The FP also knows about inclusion
We meet for the family photo at one end of the great central square of the old Universidad Laboral. The first thing they explain to us is that the sign made with stones with the name of the Campus Educatiu de Tarragona was placed by them. They are proud because their footprint begins to be seen in different corners of the complex.
It is the entire group of the Specific Training Itinerary (IFE) of Sports Facilities Maintenance Assistant of the Cal·lipolis Institute. It is an itinerary adapted for young people with mild or moderate intellectual disabilities.
This year the first graduating class will graduate and, beyond the physical footprint they are leaving in the complex, they are also finding a space among their fellow campuses and marking a milestone in terms of inclusion.
Elisa Camps, coordinator of the itinerary in which there are currently 37 students, explains that one of the peculiarities is its duration: four years. They may seem like a lot, she points out, but this is a time when maturation is important, considering that students are between 16 and 20 years old when they enter.
Autonomy starts on the bus
There are two large blocks: the one that has to do specifically with the area to which they will be dedicated, related to the activity of sports facilities, and the one that has to do with personal autonomy. The latter begins even before arriving, when taking the bus, an action that many had not done until then.
Social skills and healthy habits work in this block. They also learn to do household chores, from cooking (starting with shopping) to taking care of clothes.
They explain to us, for example, that they go to the laundry to fold the sheets of the residence and they have just ordered an inventory of sports equipment, as well as the cleaning of some sports bibs "They place orders with us, we work as a service," he says. Camps who assures that taking responsibility for these tasks is something that gives students satisfaction because they see the usefulness of their work.
Each student, a world
The other block is the one that has to do specifically with the itinerary that prepares them to work doing maintenance and preparation of sports equipment, repairing small breakdowns, organizing events... The intention is that they can work as assistants in gyms and other facilities sports in both public and private centers.
In fact, fourth-year students this year are doing 385 hours of internships at municipal facilities in Tarragona and Salou and at Nàstic. Saida Bazzine is one of them, and she says that she is doing internships in the Riu Clar pool: "I like it, I'm learning and I have good colleagues," she explains with a smile.
They collaborate with students from other studies and, for example, they act as clients for pharmacy students and, above all, they work hand in hand with those from studies related to sports activities.
Outside the complex they also have projects with the Club Hoquei Vila-seca, where in addition to doing maintenance work or preparing material, they play Floorball, a kind of hockey without skates. Since this year they also have an agreement with AYR Tarragona, where in addition to working with the material they have the opportunity to play basketball.
Nati Navarro, one of the teachers, explains that the groups are small, with a maximum of twelve students, because each young person has a very different profile. In some cases, motor disorders or hearing problems are added to the difficulties in understanding a message or expressing oneself. “Difficult tasks are divided into parts. We try to make them discover how things work. It is not just that they learn to perform tasks but that they reason, ask questions », she describes.
The director of the Institut Cal·lípolis, Mari Pau García, acknowledges that launching this pilot program has been a challenge for the center "but we have more than overcome it". And she explains that everyone is learning by experience and gauging efforts. She points out, for example, that a significant investment of human resources time is needed that it would be good if it were recognized.
They would also like to be able to participate in the guarantee commission that is dedicated to the admission of students to obtain more detailed information on their profiles before their arrival at the center.
The rest of the institute's students have also gained in learning "it has given them the opportunity to meet and interact with other people they are going to meet in their work, in their lives," says the director, who says that the assessments made after shared activities are usually very positive.
Aleix Martí and Candace Lantei. IFE third-year students also explain that they like the atmosphere in the institute "we meet people who study other things and we greet each other," they point out. Both of them, at the end of the itinerary, would like to continue studying and working "to have our life".
Seeing them get lost among other young people at the time of the patio (some go to play football with people from other training cycles) Cristina Torres, technician in social integration summarizes: «integration was this».