Torre middle school is a small school that hosts approximately 900 pupils from 5th to 9th grade and offers some adult general education courses in the evening as well. The school is set in a rather deprived area – socially, economically and culturally – and shows poor academic results. However, academic results always need to be contextualized and these students need a boost of vision to help themselves find their way in or outside their mother environment. Because most students are entitled to social support, the school budget can’t afford to offer a technologically modern set of communication gadgets, but that does not hinder teachers’ efforts in projects in many different areas, such as environment and sustainability, arts, sports. Two of the school priorities are to improve students’ motivation and success and to bridge a strong communication between the school and pupils’ families so as to open mentalities to a more constructive and sustainable way of living.
The area surrounding the school is geographically very diverse and appealing to the eye of any tourist for its picturesque views and peculiar fishing boats. Getting to know it, exploring it, protecting it and welcoming its visitors will help to develop a healthy sense of self-esteem in the population, and today’s school has a share of responsibility there. Hence, both a proximity with foreign pupils in the exchange form and the outdoor lessons (worked out by/with the students) programmed for the week on Madeira island in this project will open doors to a more proactive generation in the three ways mentioned before – socially, economically and culturally – and also in the not less important perspective of personal development.
|Escola Básica dos 2º e 3º Ciclos da Torre
Contact person: Isabel Pereira