LAS LAGUNAS has gained a new school in the form of the private “Ark Christian School” in El Juncal.
Juan Carlos Maldonado, the Mayor of Mijas, Hipolito Zapico, Councillor for Education and Roy Perez, Councillor for Foreign People, attended this week’s official opening of the college which will host 170 students from 10 nationalities.
The centre offers classes to student aged between 3 and 18 years and “will allow those enrolled to receive an education based on the English model but integrated with the Mijas community, something which will further strengthen ties with the foreign community. It will also bring more life to the area, adding to its value,” according to Mr Maldonado. He added the school, “is an example or the rich culture of our municipality and demonstrates the advantages of private and public body collaboration.”
Mr Zapico spoke to various students during his visit, explaining, “it is important we are involved in this kind of school to see whether we can put in place language exchange programmes with other public schools in Mijas, encouraging children’s growth and creating a link between different educational systems.” He added that Mijas has about 125 different nationalities and that the new school was an example of the “multicultural municipality.”
The UK consul to Malaga, Charmain Arbouin, who also attended the event said the school was significant so that “children living here don’t live in bubbles, only socialising with those from their own country. This centre gives children the chance to get to know other cultures, something which is essential.”