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A UCAM project takes 'The Children's Constitution' to the Senate

Students from the Bachelor's Degree in Law have worked with children from three schools in the Region of Murcia to explain the Magna Carta from the perspective of the youngest. The result of this project has been presented in the Senate to its president, Ander Gil.

A UCAM project takes 'The Children's Constitution' to the Senate
Ander Gil, President of the Senate of Spain, received the representatives of the project 'The Children's Constitution' in the Upper House

‘La Constitución de los Niños, Nuestro Futuro' (The Children's Constitution, Our Future) is the result of a research project in Social Sciences carried out by students of the Bachelor's Degree in Law of the Universidad Católica de Murcia and pupils of the schools Nuestra Señora del Paso, San Vicente Paúl and San Jorge, directed by María Méndez Rocasolano, professor of Constitutional Law at UCAM. The publication, which has had the collaboration of the Grupo Parlamentario Mixto (Joint Parliamentary Group) and Editorial Dykinson, shows the children's view on the constitutional articles. Its presentation in the Spanish Senate is an acknowledgement of innovation in university teaching at the service of educating our future generations in constitutional values. The Senate, as the Chamber of Territorial Representation, is the starting point for developing this research project in all the autonomous communities to find out the degree of support and the trends that would lead to a possible constitutional reform.

During the visit, the UCAM Vice-Rector of International Relations and Communication, Pablo Blesa, accompanied the Professor together with the participating students and teachers, presenting 'The Children's Constitution' to a group of senators, led by the president of the Chamber, Ander Gil.

After the meeting, María Méndez Rocasolano highlighted that ‘it is the result of four years of collaborative work’. All the articles are commented on and explained from the children's perspective, along with an indication of what they would change. The President of the Senate, a teacher by training, found it very interesting, as its implications for the Spanish constitutional political landscape could be highly practical.

Antonio Guillén, director of the San Vicente de Paúl School in El Palmar, said that ‘it is an ambitious and highly pedagogical project; it has been a very special experience as our Primary and Secondary School students have learnt about the Constitution through UCAM students’. On behalf of the UCAM students, Cristina Siminiani and Aitana Castañer, students of the Bachelor's Degree in Law, commented on how it had broadened their vision of what it means to be a university student: ‘The pupils were very excited and imaginative. The whole experience has been incredible and has been extremely useful for our training’.