The municipality of Faro approved, at the chamber meeting on Monday, 18, the protocols for delegating powers and transferring resources to school groups for the year 2021, in the global amount of 1,158,932.09 euros.
With these protocols, signed between the municipality and the João de Deus, Pinheiro and Rosa School Groups, Tomás Cabreira, D. Afonso III, Montenegro and Dr. Alberto Iria (this one from Olhão, but with responsibilities in terms of the EB1 management of Culatra), the municipality aims to “contribute to the improvement of the educational reality in the municipality, at the same time as it reinforces the autonomy of the directorates of the groupings, putting into practice an integrated strategy of local management of the school park to meet the needs of each school ”.
In addition to the transfers of means foreseen for school groups, the municipality also offers school manuals and teaching materials to the neediest students, as well as school transport to all students of all levels of education residing more than three kilometers from the establishment education they attend (by bus, minibus, municipal vehicle, river course or special river circuit for students residing in the housing units of the island of Culatra).
Within the scope of school social action and according to the number of students, the municipality of Faro will also allocate 67,900 euros for students in step A and 40,250 euros for students placed in step B. As for the meals service, the municipality will allocate a sum of 9,016 euros for light meals for students on the island of Culatra and 15,000 euros for meals at the EB 2, 3 Afonso III school.
Remember, in order to face the effects of the pandemic, and within the scope of the protocols for delegating powers and transferring resources signed in 2020, the municipality decided, last June, to approve the allocation of an extraordinary financial contribution to the João School Groupings de Deus, Pinheiro e Rosa, Tomás Cabreira, D. Afonso III and Montenegro, for a total amount of 100 thousand euros, for the purchase of computer equipment in support of the process of teaching and distance learning, to be distributed to students of families needy in the county.
The Mayor of Faro, Rogério Bacalhau, a career teacher who has been responsible for Education since 2009, believes that these protocols represent “an investment that allows schools to be financially empowered and able to act to develop their thus improving the conditions of the school park ”.
"Despite the extreme situation in which we find ourselves, we will never give up fighting for an excellent preparation of the students of our municipality", he emphasized.