Rural school in motion: evaluation and proposal session

This week, the team and groups that make up the project “Rural school in motion” met in order to evaluate the results of the training course for rural school teachers that finished on March 22nd. The initiative has been a success in terms of participation and has allowed us to collect proposals for strategic lines to introduce the Mudejar heritage identity in schools beyond the artistic subjects.

This initiative has been made possible thanks to the teachers who have participated in this project and to the general directorate of education of the Government of Aragon through the Teacher Training programmes.The Government of Aragon,

which has given us support for the first action of the project at the Centro de Profesorado María de Ávila with the magnificent coordination of Minerva Salanova Muñoz.

We are still working to develop more actions within this initiative, which we will be detailing, among them: conferences for families and local agents and group visits.

“Rural school in motion” is a cooperation project between rural development groups coordinated by the ADRI Calatayud-Aranda group, together with Cedemar, Adefo Cinco Villas, Asomo Moncayo, Adrae Comarca Alta del Ebro, Fedivalca y Adri Jiloca Gallocanta, and financed by the Government of Aragon through the Leader programme and the Provincial Council of Zaragoza through the Territorio Mudéjar association, as a private collaborating entity that manages the implementation and execution of the initiative.

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Nearly 50 teachers participate in the course “Rural school in motion” (Circular desde la escuela rural) to promote Mudejar identity and rural rootedness

Nearly 50 teachers participate in the course “Rural school in motion” (Circular desde la escuela rural) to promote Mudejar identity and rural rootedness. Most of those enrolled are active teachers in rural schools in some 20 towns.

This is the first training action of a cooperation project between rural development groups coordinated by the ADRI Calatayud-Aranda; CEDEMAR Ribera Baja del Ebro and Bajo Aragón-Caspe; ADEFO Cinco Villas; ASOMO Moncayo; ADRAE Ribera Alta del Ebro; FEDIVALCA Valdejalón and Campo de Cariñena; and ADRI Jiloca-Gallocanta, with the participation of Territorio Mudéjar as a collaborating private entity responsible for the implementation of the project.

The project, which lasts 18 months, is financed by the Leader programme of the Government of Aragon and the Council of Zaragoza through the association Territorio Mudéjar.

The first session of this course – which links education, heritage and innovation – was held on 15 February and will continue on 22 February and 1, 8 and 15 March. In these sessions, participants will learn how to take the first steps in the development of educational materials around the Mudejar identity of the villages, placing the rural schools and the educational community of the villages at the centre of the project.

The initiative has received a good response from the public and includes teachers from towns of Territorio Mudéjar such as Quinto (CEIP Fernando el Católico) Calatayud (CEIP Salvador Minguijón), Ateca (CEIP Virgen de la Peana), Villarreal de Huerva and Romanos (CRA Fernando el Católico), Mainar (CEIP Santa Ana), Ricla (CRA Maestro Monreal); Aniñón, Cervera de la Cañada and Torralba de Ribota (CRA Río Ribota), Magallón (CRA La Huecha), San Mateo de Gállego (CEIP Galo Ponte), Alagón, Tobed and Mesones de Isuela (CRA Vicort Isuela). It has also been very well received throughout Aragon with teachers from the schools of Utrillas, Escucha, Híjar, Zaidín, Villarroya de la Sierra and Zaragoza. People linked to education who are interested in the project have also signed up.

At a global level, this initiative has a triple purpose: to work on the introduction of the Mudejar heritage identity in the work programmes of schools beyond the artistic or complementary areas; to involve the educational community in the valuation of the Mudejar heritage as part of their personal history, which favours the knowledge, conservation and dissemination of the identity of the towns; and to use the work carried out in schools as material for dissemination and tourist use on the Mudejar heritage of the villages for family and children audiences.

The starting point for this course is the working methodology and the results of the pilot project that was carried out in the CRA Vicort Isuela during the 2018-2019 academic year and which is the starting point for the implementation of the project in the schools of the villages of Territorio Mudéjar.

The course will be taught by Laura Castejón and Víctor Gumiel, teachers who carried out the design and testing of the pilot project, and Victoria E. Trasobares, director of Territorio Mudéjar who has extensive experience in the management and implementation of Mudéjar heritage management projects in rural areas.

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International Day of Education: how to introduce the methodology of heritage studies into curricula

Territorio Mudéjar joins the International Day of Education, a celebration proclaimed by UNESCO which this year is dedicated to “Recovering and revitalising education for the COVID-19 generation”

At Territorio Mudéjar we work to link education, heritage and innovation; to introduce the methodology of heritage studies into curricula; to achieve a rural and identity-based rootedness beginning in the classroom; to train university and postgraduate students in methodology and heritage (Challenge Programme); and to create knowledge through our research stays.

We are convinced that everything starts at school and that school is a passport to the future that helps to shape what we will be tomorrow.

In this task, teachers are essential, compasses that activate the magnets of curiosity and knowledge.Our latest initiative “Rural school in motion” is aimed at them.

Students, families, teachers, administrative and service staff and the educational community in general: Happy Education Day!