We brought university closer to 200 children in el Vallès
Students from the Socio-educative Programme ‘CROMA 2.0’, organized by Fundació Autònoma Solidària, visited the UAB campus on 28 May. This trip offered them a positive and motivational view towards learning through activities linked to faculties and research centers in universities.
The CROMA 2.0 programme is an initiative by FAS. This initiative allows UAB to cooperate with high schools from the Vallès Occidental region that have students at risk of social inclusion. This socio-educative programme aims to achieve successful careers for the children that take part in it through support in the process of involvement in school.
Therefore, 190 students from 18 schools that took part in the programme during this year visited the UAB campus on 28 May. The main aim was to get to know the university and bring the children closer to the research team that worked in the programme during this academic year. The visit had a first part in which they saw the facilities for the research staff and faculties. The second part consisted of a gymkhana with games, challenges and questions regarding the UAB Campus.
During this visit, students visited the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), which took part in the workshop “How can we reduce pollution in our school?”; the Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques (IGOP), who organised the programme “Research – Participative Action in educational centres”; the Centre de Visió per Computador (CVC), which organised the project “How can we design a pain detector for patients who cannot communicate it?” and lastly, the Grup de Recerca en Didàctica de les Ciències Socials (GREDICS) with the idea “Let’s do social cinema at school”.
Fundació Autònoma Solidària commits to build a tighter link between university and educational centres in order to awaken the interest in learning in children and the youth, as well as their involvement in school. This is not the only objective these programmes are seeking but also for the learning in these schools to be linked to everyday life. Furthermore, higher education studies are expected to be a real option in the future.