Organiser: Itaca Educational Association (Associació Educativa Itaca).

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Dates of implementation: 25/06/2018 – 31/08/2018.

 

Summer Camp 2018, an initiative which creates equal opportunities in education and leisure

The Summer Camp 2018 is part of a series of activities organised by the Itaca Educational Association throughout the summer holidays. With 850 places available, the programme creates equal opportunities in education and leisure for children and adolescents between 3 and 16 years old that are at risk of social exclusion from the neighbourhoods of Collblanc and La Torrassa in L’Hopitalet de Llobregat. 52% of the children attending have been recommended by Social Services or other similar organisations in the area. The Summer Camp therefore ensures the participation of children with functional diversity and behavioural disorders.

The Itaca Educational Association Summer Camp teaches children how to live together, about cultural diversity and social integration, and works towards developing healthy eating habits in a fun environment. The initiative works alongside the community project, promoting the insertion and participation of children and adolescents in the local, social, and cultural life of the neighbourhoods above. The Summer Camp focuses on activities that support schooling, cultural learning, health education, participation, social competence, leisure and sports education. In parallel, Summer Camp organises activities outside of the facilities where it takes place. The attendees go on two weekly excursions as part of a varied activities programme. In addition to occupying the children over their summer holidays, they are guaranteed three meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and a snack.

 

Itaca Educational Association, an organisation committed to children and their families

Founded in the year 1977, the Itaca Educational Association is an organisation with its roots in the neighbourhoods of Collblanc and Torrassa in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat that runs socioeducational projects for the community. Its mission is to promote equal opportunities and activities that encourage personal development and empowerment in children, young people, and their families.

The Itaca Educational Association works towards education, leisure and social impact. Declared a Public Utility by the Catalan Government, the organisation attends more than 300 people per day, the majority of whom are socially vulnerable. Over the last decade, the organisation has backed social projects launched and designed by detecting emerging needs, with the objective of protecting children and their families, and creating a climate of trust and active listening.

 

Collblanc and La Torrassa, the most densely populated square kilometre in Europe

The neighbourhoods of Collblanc and La Torrassa make up the most densely populated square kilometre in Europe, according to Eurostat. A total of 53,119 people live in the area, when the average in Spain is 93 inhabitants per square kilometre. The second densest square kilometre has 901 less inhabitants, and is the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

The inhabitants of Collblanc and La Torrassa make up 20.64% of the population of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, which is the second largest city by population in Catalonia (257,349 residents were counted in the census of 2017). As for the immigrant population, over 40% of the inhabitants of Torrassa and more than 43% of the inhabitants of Collblanc are from abroad, according to data from the 2016 Annual Statistics Report for L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, and come from 122 different countries.

18.2% of the inhabitants of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat at risk of poverty, higher than average in Catalonia (13.9%), and than the city of Barcelona (13%). The socioeconomic realities of the families participating in Summer Camp are complex. The large majority experience economic difficulties, and in general, live under a constant state of stress, as they often do not have access to the basic necessities.

 

Links of interest:

Itaca Educational Association website.