On 13 September, Queen Letizia of Spain traveled to Almeria to preside over the official ceremony that opened the School Year 2016/2017, with the participation of 8,100,000 students and 670,000 teachers distributed in more than 28,000 schools in this training cycle spread over the country.
As usual, every year the Queen visits one School to mark the occasion. This year’s choice was Ginés Morata’s Elementary and Primary Educational Centre (C.E.I.P).
After the welcome greetings, Letizia unveiled a commemorative plaque and began her tour of the facilities, during which she visited the Early Childhood Education classroom (4 years), the Special Needs Children classroom, the library, the Elementary Education classroom (7 years) and the Primary Education classroom, where she witnessed a class of children between 9 and 10 years. After this tour, the Queen held a brief meeting with school board members, parents, and teachers.
Among the features that distinguish the college are its commitment to participation in European initiatives such as Comenius Program”U-Knight Europe”for values education, Erasmus Plus K-1 project of good educational practices and Erasmus Plus K- 1 of emotional intelligence and equality. The center is also part of the Multilingualism Plan, since 2008-2009, teaching English as a first language, from 3 years, and French as a second language, from the 3rd grade. It should also be noted the use of ICT from the early stages of schooling.
This center has also classrooms for integration support, autism spectrum disorder, and special education.
The center chosen this year to host the opening of the school year is named after the biologist Ginés Morata, winner of the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.
Queen Letizia takes part of the official ceremony that opened the School Year since her times as Princess of Asturias, every year in a different School. Education is a special issue on the Spanish Queen’s Agenda.