The children of the Río Argos de Valentín center continue to learn and carry out activities with the elderly within the project ‘Adopt a grandfather’
Now that it seems that the worst face of the pandemic has passed, we must not forget those who have been most affected by the Covid-19 health crisis, the elderly. With the arrival of vaccination and the relaxation of measures, many have forgotten that the elderly continue to suffer an evil that cannot be cured even with vaccines: loneliness. The pandemic brought homelessness to many families, but without a doubt those who suffered the most from the consequences of the Coronavirus are the elderly. Although the situation has improved a lot compared to a year ago, the elderly still need company since many live immersed in solitude. For this reason, from the Agrupado Río Argos de Valentín Rural School, in Cehegín, the students of 1st and 2nd grade from the districts of Valentín, Canara and Campillo Jiménez created the project ‘Adopt a grandfather’ in which the little ones carry out activities with the elders.
Susana López Rubio is the great culprit that many older people can feel accompanied by the little ones. Susana, tutor of the 1st and 2nd years of Primary Education of the CRA Río Argos de Valentín located in the municipality of Cehegín, is enthusiastic about the project that she leads together with her young students. “The purpose of the project is to make the population aware of the situation in which older people live,” said Susana. The school works directly with the Virgen de las Maravillas de Cehegín Day Center, to create an intergenerational relationship between children and adults and share learning.
On October 1, on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly, elderly people voluntarily gathered to record a video with the aim of making the population aware of the importance of “our elders in society.” Under the motto: ‘Our elders are important, do not leave them alone. The damage you cause today can be yours tomorrow ‘, the students try to set an example for everyone so that the elders always feel accompanied. “Elderly people from the town of Valentín, relatives of children who were involved in this project, participated in this video,” explained Susana. This activity was one more way to surprise the elders.
“We are increasingly immersed in our daily routine and we forget that there are older people who are alone and who no longer have family visits,” Susana recalled. This initiative seeks to focus on service-based learning, it seeks to provide a service to the closest environment with projects carried out from the center. “The children are very conscientious and feel very sorry for being alone,” explained the tutor. And it is that the little ones understand this problem and want to somehow help the elderly who feel this loneliness, especially on certain dates. “It is planned to carry out many activities with the day center and we hope that this year with the more widespread vaccination many more things can be done,” said the tutor.
Last Christmas the students also wanted to accompany the elderly of the Virgen de las Maravillas Day Center in Cehegín. The children recorded a video so that no elderly person would feel alone on such important dates due to the pandemic. Things have changed a lot, but a year ago the meetings were limited and the movements between communities not recommended. The elderly were the ones who suffered the most from this situation and in many cases they were not able to enjoy visits from their relatives or were not allowed to leave the centers where they resided. For this reason, from the CRA Río Argos they decided to make a video in order to reach the maximum number of residences and day centers possible so that in some way the elderly feel embraced by the little ones.
Last year the little ones were not able to carry out as many activities as they had planned, but they managed the most important thing, to accompany the older ones on a Christmas as different as the previous ones. But this year 2021, although still very cautious, the situation is different and the school has already organized several workshops to carry out with the elderly at the Virgen de las Maravillas de Cehegín Day Center. Now the children of the CRA Río Argos want to infect the elderly with happiness and give them their company, the most precious treasure.
Susana says that the institutions liked this initiative very much and that “they are waiting for a visit from the Political Social Councilor and the IMAS (Murcian Institute of Social Action), since they wanted to be part of this project.” One of the school’s plans is to make a massive visit to the senior center for the second term, in addition to taking up other activities. “Last year we had already arranged several visits, but we had to suspend them because there were too many cases of Coronavirus. For this reason, we plan to resume them for the second quarter, “explained the tutor. Little by little the center wants to resume and launch new activities with the elderly from the Virgen de las Maravillas Center to continue accompanying them.
The project has a blog, called
adopt a grandfather.blogspot.com, created so that everyone who wants can find out about the activities and workshops scheduled. From this center they insist on the importance of instilling these types of values in future generations, who should take the lead and contribute to a teaching model that goes far beyond textbooks.