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Restoring an old sailing ship to encourage juvenilles placed in the Reinforced Educational Center

The Colas Life project: Restoring an old sailing ship to encourage juvenilles placed in the Reinforced Educational Center of Port-Vendres to return to school and vocational training.

The Reinforced Educational Center of Port-Vendres is home to juveniles from 14 to 18 years old placed there by Judicial Child Protection services (PJJ).

This placement aims above all to break the spiral of delinquency, and to encourage a return to school or vocational training.

The project involves restoring an old sailing boat called "Lo Gaudi" as part of a process designed to restore basic knowledge through education provided by the National Education department and to foster learning by participating in a training program. Their work is supervised by professionals in the woodwork and shipbuilding trades.

Through the project, the teenagers improve individual qualities such as self-confidence, as well as learn what teamwork is, discover new trades and the pride of participating in a project with a strong regional and cultural dimension.

Once the restoration of "Lo Gaudi" is completed, the boat will be used by the association ADPEP66, to bring together teens from the Center and other children with disabilities who are members of the association.

The CER of Port-Vendres has teamed up with the Atelier des Barques de Paulilles, a center for the conservation and restoration of the Catalan maritime heritage, in order to identify an old sailing rig to be restored and to provide the young people of the CER with technical and professional support throughout the construction project.

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