“Fed up” families will demand from Educació the real deployment of the inclusive school

That each boy or girl with a specific need has the resource and support throughout the entire compulsory educational stage. It is the idea that contemplates the inclusive school decree, approved in 2017and who share both the Department of Education like the families. But that goal is not yet a reality and families with children with special needs They must fight each year so that at the beginning of the new course their children have the support they need, be it a night watchman, a nurse or a speech therapist.

It is the case of Ana Ibanez, who has been fighting for some time to ensure that her daughter Martina, who suffers from diabetes, has the care she requires. This class is assigned a night watchman for 5 hours a day, a figure, she says, “proportional to our insistence.” Translated: whoever insists and claims the most, receives the most. It should not be like this, especially when there is a decree that guarantees full attention to students. “Sometimes they have told me: ‘to give hours to your daughter, we have to take them from another child’. It is not that. It is that all children have what they need“, abounds Ibáñez who, as in his school there is no nurse, She goes to school every day to give her daughter insulin injections.

“All families have gone through the same thing. We talked to Educació, where everything is understanding and good words, but then, the day-to-day reality is that you have to fight for resources. It’s a constant fight,” says Ibáñez. In the case of her daughter, for example, two months before there is an excursion, Ana has to mobilize to ensure that the girl will have support and that she will be able to go on an excursion like the rest of her classmates. He explains that “the emotional toll is devastating”, but that she is moved by the courage to ensure that her daughter has all the resources. “That gives me the strength to continue.”

“We are very lonely”

The families are “fed up” with begging and demand that Educació deploy the decree now and allocate the economic resources to guarantee that Catalan schools are truly inclusive. “We are very alone. And in the end it is other families who inform you and guide you,” she laments. That is why they have joined the strike call of the unions against the Education policies for this Wednesday, March 30. It has been an initiative promoted from the networks by Noemí Font and Ana Ibáñez but which has the support of the Escola Inclusiva platform.

This will be a day with a double focus. On the one hand, a demonstration will go to Plaça de Sant Jaume, to demand the reversal of cuts in education. And another will be planted in front of the headquarters of the ‘conselleria’, on Via Augusta in Barcelona, ​​to demand a true inclusive school. “Families are part of the educational community. And we also want to make our voices heard.” “We don’t want any more explanations. We want a budget item,” demands Ibáñez.

The organizers of this mobilization stress that their demand is both for the children who are going to ordinary school as for those who are going to special schools. “Everyone should have the care they need,” emphasizes Ibáñez. “No child without resources!” It will be his catchphrase.

the times you’ve cried

So they will take their demands to the doors of the ‘conselleria’ where they have foreseen that there will be a ‘speaker’s corner’ in which whoever wants can explain “when has Educació made you cry”. These days, on Twitter, they have already begun to give their testimonies. Ibáñez herself began: “I cried when Jesús Viñas –currently president of the Consell Escolar de Catalunya and then director of the Vallès Occidental Territorial Services– told me that the center already had the resources to care for Martina, who was then 2 years. Her teacher could take care of Martina’s 27 classmates and manage the girl’s sugar levels”, she recalls with irony.

“I cried the day Educació suggested that I take my daughter to a private school where they had a nurse. I cried helplessly,” explains Noemí Font, mother of Emma Joana, a girl with spina bifida. “I have cried in every discrimination that my son has suffered in an ‘inclusive school’. In 7 years he could not do the full school schedule, neither excursions nor colonies”, he says Natalia, mother of Marc, a boy with Down syndrome.

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“I cried the day I signed the unfavorable agreement report for my son’s schooling with the unpleasant director of the EAP. They wanted him to go to a special school against all the medical reports and against our will,” he explains. Pillar Duke.

“Educació has been studying the issue of inclusion in schools for years. Enough of words!” cries Noemí Font, who asks for action now.

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