What is it
It is an institution that has over fifty years serving children, youth and families who are at risk of social exclusion. Looking to respond to the multiple lacks and needs of this collective, Nazaret is set up in three sectors: a Day Center consisting in an educational establishment qualified like Elementary and Secondary Singular Education Action Center and Day Centre of Social Services; Family programs to work with families in their homes and nearby environment and to work with women in situations of marginalization; and a Living Center providing residential care for children deprived of parental care or in severe vulnerability.
Aims of the action
Three principles characterize the way of proceeding of Nazaret:
- Center the task in those that have no care (children and marginalized families, socially excluded) or the care they receive is inadequate.
- Adapt the answers to the ever changing and evolving specific needs, according to the times and the recipients.
- Working in a coordinated and integrated way with public network of social services that, for justice, must protect the rights of citizens at disadvantage situation in a Social and Rule of Law country like ours .
The objective of the Day Center is to give an appropriate educational and social response to the socio-economic and affective deficiencies of minors that:
- Help to avoid rejection and premature school leaving.
- Undertake a preventive action which would prevent subsequent problems of social maladjustment and aggressive behavior in society.
- Prepare them, personally and professionally, for an occupational integration as an essential way for social integration.
How they do it
The Day Centre is an integrated socio-educational resource, composed bay a school of Elementary and Secondary Education, classified by the Ministry of Education as Singular Education Action School and Day Centre of Social Services itself.
The current project began during 1989 to 1990, having over the years, successive adaptations. The educational experience “breaks” the classical school structure, to accommodate the “almost” unschooling (and unschooled) adolescents, rather than their school failure, for their “school refusal”. The slogan “No a different school, but something different to school” is used, wanting to express the objective of the school to adapt to them, rather than being forced to adapt to a school perceived as hostile and rejecting.
Based on the cognitive and reactive characteristics of these boys, with marginal life styles, or very disadvantaged backgrounds, adapt the pedagogical principles to them.
In school time serves a total of 175 children, 24 of whom (with higher familiar deficiencies) extend their stay to dinner. Furthermore Nazaret school develops a Project of Educational Compensation in Elementary and Secondary Education to serve in school time and at midday, children with educational needs and situations of social risk because of their socioeconomic and family circumstances (extended family, absentee fathers, parental role inhibition, housing problems, ethnic minority, mother or father with psychiatric psychological conflict, absenteeism, serious educational backwardness, etc..).
Most of the school population that serves the school comes from the most depressed areas of Alicante city, the neighborhoods of Our Lady of Carmen, José Antonio, Cemetery area, Colonia Santa Isabel, Juan XXIII, etc.. All this work is performed by an educational team of 13 teachers in Elementary School, 13 Secondary teachers (tutors, teachers and workshop monitors), 2 psychologists (one per stage) and 1 social worker.
By Family Programs, prevention is enhanced by acting before the deterioration of family life that becomes necessary the child’s separation from his family. Through two programs are working individually with each family at its home and immediate environment. It works with Mothers and Children of High Risk (pregnant women or with young children under three years). A third program works with women’s groups, focusing on acquiring skills, attitudes and relationships which lack by their marginalized situation. These measures are implemented in the cities of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, San Juan and Campello, serving 120 families and over 300 children.
Through the Living Center is made the residential placement for children in homelessness or serious vulnerability that prevents to stay with their families. It has 6 homes across the city, with a total capacity of 38 minors in simultaneous care and 2 homes of emancipation, for boys and girls who, having reached the age of majority, continue to need support to achieve sufficient autonomy for integration into society. The 38 places for minors are arranged with the Department of Social Wellness of the Valencian Community, which is the administrative body that has appropriate powers for the protection of minors. It is the Ministry itself which derives minors our homes.
Who makes it
The head is Miguel Angel Segura Palomares, head of the center, with a team of educators.