Thirty teachers participate in the Service Learning in the Serra de Tramuntana, focusing on hydrological heritage and routes and itineraries to get to know the Serra

Feb 23, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

This year there are 8 new centers in the Service Learning Program, organized by the Serra de Tramuntana Consortium and the Department of Education.

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Thirty teachers participate in the Service Learning in the Serra de Tramuntana

The Consell de Mallorca, through the Serra de Tramuntana World Heritage Consortium, and the Regional Ministry of Education, through the Teacher Training Service (Directorate General for Teaching Staff and Concerted Centers), are collaborating for the eighth consecutive year in the Serra de Tramuntana Service Learning (ApS) program, to promote this methodology that combines learning with the performance of a service to improve aspects of world heritage.

This Thursday, at the Casal de Son Tugores (Alaró), some thirty teachers from the eight schools joining the program this year took part in a training day to delve deeper into the topics they will address in their projects, all related to the declaration of the Serra de Tramuntana World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the Cultural Landscape category in 2011.

Two workshops were held: one by Mauricio Ruiz, professor of Geography at the UIB, entitled Itineraris i rutes per la Serra, and the other on the uses, typology and comparison of mills, given by mill master Miquel Ramis.

The Serra de Tramuntana island director, Antoni Solivellas, assured that “disseminating the values of the Serra in the educational sector is one of the Consortium’s fundamental objectives. For this reason, Solivellas thanked the teachers for their courageous commitment to this innovative methodology that has a positive impact on the conservation of the area and reminded them that “the main premise in the management of our world heritage is that, if you know the Serra, you will surely love it and want to take care of it.

8 school years of the Service Learning Program

This academic year 2023/24, 40 schools have joined the program, with a total of 285 registered teachers. Of these 40 schools, 8 have joined this year and 11 are repeating for the second year. The other 22 have been participating for three or more years. Of note are the 7 that have trusted the program since its launch in the 2016/2017 academic year, which are the CC Sagrados Corazones, CEIP Ses Marjades and IES Guillem Colom Casasnoves, all three from Sóller; CC Balmes, CC San Antonio Abad and CEIP Rey Jaime I, from Palma, and CEIP Fornalutx.

The Serra de Tramuntana Consortium offers the centres participating in the program a free stay in a shelter and also the opportunity to visit, free of charge, the Serra Tramuntana Center in Raixa. In the 2022/2023 school year, 1,027 children from 27 centres spent a night in a shelter and another 516 students from 8 centres went on an excursion to Raixa.
Service learning is an active and participatory methodology that combines learning and service processes in a single project. The children work based on real needs, which favours the establishment of community networks with entities and social agents that share the objective of improving the environment. The program is an opportunity to discover the Tramuntana mountain range as an area full of resources and historical, patrimonial, cultural and natural values, to reinforce the feeling of belonging and to form active and responsible citizens with their environment.