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Our school has elementary and secondary levels, 210 teachers, 67 members of the staff, and 1320 students (from age 10 to 18). The school it´s situated at Funchal, the principal city from Madeira Island, Portugal. Nowadays, the school has a diverse educational offer, including the Regular Education from 5th to 12th year, the Vocational Education and Courses of Education and Training, in order to prepare young people in our society to the work market and the future increasingly competitive, not neglecting the appreciation and respect for diversity. The School offers a structured teaching unit for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and includes students with other special educational needs in their classes.
Almost all the students, those who follow the regular curriculum, are full time with their classes. Those who are notable to follow the regular curriculum and have a specific curriculum designed according to their needs are part-time and in some subjects in the class to which they belong to. Even though the school has developed measures to fight school failure and early school leaving, which have shown some positive effects, our school intends to increasingly acts on prevention, thus avoiding the significant number of retentions.
Being a school in an ultra-peripheral region, the same (being the entire educational community) is faced with a number of difficulties related to their geographical features. Our school has, as well as the entire region of Madeira, a lot of experience working with students with special educational needs. The Laurissilva Forest is included in the list of World Natural Heritage Sites by Unesco. The richness, importance and specificity of this forest, containing unique plant species and animals on a planetary scale and representative natural habitats important for the conservation of biological diversity, attest to the justice of this recognition.
At our school, we try to develop actions and activities focused on Environmental Education and Citizenship. Our main objective will be to encourage actions and carry out work in schools for the benefit of the environment. It will enable children and young people to develop the capacity to act and intervene, in order to improve the surrounding environment, providing true Education for Citizenship. Besides our experience in Erasmus+, both as being a partner and on the development and implementation of our own projects, our school can add value to what is intended as the final aim of this new project.