The closure and the last School Chance’s face-to-face meeting took place in Barcelona on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June 2022
The activity consisted of getting to know firsthand, one of the good practices of school mobility, transferred in February. The partners voted to travel to the city of Barcelona on the occasion of the good practice "Let's protect the schools", a program of pacification and transformation of school surroundings through tactical urbanism.
Following the covid-19 pandemic, the setting of school has been one of the most discussed topic on the table. At the entrance and exit of the children to class, many families shared a very small space on the sidewalk in front of the school door. In this sense, the Program “Let’s protect schools”, has been key in this pandemic context. From 2019 to this year, 200 school surroundings have been transformed.
On Thursday morning the partners of Reggio Emilia, Gdansk, Brasov, Utrecht, and other local stakeholder members from the respective countries and Catalonia, in total 42 people attendees, met 4 school surroundings in the Eixample district, the configuration of the Sant Antoni superblock, and the new green hub, that will be built on Consell de Cent street. The itinerary was accompanied by a coffee break stop at the old prison called La Model, where different staff members from Barcelona City Council, explained the work methodology they use to develop the Program Let’s protect schools, and the pacification of the super blocks. On the other hand, they also explained the participatory process that was carried out to think about how each school's surroundings should be, taking into account at all times the opinion of the educational community.
On Friday morning, some partners and local stakeholder members joined the Bicibús initiative that the families of the Eixample self-manage to bring their children to school in a shared, sustainable and horny way. About 200 people attended. After that, the last partner meeting, was held in the Department of the Vice-Presidency and Digital Policies and Territory of the Generalitat of Catalonia, where they shared the results acquired over the six years, and personal impressions of their participation in the project.
The School Chance project began in 2017 and ends after six years of work, this year 2022. Seven different European countries have participated, 9 good practices in sustainable school mobility have been officially transferred (can be consulted on the official website of the School Chance), around 100 people had increased their capacity for school mobility, 77 political learning activities have been carried out, and each partner has developed a bending Regional or Local Action Plan.
The total budget of the project has been € 1,842,585 to cover staff costs, office and administration, travel and accommodation of the partner meetings group; workshops, training, study visits, and external and expertise.
The School Chance has encouraged the different regions to develop and execute their own Regional or Local Action Plans. These plans mark today, outside the School Chance project, the sheet of the route of the strategies to be developed throughout each territory, so that school mobility will become sustainable, autonomous, safe and healthy.