"Marea Verde Mijas" is a group of parents and teachers who are collaborating to spread information about the effects of recent austerity cuts in education in Spain.
At a meeting in Fuengirola, Digital Journal interviewed Emilio Calvo, a father of two children, and president of a parents' association.
In the video interview, he explains the problems being experienced from recent austerity measures and budget cuts in education in Spain.
He advises that this is the first generation in the history of Spain, since the Spanish Civil War, that children have less opportunities than their parents.
Most people think that the main problem with the budget cuts is the reduction of teachers' salaries (by 5%). But there are many more problems involved.
One example is that if a teacher is ill, for example hospitalized, the school has to wait two weeks before employing a substitute teacher for the class. In the meantime, the children have to mix in with other classes, other children, making much larger classes.
Marea Verde Mijas informing the public about the dangers of budget cuts in education.
Classes in general are being increased in size:
- At present junior schools have 25 children per class
- With austerity measures there will be 30 children per class
- At present secondary schools have 30 children per class
- Next year there will be 35 children per class.
With the government's budget cuts, there will be 20 million Euros less for education. There will be 10 million Euros less for libraries in the schools.
With increases in university fees, and the higher percentages parents have to pay, higher education is becoming unaffordable. Emilio Calvo explains that to send his two children to university, it will cost 50,000 Euros. While he has the money, most others do not.
He explains that the general public is not really aware of what is happening in Spain with regard to cuts in education and health. He says that the mainstream media do not inform the people of the full situation.
The aim of Marea Verde Mijas is to talk to the people and explain the situation to them.