IES Alpujarra

IES Alpujarra is located in Órgiva, a municipality in the province of Granada, 50 km away from the capital, in the southernmost skirt of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, specifically in the so-called “Alpujarra grenadine” area, in a rural environment traditionally devoted to farming and agriculture of especial touristic, ethnographic and environmental interest, given the singularity of its rural, as well as the urban landscape. Órgiva is the Please briefly present the partner organisation (e.g. its type, size, the scope of work, areas of specific expertise, specific social context and, if relevant, the quality system used). judicial, sanitary, educational and financial core of the area and it is home to a population of approximately 5000 inhabitants, a figure which is topped up by the numerous inhabitants of the surrounding villages and towns that also depend on Orgiva’s local administration. The student population in our school comes from the town as well as other 19 different surrounding villages and towns in the area. The distances to the school vary and may imply up to a 2-hour journey to the school each day for certain students. The Educational offer at our school includes Compulsory Secondary Education, Higher Secondary Education, Vocational Training Courses, Compensatory Educational Courses and Adult Literacy Courses. The total amount of students adds up to 700, although we also have 300 adult literacy students. Since 2010 we successfully run a Bilingual English-Spanish Program at the school in which more than a third of the total amount of Compulsory Education is enrolled, in 1st, 2st. 3rd and 4th year. Although our intention is to extend it also to noncompulsory years. In our country, and especially in the city, there is a worrying lack of students in the university, in technical careers, especially in computer science. From my subject, ICT, I try to encourage the students to carry out this type of studies, demonstrating their ability. The percentage of students who choose ICT is around 7 per cent of the total number of students both at school and at university. That is, there are 93 per cent boys and 7 per cent of girls. In the university of computer science, every year campus is realized only for female students, of two weeks of duration, to show to the students of the secondary that is studied in computer science. Every year we send a student who finally ends up doing these studies. We also organize a mathematical Olympiad together with other coefficients in the area, obtaining very good results for our female students. The First Lego League international competition is prepared and we participate in the local phase. Every year we send female students. We try to take care of the language a lot to break the stereotypes. For example, We always state that the father has to prepare the food, or that the mother has to take the car to the workshop to pass the review put audiovisuals that enhance the figure of the scientific woman.