Santa Eulàlia. Over 900 children from different schools in the city have been tasked by the Mayor with writing the proclamation speech for the Santa Eulàlia festivities.
Once again this year, the city’s children will be tasked with preparing the opening speech for the Festa Major de Santa Eulàlia. The project is a personal request by the Mayor, Ada Colau, who addressed nearly a thousand pupils today who will shape the speech between them.
The right to recreation and play provide the main theme for the text this year, with children reflecting on how they play, what they play and who they play with. This is the premise around which participating school groups will start a joint project about children’s rights and duties. Having shared their knowledge, the project will culminate with a very special speech to get the festivities for Santa Eulàlia under way.
The Mayor, Ada Colau, stressed the importance of teamwork and the task being given to the children, telling them: “It’s not just a speech, we’ll take what you tell us very seriously to try and make Barcelona a prettier, friendlier and fairer city”.
The proclamation is an activity promoted by the Department for the Promotion of Childhood at Barcelona City Council. It gives primary school children a voice so that they can give their opinion and come up with proposals to improve the city. Pupils in their third, fourth and fifth years at primary school take part, also gaining an insight into how public institutions work.