Get to know the paths of the Sierra

Learn, increase awareness, know and offer service from the Serra de Tramuntana. Through an innovative methodology on the Balearic Islands, service learning, the Serra de Tramuntana World Heritage Consortium works together with various schools of the Balearics to benefit from the social and heritage value of the Serra de Tramuntana. The aim of this program is to develop learning and service processes for young people among young people who help to detect the real needs of the environment.

One of the centers that has decided to be part of this new learning system is the Sacred College of Sóller. Pere Rodríguez is one of the teachers who has guided the students in this system that comes from the usual teaching in the classrooms. "Given a project in the Tramuntana Mountains, a school like ours, located in Sóller, could do nothing but take part in this program," they say from the center.

The aim of the program is to create learning and service processes for young people among young people

The teacher explains that the location of the school allows them to cross the road with a note and arrive at the Sierra as quickly as possible. Rodríguez states that the Physical Education course has made one in recent years Didactic unit called NW (walking with sticks) with the aim to present the students of the fifth and sixth of the youth work the environment, especially the ways around their school. By means of short trips or trips, with a maximum duration of one and a half hours, and always making a round trip, ie not to spend twice, the students learn the mountain routes closest to the center. "We should not miss the opportunity that is so close to the Sierra, and the involvement of teachers and students is very great."

Awareness and dissemination

the The most important theme that students have learned is "to know the paths of the Serra". From here a working group was set up to convert a didactic unit of Physical Education into a new methodology of service and learning, in which five main goals are set out: knowing, interpreting, awareness, preservation and dissemination of all values ​​relating to the Serra de Tramuntana (always based on the main theme).

The will is to know, to interpret, to make aware, to preserve and to spread all values ​​related to the Serra de Tramuntana

First of all, meet several paths of the Sierra that are very close to the center. To learn this, Rodríguez explains that "we work on six different routes of the Serra, so the students Increase the orientation capacity and know new routes who are very close to their school. & # 39; The second element that has been studied is Learn to interpret the landscape thanks to the knowledge and learning of different paths. "If the students get to know the environment, they will learn to respect and care for them more easily," says the physical education teacher.

Another goal is Awareness of the youngest of what surrounds them. Rodríguez claims that it is one of the most important lessons of the activity. "We want to be aware of the importance it has for maintaining, maintaining and respecting the heritage of our Serra. When they learn to respect the environment that surrounds them, they learn to appreciate it. For this reason, it is essential to give students the importance of caring for and protecting the environment. "

And to finish, the center wants to spread the work of knowledge of paths, routes and routes in the Sierra. "The students have been able to get a clearer picture of the location of the roads thanks to the fact that we have carried out a technical file with the collected data, the characteristics of the paths, belongings, toponymies and photo's of the travel routes. explanation.

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