The origin of this initiative was the Educational Classroom project which was developed during the time of the restoration work on the church in the Yuso Monastery, which in 2011 was awarded the Europa Nostra award by the European Union in the category of education, training and awareness-raising.
Our aim is for those who live in or visit the Valley of San Millán to enjoy an experience in which, through dynamic activities, they can discover ideas, stories, people, traditions, artistic creations, lifestyles and landscapes from this place, which is the “cradle” of the Spanish language. In short, all the heritage assets which made the monasteries of Suso and Yuso worthy of World Heritage site status in 1997.
The educational activities take place in the facilities of the Monasteries of Yuso and Suso and in the surrounding area, where participants come into contact with the village people. Children, youngsters and adults enjoy and discover things they didn’t know in places which truly surprise and move them.
The aim of the educational programme is for citizens, especially the younger ones, to understand what cultural heritage is and why we must conserve it, for them to understand the technical, scientific and financial challenges involved in conservation, to get involved in the defense and protection of the cultural and natural heritage of their surroundings and to learn to enjoy their right to participate in the cultural life of their community.