The President of the Government of Catalonia, Francina Armengol, together with the Councillor for Social Affairs and Sports, Fina Santiago, visited the boat Astral, belonging to the NGO Open Arms. The president and the councillor were accompanied by the head of Open Arms’ education department, Ángeles Schjaer, and the director of communication and projects at Open Arms, Laura Lanuza.
Astral boat of the NGO Open Arms
The boat Astral, which has been in Mallorca since last Monday, has been working with the Department of Social Affairs and the NGO Open Arms to bring the phenomenon of migration and human rights in the Mediterranean closer to the general public and, in particular, to schools. The boat’s arrival is part of the programme of educational centres for global and transformative citizenship promoted by the Department of Social Affairs and Sports and the Department of Education and Vocational Training with the aim of raising awareness of issues such as human rights violations and inequality.
Since the 20th of last year, school visits to Astral have been scheduled, and a total of 14 schools (9 in Mallorca, 3 in Ibiza and 2 in Menorca) and more than 800 primary, secondary and high school students are expected to take part. It will be in Mallorca until the 26th of March with school visits and an open day for the entire population on Friday the 24th of March, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
In Ibiza, it will be open from the 29th of March to the 1st of April with visits to centres and an open day on Wednesday the 29th of March and Friday the 31st of March from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, as well as Saturday the 1st of April from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. In Maó, it will be on 4 April on a day dedicated to schools.