The association Jovesólides, ACOEC and Espai Obert Marítim have celebrated this afternoon the inauguration of the 3rd edition of the School of Citizenship for immigrants. The main objective of this space is to train leaders who defend diversity as a social value. The event was held at the Ciutat Administrativa 9 d'Octubre de València.
The opening day of this 3rd edition brought together a diverse group of social entities and voices from the political arena. It has also counted with the participation of students enrolled in the current and previous editions. The event was attended by an audience of more than twenty different nationalities. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to make migrants a reference in the Valencian territory.
The institutional inauguration was led by José de Lamo, General Director of Equality in Diversity, who made a tour of the different editions of the initiative. He highlighted the evolution of the school in the last two years. In addition, with respect to the work carried out by the Administration to promote diversity as a reality in migratory issues, he pointed out that progress continues to be made. 'We are moving forward with the Valencian Migration Strategy and in the generation of new spaces that allow a real inclusion of migrants in society'.
Boutaina El Hadri, manager of Jovesólides, has been responsible for conducting the event and has told in detail the novelties of the new edition. Fifty-five students of 15 different nationalities will participate in this third edition. 'In this country we have many migrants or children of migrants and grandchildren of migrants who feel they have sufficient capacity to take the reins and defend the rights of 44 million Spaniards. People who want to fight for the welfare state to which we all contribute,' he said.
Among the main novelties of the 3rd edition, the manager of Jovesólides highlighted that 3 of the 15 measures for the inclusion of migrants in the political sphere of the Valencian Community, the document generated in the 2nd edition, have been implemented. This was the result of the collective work of more than one hundred social actors from the political, social, educational and communication fields.
'In this edition, we incorporated the open days with political parties, in order to enhance links between political parties and associations of migrants. We are launching a political mentoring program, with the help of five politicians and politicians who are already in the front line: Luc André Diouf, deputy of the PSOE in Congress, Najat Driouech, deputy d'Esquerra Republicana in the Catalan Parliament, Irene Gómez, deputy of Unides Podem in Les Corts Valencianes, Guillem Balboa, councilor and spokesperson of Més Mallorca and Rita Bosaho, director general for Equal Treatment and Ethnic-Racial Diversity in the Ministry of Equality. And we continue to work on the creation of laboratories as a quarry for political leadership'.
The day also included a dialogue on 'The evolution of the political participation of migrants in Europe'. Nieves Ortega, professor at the University of Granada, and Mónica Silvana, member of the European Parliament for the PSOE, participated in this event.
On whether the foundations of the European Union are breaking down when talking about migration, Nieves Ortega clearly pointed out that there is no longer any discussion that migration is a transforming element. 'That's worrisome. That the migration debate only be dominated in relation to refuge and security'.
In response to the same question, Monica Silvana stressed that 'It is very important to stop the advance of the far right. While in Europe the cordon sanitaire is being enforced'.
After the dialogue, the day ended with the participation of former students from previous editions who shared their experience at school and how they observe the treatment of diversity within the political parties they belong to.