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Tecnun celebrates the first edition of the Social Volunteering Course

The organisations Gautena, AFAGI, ICLI, and Fundación Valmuza were present.

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The Deputy for Social Policies, Maite Peñas, closed the Volunteering Course of the Tecnun PHOTO: Communication Service
08/11/19 14:20 Communication Service

The School of Engineering of the University of Navarra has held a training cycle on social volunteering in which social entities such as Gautena (the Autism Association of Gipuzkoa), AFAGI (Association of Relatives and Friends of People with Alzheimer's Disease), ICLI (the association of the College of Engineers) and the Valmuza Foundation, an entity that operates in developing countries, have participated.  

The cycle began with the intervention of Jimmy Brosa, a worker from Gautena's Family Support Service, who explained the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Naroa Díaz, a social worker from AFAGI, spoke about the stages of the disease and dynamically broke down the prejudices that the attendees had about it. This first part was attended by volunteers from Gautena, who give robotics workshops to children with autism in Ceit's facilities and under the coordination of teachers Emilio Sánchez and Félix Santano. Other students who collaborate with the thirty or so associations with which Tecnun maintains contact also attended.

Teresa Solaun, from the Valmuza Foundation, and Antonio Gómez, coordinator of ICLI, accompanied by the former student of Tecnun and volunteer of the organisation, Ainhoa Albeniz, explained how engineers can use their technical knowledge to improve the quality of life of the developing countries with which they collaborate. The cycle was brought to a close by the deputy for Social Policies, Maite Peña, who remarked that "we live in a community and we have to actively promote social cohesion". Peña thanked Tecnun for their involvement, and insisted on "the importance of volunteering, because this is the basis of Social Policies". This second part of the cycle was attended by other engineering students interested in International Cooperation. The students were accompanied by the director of the School, Raúl Antón; the teacher Noemí Pérez, who coordinates the volunteering project that Tecnun has with ICLI; the studies coordinator, Coro Aycart, and the volunteering coordinator of Tecnun, Paula Berroa.

The aim of the cycle, organised by Tantaka (The Solidarity Time Bank of Tecnun), was to provide the 200 volunteers of the campus with tools that will allow them to better carry out their voluntary work, as well as to learn first-hand about other social realities with which they will live at any time in their lives.  

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