School that was on brink of closure thrives thanks to foreign pupils

  • The number of pupils increases from18 to 74

The state primary school in the small village of Maro has had its fortunes turned around with the arrival of foreign pupils. In 2013 the Virgen de las Maravillas school was on the brink of closure, with just 18 pupils attending classes.

However, with an influx of foreigners to the surrounding area, along with a project which involves parents in the day-to-day running of the school called 'learning community', the school now has 74 pupils and has had to increase its number of classrooms. The project has included providing a library and classroom for infants and future plans include after-school activities, a canteen and breakfast club facility.

Head teacher María Dolores Sánchez said on Monday, during a visit to the school by mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, and public education representatives, that she was, "extremely proud" of the changes that have taken place and that parents were attracted to the school thanks to its approach to parental participation.

Of the 74 children at the school, 31 are from other countries such as the UK, Holland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and France, among others.