More than 7,500 young people benefit annually from the hand of the Second Chance Schools, which through personalized treatment and support make them aware of their worth, despite not having fit into the traditional educational system of an "excluding society" "
These are the objectives of these centers that although they have been operating for years in Spain, in 2016 they decided to join the Association of Second Chance Schools (E2O) that this week celebrates in Madrid the IV National Meeting under the motto "#GenerandoTalento", in the on Wednesday, the Minister of Education and Vocational Training (FP), Isabel Celaá.
"They are different schools, that break the classrooms, that do not have books and that are training the workers that are going to sustain society in the coming years", explains Sara Martín, of the Pinardi Federation of Social Platforms and details that they are financed with the support of regional, local and business administrations.
The 35 centers that are accredited in Spain to provide this training, in which some 750 teachers work, have a line dedicated to training in trades and another focused on providing young people with the possibility of resuming their studies and becoming qualified, according to Martín.
In this sense, Ximo, one of the educators of Initiatives Solidaries of Valencia, warns that "the system is very structured, very stagnant and is not made for everyone" so "if you do not enter inside that box you are unviable and you are expelled. "
Refuses to be "the kids that do not work" and advocates going "to their context, understand the backpack they carry behind and know the situation they have at home," before "focus and create a personalized itinerary" and make it clear that failure does not exist.
This was confirmed by Azahara after leaving school at the age of 12 because she did not provide the support she needed and to get to the Acollida Center of Iniciatives Solidàries to finish Secondary and "have dreams and aspirations".
Azahara, who now struggles to be a designer of failures, says she recognizes that she has understood that you can get what you want "with a little support you do not get in high school.
An opinion shared by Íñigo, who at the age of 21 has taken this course to a carpentry workshop of the Cooperativa Peñascal de Bilbao, in which he has experienced "how wood brings out the best in it".
Stresses that these centers "do not look at your previous career" and continuously motivate students, who also provide psychological support.
He claims to feel "more in a company than in an institute learning" because of the practical training they offer in front of more traditional centers with stagnant teachers "releasing the same roll for a thousand years".