Throughout August, over 400 children between the ages of 4 and 12 are taking part in educational leisure activities as part of Baobab, a project with strong community roots. Backed by the Neighbourhood Plan, Baobab is reaching out to six city neighbourhoods this year where not everyone’s right to leisure is guaranteed.
The camps are being run in the neighbourhoods of Marina del Port (Sants-Montjuïc), Baró de Viver and Trinitat Vella (Sant Andreu), Trinitat Nova (Nou Barris), La Verneda i la Pau and Besòs i el Maresme (Sant Martí). The initiative thus triples the number of participating children compared to last year and the intention is that over the 2018-2019 school year it will reach 13 city neighbourhoods.
Boosting community education
The Baobab project has the aim of guaranteeing children’s rights to holiday activities and, at the same time, backing educational leisure activities throughout the year in neighbourhoods where not everybody’s needs are covered. Baobab also reaches out to neighbourhoods by strengthening alliances between entities, associations and municipal projects, and by generating new community bonds, with half of the camp monitors from the neighbourhood itself.
Baobab’s goal is to be the driving force for new dynamics all year round, making educational leisure projects possible at a community level in the city. As a long-term strategy it aims to accompany the creation of new youth clubs and centres in neighbourhoods which lack them, as well as strengthening existing activities and bonds between children, teenagers and families.