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PROJECT | Schools

The “Agrupamento de Escolas de Murça”

- The “Agrupamento de Escolas de Murça” is a group of two schools composed by “Escola Básica e secundária de Murça”(middle school and secondary school) and “Centro Escolar de Murça” ( preschool and primary school). The Agrupamento de Escolas de Murça have around 660 students and 90 teachers. -


The “Agrupamento de Escolas de Murça” is a group of two schools composed by “Escola Básica e secundária de Murça”(middle school and secondary school) and “Centro Escolar de Murça” ( preschool and primary school). The Agrupamento de Escolas de Murça have around 660 students and 90 teachers. The school is a full time school, and there are some offers of activities and clubs students can attend on voluntary basis. The school has no refugees’ situations, but there are some migrant students (from Luxembourg, France and China) and some social problems, poverty is increasing in the region and around 45% of students are helped by social supports on school material and alimentation at school. We have around 45 students with special needs, some with multiple disabilities, hyperactivity and other disorders not so sever. There is a team working and supporting these students on their daily life at school. The school is situated in the small town of Murça, in the north of Portugal, about 37Km from Vila Real and 130Km from Porto to the interior in the mountain area. Murça still keeps a rural character living essentially from the production of wine (Porto Wine) and Olive oil. There is no industry and the population is quite isolated from the big decision centers and cities so we can consider that the school is in a disadvantaged area. The main goals of the Agrupamento de escolas de Murça’s Educational Project are to value a culture of responsible citizenship; value the culture of work, effort and requirement; valuing the institution of which we are part, seeing us as actors and constructors of their future; breaking insulation and linking us to the various centers of knowledge production. Our students must develop the following requirements: mastery of languages and digital competences, willingness to learn and broaden horizons and be prepared to lifelong learning. In order to achieve the goals of our Educational Project, it is necessary to mobilize the entire school community to: Create situations that provide students with experiences that favour their civic and socio-affective maturity; Provide situations that lead students to reflect and question their actions; encourage activities that allow students to develop scientifically and culturally; improve school outcomes; Promote collaboration with different educational partners; Promote attitudes of sharing and respect among the educational community in Europe. All the staff are motivated, prepared and trained to prosecute these goals and particularly the teachers who are directly involved in this project (key persons involved) are familiarised with collaborative work and project management. All of them have previous participation in national or European projects and they intend to promote activities to pursuit the topics of this project. They would like to learn more with the partners and share their experiences to face the 21st century challenges of Europe and the EU.