The Ombudsman promotes “The fundamental role of arts education in education”

The Ombudsman promotes “The fundamental role of arts education in education”


The Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo, today presented the prizes for the 17th edition of the Ombudsman’s Drawing Competition on Human Rights, the aim of which is to promote knowledge of human rights among Spanish schoolchildren.

During the event, Mr. Gabilondo stressed “the fundamental role of arts education in education”. The ceremony, which was also attended by the Ombudsman’s deputies, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril and Patricia Bárcena, as well as the members of the jury, took place at the Ombudsman’s headquarters, and the prize-winning schoolchildren read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

During his speech, the Ombudsman congratulated the winners and their teachers and pointed out that “this prize is due to your effort, your work, your sensitivity, but here you also have had the possibility that others have taught you, encouraged you, helped you to improve and to do something worthy of recognition”.

Ángel Gabilondo recalled that this is a “drawing prize linked to human rights which, as our Constitution states, are inviolable and proper, belong to each person and are based on the dignity that we all have”. He stressed that these “drawings are a tribute to all people without distinction, as rights are universally attributable to all”.

Award winners

In this edition, which due to the Covid-19 pandemic corresponds to the years 2019-2020, 1,452 children have participated, of which 934 are in primary school, 499 in secondary school and 19 in special education.

The winners in the Primary School category were Noé Serrano, from the Virgen del Consuelo School in Ciempozuelos (Madrid); Nerea Ullán, from CEIP Campo Charro in Salamanca, and Lucía de la Mata, from the Benito Pérez Galdós School in Majadahonda (Madrid).

In the Secondary School category, the winners were Matilde Grimoldi, from IES Reyno de Navarra in Azagra (Navarra); Sara de Juan, from Aurelio Gómez Escolar School, in Burgos, and Bizhi Xu, from IESO Reyno de Navarra, in Azagra, Navarra.

In the Special Education category, Alexandra Domínguez, from the Virgen del Castillo Special Education School in Zamora, was awarded the prize.

The jury for this edition was chaired by the Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo, with the participation of gallery owner Isabel Azcárate; the director of the Debajo del Sombrero Association, Lola Barrera; the painter, Hernán Cortés; the cartoonists, José María Gallego, Julio Rey and José María Pérez, “Peridis”; the illustrator, Marta Marbán; the president of the UNICEF Madrid Committee, Ignacio Domínguez, the photographer, Bárbara Allende and the president of the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation, Alicia Koplowitz.

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