On November 24, a second multiplier event of the ENDING project took place in the auditorium of Fundación Mapfre, co-organized by the Spanish National Police and Fundación Mapfre. The main purpose of the event was to present the ENDING Project among different authorities and experts related with the area of education.
The event, titled “Health and Digital Security in the School Environment – ENDING”, was inaugurated by the General Commissioner of Public Security and Safety. Mr. Juan Carlos Castro Estévez of the Spanish National Police and by the Director of the Health Promotion Area of Fundación Mapfre, Mr. Antonio Guzmán Córdoba.
The Delegate of Government in the Region of Madrid, Ms. María de las Mercedes González Fernández, participated in the closing act and took the opportunity to express her admiration for the great work developed, and her total support to these kind of iniciatives in order to prevent the most potential risks for children and youngsters. The event was also attended by the Subdelegated of Government in the Region of Madrid, Elena Bernardo Llorente, and other senior officials of the Government Delegation in the Region of Madrid.
The act was structured in two parts: the first part titled “Health and ICT: Strategies for awareness and participation among young people”, was organized by Fundación Mapfre. The Subdirector of the High Educative Inspection in the Region of Madrid, Mr Luis Abad Merino, was the first to speak. He highlighted the different obstacles to combat early school leaving. Then, a doctor of Fundación Mapfre, Mr. Luis Delgado, explained what are the physical consequences of the abuse of ICTs. The third speaker was Mr. Andrés González Bellido, as coordinator of a TEI program (coexistence program for the prevention of violence and bullying), that transmitted his experience related with this type methologies. To conclude this first part, the Ending coordinators, professionals from Fundación Mapfre, were the responsibles to expose the most important aspects of the project to the attendees.
The second part, under the title “Cyberbullying and safety in classrooms” was organized by the Spanish National Police . This part began with the intervention of the General Director of the High Educative Inspection in the Region of Madrid, Mr. Ángel Canales Cerrada, who spoke about the law that regulates the Master Plan for Coexistence and Improvement of Safety in Educational Centers and their Environments from the Community Policing Central Unit of the Spanish National Police. This was followed by the speech of the responsable of education and digital rights of children of the Child Policy and Awareness Directorate of UNICEF Spain, Mr. Ignacio Guadix García, who spoke about children´s rights in safe digital environments. Afterwards, the attendees had the opportunity to hear the experience of three teachers belonging to an educational centre, where a similar Erasmus+ project has already been implemented. And to conclude this second part, the two police officers of the Master Plan in the Spanish National Police, in charge of the development of the project, transmitted the preventive work that the Spanish National Police implement in the educational centers, in addition to explaining their participation in the project.