each student, without dis-crimination. The new name falls within the scope of the UAB’s Second Action Plan on Disability and Inclusion for 2018-2023.
Lastly, we are pleased to say that we are presenting this document during the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, when FAS is starting to organise some activities related to its 20th anniversary. We have twenty courses and twenty activity reports that help us obtain a more than positive balance of this unique institution, which was first set up in 1999 with the support of UAB.
Access the Anual Report 2018-2019.
We wish to say that this report contains various elements that are different from those of previous years. We have tried to make the document shorter, reducing the length of the programme descriptions and showing the impact by means of data displayed in a clear and visually attractive manner. We have also provided space for testimonials in order to put a voice to and express the opinions of all those who have made FAS’s activity possible and the users or beneficiaries of the programmes. We hope you will find the new format easy to read and that it will help you better understand our work.
As an entity that is especially sensitive to the important social challenges we face as a country, this report reflects our concern in the form of specific programmes, some of them fairly recent and others with a long tradition. In particular, in relation to the last year, we wish to mention our attempt to offer a response to the challenge of the forced migrations to Europe through the enormous dedication and growth of the Refugee Reception Programme, which consolidates the experience of UAB as a singular model in the European context.
Furthermore, in the area of educational achievements, we implemented the new phase of the CROMA 2.0 Programme, with a greater focus on the role of support from the university. Lastly, as the parties responsible for the Foundation, we wish to express our gratitude to the excellent FAS team of volunteers, trainees and technical staff, and to the financing entities who have ensured the feasibility of their programmes.
Access to the Activities report for the year 2017-2018
Moreover, the FAS has deployed and consolidated actions in fields we have been adding to our field of action over the last few years, such as Hosting refugees, education for development, workplace insertion of people at risk of exclusion or learning and services.
It is precisely this growth in the impact and diversity of programmes and intervention methodologies over the last few years that made us realise the importance of reflecting on how we would like to face the coming years.
This is what led us to begin the thought process that has allowed us to define a strategic plan for the coming years. This has undoubtedly been the most significant qualitative element in this term. As we have seen, this is an extremely useful tool when it comes to reflecting on the future of this entity with the series of linked people and institutions which, with regard to the FAS, are many: from the Board of Trustees to the PAS and PDI of the university, not to mention entities, educational centres, justice centres and administrations, as well as the students, technical staff and volunteers of the entity. We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of them for their collaboration in the plan that will allow us to position the FAS as a university social entity of reference over the course of the coming years.
The activities report also enables us to take stock of the academic year. As is a regular occurrence in our yearly cycle, we strove to uphold the services and programmes we have developed over recent years, increasing the impact of the programmes in terms of beneficiaries and launching and consolidating new lines of work.
One of the most important new activities was without doubt the agreement reached with the Catalan Commission for Refugee Aid which enabled the UAB to be a university that opens its campus to people seeking international protection. In this joint work by the Commission, the UAB and the FAS, the experience of life on campus was a successful one which saw the 16 refugees who were living on our campus feel part of an open and diverse student community in which they were able to learn and share with the students who engaged in the language integration and social programme.
Access to the Report of the 2015-2016 academic year