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Education principles

EDUCATION PRINCIPLES

1. Fomento de Centros de Enseñanza schools aim to help parents provide their children with a quality education inspired by a transcendental vision of human existence and the principle of a person's dignity, characteristic of the Christian spirit.

2. Fomento de Centros de Enseñanza advocates personalised and comprehensive education, aiming for the full development of all students and coherence between their way of thinking and way of life.

3. Personalised education is based on the individuality of each unique and singular person, on making decisions independently and acting responsibly, on their openness, understood as the ability to communicate and relate to others, and on transcendence.

4. A demonstration of personalised learning is differentiated learning. At certain stages, Fomento opts for this model, which is based on the equality of girls and boys in terms of rights, duties and dignity, and also enables education to be personalised according to the different rates of development and learning. This approach guarantees real equal opportunities.

5. Comprehensive education advocated in Fomento schools deals with every aspect of a person and is based on solid academic, human and Christian training.

6. All activities carried out in Fomento schools are developed in accordance with the principles of the Catholic doctrine and fully respect the freedom of conscience. Religious education activities and spiritual assistance are voluntary.

7. The Prelature of Opus Dei, at the request of Fomento de Centros de Enseñanza, helps to keep Christian identity in schools alive and is present in Fomento's institutional objective. 

SCHOOLS

8.  Each school amounts to a community of education, made up of parents, faculty boards, teachers, administration and service staff and students. In an atmosphere of trust and loyalty, everyone is encouraged to participate in the life of the school.

9. The schools' governing body ultimately corresponds to the parent body, without prejudice to the roles ascribed to the steering committee in each school, which manages and coordinates educational activities.

10. Each school, within the framework of these Distinctive Features, acts independently and responsibly, thus ensuring economic balance and incorporating the cultural and linguistic values of its Regional Community.

PARENTS

11. Fomento schools originate from parents' initiative. They develop a social interest service and facilitate the exercise of parents' right to choose an education for their children that is in tune with their values and convictions. 

12. The right and responsibilities of children's education correspond to their parents, who are helped by the school in their role as first educators. The schools' educational activity is considered as the delegate and collaborator in family action.

13. The assistance to each family and student through one-on-one tutoring is an education approach that characterises Fomento, in addition to training activities and family guidance.

TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE STAFF

14. Teaching and education are united in Fomento schools. Essentially, male and female teachers are educators, developing their work by respecting the Distinctive Features and aware that their example is key to developing the education project.

15. The main task for teachers is ensuring the full development of every student's personality, encouraging work and personal effort as well as constantly striving for improvement. Within the schools' educational activity framework, teachers carry out professional and academic guidance in collaboration with parents.

16. Fomento encourages teamwork, shared experiences, permanent teacher training and research and innovation in education. Each school is a community of learning and professional development. 

17. The work of administration and service staff is closely connected to the efficient running of the school and Fomento de Centros de Enseñanza ensure their ongoing training.

STUDENTS

18. Fomento offers personalised education to all students and aims to ensure that each and every one is able to fully develop their skills and aptitudes, form their own judgement and mature and gain the necessary knowledge to be able to decide and act freely, with integrity and with a sense of responsibility. 

19. Students' work is the main education tool and the basis of their training. To fully develop their personalities, Fomento schools offer training that deals with intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual, technical, aesthetic and sporting aspects.

20. The schools promote the development of human virtues, as well as advocating civic and social virtues, by encouraging students to commit to striving for the common good and respecting fundamental rights and constitutional values.

21. The Coexistence Regulations outlined in the Internal Regulations in each school aim to develop students' personal responsibility. The corrections deemed necessary will aim to help students find the means to improve. 

22. Fomento offers all those students that finish their studies the chance to continue participating in activities organised through the Association of Former Students (Fomento Alumni).

ACCEPTANCE OF DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

23. Parents, teachers, administration and service staff and students freely accept the Distinctive Features outlined in this document when they join Fomento.