The FC Barcelona Foundation and Scholas, the social initiative supported by Pope Francis, extended their collaborative agreement in Rome with the Pope himself present alongside Jordi Cardoner, the first vice president of FC Barcelona and vice president of the Foundation, Ramon Cierco, vice president of the Foundation Governing Board, Mària Vallés, director general of the Foundation and José María del Corral, president of Scholas.
The Holy Father welcomed the FC Barcelona Foundation delegation in an event that too place in the presence of representatives who also collaborate with Scholas as well as various young people who attended the events organised in Tarragona last week with the support of the FC Barcelona Foundation. As a symbol of thanks, Jordi Cardoner presented Pope Francis a personalized Barça shirt.
The agreement between the Barça Foundation and Scholas began in 2015 and now will run until 2019 and has as its objective the continuation of the work on promoting positive values in young people and reinforcing their ability to reflect on problems in the society that surrounds them.
A space for reflection
‘Scholas Citizenship’ is an educational methodology that promotes civic commitment and participation in young people in the problems that really affect them to help change themselves and their environment. The project takes place with students from various schools in various cities, both in the state and private sector and it has been described as an innovative and effective tool for integration.
The ‘Scholas Citizenship’ project has counted on the support of the FC Barcelona Foundation since its first edition in Catalonia in 2016 when more than 300 students took part in the city of Barcelona. This year the event was held in Tarragona with more than 200 students involved from 17 schools from the area. During five days, young people took part in various activities with the aim of creating a common space for reflecting on the following problems: inequality and gender violence; discrimination, bullying, stereotypes; topics also designated as priorities within the Foundation’s strategic plan.
Meetings with experts, workshops and debate sessions helped young people put themselves into the mindset of involved, social activists and also allowed them to look at problems from differing points of view, bringing innovative idea to help combat those problems.
Scholas, creating connections
The Scholas organization is a global network of educational centres supported by Pope Francis that has as its objective the integration of educational communities around the world, with special focus on those with fewer resources.