The CFA Ciudad Escolar belongs to an environmental education programme headed by the Educational Council of Madrid.
The Centre is joined in this program by "CRIF": Las Acacias' department of environmental education, Educational centres focusing on environmental instruction: "La Chimenea" of Aranjuez, Nature Workshops "Villaviciosa de Odón" and "Las Acacias", along with Juvenile Refuges "Albergues", "Refugios Juveniles" y "Entornos"
This environmental education programme intends to promote, organise, design, coordinate and administer materials necessary for elementary instruction within Madrid. The development of the programme has been facilitated with the help of the Educational Council of Madrid, the Council for Environmental Education as well as the Council for Economic and Technologic Innovation.
The Centre for Environmental Education Ciudad Escolar is situated within the confines of "Ciudad Escolar" in the northern region of the city of Madrid. Said location is extremely advantageous in providing all of the resources readily available to the centre within the complex. From an extensive maintenance and kitchen staff to neighbouring High School programmes focusing on elementary education, Granja Escuela greatly benefits from its location.
building itself was created in 1968 as a kind of children's shelter
for those under the age of 8 and did not begin as a centre for environmental
education until 1988.
The building itself houses the different workshops where most of the daily activities take place. There is also a kitchen, playground, meeting room, and administrative offices. Upstairs one can find the various dormitories and showers for the children along with an area for the instructional team. The centre is equipped to host up to seventy children, anywhere from the ages of 3 to 9, for visits ranging from a single day to four days. Accommodations can also be made for those less capacitated children visiting for one day.
The themes and topics discussed throughout their stay are intended to address those areas not covered in their regular schools due to lack of resources and materials. The workshops, along with visits to the orchards and stables, deal with medicinal plants, recycled paper, growth and use of certain crops, and the typical chores one may perform in said rural environments.
The staff at the Environmental Education Centre all come highly trained in environmental and elementary education and aim to provide simple and accessible information for the visiting students. Our chief purpose is to simplify the issue of sustainability and show them how to incorporate it throughout their stay and in their daily lives. There are signs all along the building urging conscientious use of water and electricity along with the presence of waste receptacles reserved solely for recycling. The children are also educated on issues of solidarity and equality. Overall, our objective is to promote the subject of preservation and sustainability achieved by periodic staff meetings to ensure input and general accord.
Bilingual Mag: "Rayuela"