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9/2/2011 - Spain - The “Saint Cecilia” Award to pupils and staff of the Institute in Huesca
(ANS – Huesca) – On 3 February, the Students and teachers from the infant school of the Salesian Institute in Huesca received the XI “Saint Cecilia” Award for work in the school on a project entitled “curious and imaginary people and ethnological research”. There was widespread satisfaction and enthusiasm at the award as recognition of the work undertaken with children between  3 and 5 years of age. The Award Ceremony was held at the Institute of Altoaragonensis Studies, the body which together with the Huesca Teachers’ Centre was sponsoring the award.

During the award ceremony the teachers explained how throughout the whole course they focused on the Aragon region, as they attempted to record the whole  culture to be found in the villages and local traditions making use of all the teaching areas concerned.

During the first term they concentrated on curious people. “We asked the children to find the information using various means: Internet, their parents and especially their grandparents and old people in the villages they usually go to at weekends” the teachers explained. In the second term we looked at imaginary creatures examining fairies and elfs in all the traditions. In the third term they were able to put questions to a collection of experts such as Enrique Satué, Paco Paricio  and the historian José Antonio Adell.

Using the information collected by the children “travel books” were produced and sent to all the homes and villages of the pupils to share with their parents. So the pupils had read, written about and drawn the people with the help of the teachers and families all working together. On the final evening there was a presentation of all that had been achieved with sketches and games about the characters such as “the Dragon of Oroel”, the elfs and other imaginary creatures from Aragon myths.

The Award is an attempt on the part of the “Saint Cecilia” Association of Folklore to preserve and recover the traditions at risk of being lost.
Published 09/02/2011

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