Barcelona, Nov 30 (EFE) .- The governments of Barcelona, Bilbao, Granollers and Rosario (Argentina) have reaffirmed their commitment to education on the 30th anniversary of the first Congress of Educating Cities, which was held in Barcelona in 1990.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, the Mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral, the Councilor for Education and the Basque Language of Bilbao, Koldo Narbaiza, and the Mayor of Rosario (Argentina), Pablo Javkin, did so at the opening ceremony of the celebration of the International Day of the Educating City.
At that congress, the Charter was drafted that includes the values and principles that educating cities assume and that, now, the International Association of Educating Cities, which brings together 500 cities in the world, has presented renewed.
In a telematic dialogue, the four have agreed on the educational function of the cities and the importance that the existence of this network has had up to now and that it has to face the challenges posed by the current crises.
The mayor of Rosario, Pablo Javkin, has indicated that the role of the network of educating cities is “decisive” in the task of building “free, diverse and inclusive” cities and “saving our democracies.”
The Bilbao education councilor, Koldo Narbaiza, has defended the importance of “continuing all together, all hand in hand” at this time and that “no one is left behind.”
The mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral, has warned: “This pandemic makes us run the risk of shutting ourselves up in ourselves and in our day-to-day life” and the cities that will move forward will be “those that make proximity and shared governance the central element “for the care of its people.
For her part, the mayor of Barcelona and president of the international network of educating cities, Ada Colau has valued the network, its legacy and its future usefulness.
Colau has pointed out that in this pandemic it is “everyone’s co-responsibility, learning individually and collectively”, for which the network is very valuable and the crisis is an opportunity to accelerate changes that they know are necessary.
The mayor has considered that it is time to “demand that national governments allocate budgets to match” the importance of education. EFE