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ERIC Number: EJ998088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-2072-7925
School Closures and Community Revitalisation: The Case of Obidos, Portugal
Godinho, Ana Sofia
CELE Exchange, Article 3 Oct 2012
Rural communities in many countries are faced with the need to restructure their school networks and close some smaller facilities. Obidos, a town in western Portugal, provides a case study of how to meet these challenges by creating new school complexes that offer improved educational opportunities to the teaching staff, students and local people. Teaching and learning in Obidos' schools have benefitted from the fact that its primary schools have been closed and students have been grouped within school complexes: classes are now composed of same-grade students. This move has also reduced boundaries by linking staff teaching the same cycle and it prevents dislocation between the primary and secondary levels. The municipality was heavily involved in developing this strategy for local education and has ensured that the community benefits from the new facilities through various cultural and sporting activities. Obidos has invested in the community and education as a lever for development. This was particularly important at a time when desertification reached high levels. By converting former schools into cultural and leisure centres, communities have not lost out: they have gained in the process. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal