Education a priority for Faro

news: Education a priority for Faro

FARO CÂMARA has announced it will spend 4.3 million euros on the re-modelling and construction of schools in the Algarve’s capital this year. Ten schools will be receiving new facilities and two new schools will be built from scratch.

The primary schools of Culatra, Gorjões, Mata Lobos, Patacão, Penha, Bom João, Alto Rodes, Santa Bárbara de Nêxe, São Luís and Bordeira will all receive investment, and two brand new schools will be built in Montenegro and Conceição de Faro.

The works are scheduled to be concluded this year, except those at the Escola de São Luís that will continue into 2006. Around half of the investments are 65 per cent financed by EU community funding, the remainder is the responsibility of the council.

Globally, these projects mean that there will be a total of 28 new classrooms (offering a capacity for 480 pupils), seven pre school rooms for 168 pupils, five new canteens, 70 new toilets (all offering disabled access), 13 new playgrounds and infant parks, nine libraries, ramps for disabled access, teachers’ rooms, and the carrying out of various repairs and refurbishment of external areas.The council is concerned with attending all areas – urban, country and the islands – making sure that there is no discrimination. The borough of Faro has a total of 21 primary schools, of which half have been identified for inclusion in this investment programme.