Adeje’s launches a plan to combat truancy

The AIRE project will be part of an inclusive education plan, aiming to tackle truancy and enhance the academic performance of students

9 february 2024
A new Adeje council educational project, ‘AIRE’ is to be launched to address the problem of truancy and improve students' academic performance.  This initiative seeks to establish a local network of socio-educational services with schools, the council families’ unit, and families themselves working together. The project is based on the Spanish and Canarian legislative framework related to education and truancy. The programme is run out of the Adeje department of education, under councillors Adolfo Alonso Ferrara and Coraima Afonso Navarro.
AIRE is designed to respond to those students who need support in the reinforcement of basic school skills, in order to prevent those factors that can lead to significant truancy.
"We intend to carry out a specific intervention and enhance motivation towards schooling, improve performance in the academic area and thereby reduce school dropout. The students will be provided with a safe and enabling environment, and with techniques to improve study habits, all in close collaboration with schools and families," commented the councillors..
The children and young people who will be able to participate in the project will be drawn from the schools themselves and/or from the council’s family unit, children who already present with truancy issues, and those with special educational needs who demonstrate difficulties in basic instrumental competences or problems in learning. Students who lack work habits, lack study techniques and organisation of schoolwork, and students with specific educational support needs due to late integration into the education system may also participate.
The methodology used will be active and participatory, adapted to the pace of each student. The sessions will be recorded in a student monitoring form, allowing for review of interventions, as well as a final evaluation. The project will be carried out in different parts of Adeje during afternoons from February to June of this year. Students between the ages of 6 and 12 who will be attending will be offered two one-hour sessions per week.