José Antonio Luengo, Dean of the Association of Psychologists of Madrid, Professor of Secondary Education and a psychologist for the Anti-School-Bullying Unit of the Department of Youth and Education of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, gave a talk titled “Preventing psychological maladjustments and conditions during adolescence: the role of educational institutions”.

The event was kicked off by Romana Sadurska, Executive Vice Chair of the Professor Uría Foundation, who thanked all those present for attending and applauded the admirable efforts of teachers during the pandemic. Carlos López-Quiroga, a member of the Foundation’s board of trustees and director of the Community Law School in Madrid, then outlined the main news regarding this year’s course before handing over to the guest speaker.

In his talk, José Antonio Luengo identified the emotional effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on schoolchildren and the role of schools in tackling them. He also highlighted the importance of “teaching self-care” to both pupils and teachers, and emphasised that ensuring the emotional wellbeing of minors takes precedence over any academic objective.

The event ended with special thanks being given to three principals who retired over the last year: Elena Nebreda (CEIP República de Panamá), Aída Sánchez (CEIP Reina Victoria) and Ángel Torres (CEIP Antonio Moreno Rosales). They are all examples of vocation for and dedication to a profession that contributes to building more just and egalitarian societies.

Held in the auditorium of Uría Menéndez’s Madrid office, the event brought together principals, heads of studies and teachers from many of the public schools participating in this year’s course, as well as volunteers and supporters of the programme.

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the event!