Barcelona incorporates three religious schools to the public network

The concerted religious schools Marillac, Sagrada Família and Sagrat Cor, of the Fundación Escola Vicenciana, They will go to the public network from next year, with which the city will add 1,000 more places of public schooling.

This was announced this Friday by the Minister of Education, Josep Bargalló, at a press conference with the Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education and Science of Barcelona, ​​Joan Subirats, and members of the Escola V Vicentena Foundation.

The minister stressed that it is a step “especially important to incorporate public squares to the city”, where “demand increases”, but urban reality “does not allow us to grow”.

In this way, Joan Subirats has indicated that the offer of public school places in Barcelona it is between 4 and 5 out of 10, while in Catalonia as a whole it is 7 out of 10 and in Europe the average is 8 out of 10.

Regarding the three centers, the minister stressed that “they were born in the nineteenth century, open and inclusive and with a vocation for public and community service”, a spirit “of help that they have maintained over the years.”

As established by the 2019 decree that regulates the transition from subsidized to public centers, the 96 teachers and administration and services personnel (PAS) that make up the workforce of the 3 centers will become part of the public network as labor personnel with an indefinite contract .

Also, the Vincentian School Foundation and the Education Consortium They have signed an agreement for a “stable, consolidated and long-term rental of the buildings”, as in the rest of the cases of concerted centers that have been transferred to the public network, said the minister.

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In the next four years, reform and improvement works will be carried out, budgeted at 1,553,400 euros, which are assumed by the department and the city council in equal parts, the Barcelona Education Consortium has reported.

The Marillac school, which will become the Institut-Escola Sicilia, It has 286 students enrolled in the current academic year and an investment of 509,800 euros is planned to improve its facilities in the coming years.

The center was founded by the religious Ramon Balcells in 1906 as Social School Board of Workers to educate the daughters of the working class families of the Sagrada Familia neighborhood.

On the other hand, the Sagrada Familia school, which will become the Institut-Escola Londres, It has 544 students enrolled and the budget for reforms and improvements over the next few years is 481,600 euros.

The center was an asylum for orphan girls founded in 1897 which, in addition, He taught basic education and learning of a trade to facilitate their access to the world of work.

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Finally, the Sagrat Cor school, which will be the Escola Aldana, is located in the Sant Antoni neighborhood, It has 217 students enrolled and the budget for reforms and improvements over the next few years is 492,000 euros.

The center was born in 1862 to care for the children of working women while their parents worked, to whom instruction, education and food were offered free.

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