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Tecnun celebrates the first edition of the volunteer activities Social Course.
The organisations Gautena, AFAGI, ICLI, and Fundación Valmuza were present.
The School of Engineering of the University of Navarra has held a training cycle of volunteer activities social with the participation of social entities such as Gautena (the association of Autism of Gipuzkoa), AFAGI (association of Relatives and Friends of People with Alzheimer's), ICLI (the association of the College of Engineers) and the Valmuza Foundation, an entity that operates in developing countries development.
The cycle began with the intervention of Jimmy Brosa, worker of the Family Support Service of Gautena, who explained the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Naroa Díaz, AFAGI's social worker, 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 the facilities of Ceit and under the coordination of teachers Emilio Sánchez and Félix Santano. Other students who collaborate with the thirty or so associations with which contact Tecnun collaborates 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 organization, Ainhoa Albeniz, explained how engineers can use their technical knowledge to improve the quality of life in developing countries development with which they collaborate. The cycle was closed 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 its involvement, and insisted on "the importance of volunteer activities, because Social Policies are based on it". 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 project of volunteer activities that Tecnun has with ICLI; the coordinator of studies, Coro Aycart, and the coordinator of volunteer activities of Tecnun, Paula Berroa.
The goal of the cycle, organized by Tantaka (The Solidarity Time Bank of Tecnun), has been to provide the 200 volunteers of campus with tools that will allow them to better carry out their work at volunteer activities, as well as to learn first-hand about other social realities with which they will live at any time in their lives.