The Severo Ochoa Special Education Centre of Alcorcón, in the Community of Madrid, was the latest destination where the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Alberto Contador Foundation donated material. Specifically, eighteen bicycles that were delivered last Friday by Ángel López, the project’s logistics manager, and both Martín and Sergio, representing the AMP. The center organized a small reception in its assembly hall. The warmest of welcomes in an atmosphere full of joy and expectation.
The bikes will be used for the educational and pedagogical projects of the centre, one of the oldest in the Region. The CEE Severo Ochoa began its work in October 1983, in an area of the population that has changed a lot in its morphology, since originally it still had fields where agricultural and even livestock work was carried out. This not particularly urban environment that it maintained for years has undoubtedly consolidated the centre’s firm commitment to the dissemination of sustainability and respect for the environment. A theme that is very present in its curricular project.
Carlos Macías Jiménez, secretary of the centre, discovered the existence of Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA through the Internet and by seeking information through the Seur Foundation, another of the great supports that make this initiative possible. “We are going to set up, together with the tutors, one or two sessions a week per class for the children to use the bikes. In addition, we have the support of our nursing and physiotherapy team. Some students do know how to ride, but others don’t. We have asked their parents and guardians for permission so that we can work with those who don’t know how to ride and can learn,” he explains.
Macías is also making progress in setting up a very interesting loan service. “With this program we want the children, with their respective license ready to use, can take a bike home on Friday and return it on Monday. This way they can continue to ride their bikes and of course also do so with their family. To stimulate, in short, a recreational, playful and healthy activity. Not everyone has a bicycle or the means or places to have one”.