Students from almost a thousand schools and institutes in the archipelago planted trees this Friday in a day of tribute and environmental awareness with the initiative Reforest hope to counteract the effects of the fire that affected Tenerife this summer.
The action, which took place simultaneously in the almost a thousand centers that make up the public network of the islands, had its epicenter in the Tenerife CEIP of Aguamansa, in the municipality of La Orotava, one of the most affected by the fire, indicates in a statement from the Ministry of Education.
Reforest hope It is part of the protocol that, before the start of the 2023/2024 academic year, has been designed to welcome students from the centers in the area affected by the fire, one of the most serious in the history of the Canary Islands, with thousands of hectares burned and people displaced from their homes for several days.
In addition, it will become a pedagogical resource for “the activation of dynamics that can be designed and adapted to the context of each participating center.”
The regional councilor for Education, Vocational Training, Physical Activity and Sports, Poli Suárez, and the councilor for Agriculture and Livestock and Festivals of La Orotava, Alexis Pacheco, participated in the initiative along with students and staff from the center.
The statement states that the Ministry defends a united Canary Islands, an educational community that integrates a single family, and that is why, now, with this proposal, it extends that protocol to the rest of the Archipelago.
To contribute to this objective, all the senior officials of the Ministry have been in centers on the eight islands, and during the event the schoolchildren recited a tenth composed for the occasion by the verser Yeray Rodríguez.
“We organized this symbolic act with the idea of planting the seed of resilience in our students,” says the general director of Teaching Planning, Inclusion and Innovation, David Pablos, whose department has promoted this action.
“It is not a one-time action, but a significant and symbolic activity that will continue: although one of the eight islands has burned, we do not lose hope and we must remain united,” adds the general director, who has announced an even broader project and ambitious to train students in fire prevention and continue reforestation.