“People know The Prince just for the TV series. I live there and we have the same problems as other areas in the Peninsula, but here we live somewhat apart. “Prejudices, preconceived ideas and Ceuta’s lack of prominence in the national media are issues that concern in the autonomous city. Above all to their youths, who have the future of one of the most unknown cities in Spain in their hands.
With more than 80,000 inhabitants, the history of the city has always accompanied it, by obligation or by choice, has been destined to live with multiculturalism. “Spain in Africa”, as one of the slogans that is shown to the traveler as soon as they fall on the heliport reads.
A sample of this reality is the government of the autonomous city itself. Although it has a majority of Christians, it is also part of the one that was first deputy of Hindu origin in Congress: Kissy Chandiramani, the head of the Economy and Finance. There are also counselors from muslim origin, What Yamal Dris and Dunia Mohamed.
And that place, privileged for some things, is also one of the elements that make the autonomous city different from the reality of the peninsula. What future do young people have in their place of birth? On this and other issues, more than fifty students from the public schools Luis de Camoens, Puertas del Campo or Siete Colinas and from the private-concerted Catholic San Agustín school met in one of the rooms of the Adolfo Suárez Library. .
The testimonies of the young people are part of a meeting in Ceuta that was moderated by the vice president of EL ESPAÑOL, Cruz Sánchez de Lara, and had the participation of Pedro J. Ramirez, executive president and director of EL ESPAÑOL, Gregorio Marañón, president of the Board of Trustees of the Teatro Real, and Carlos Rontomé, Minister of Education of the Government of Ceuta.
There, outside the classrooms, the conversation between young people flowed in a respectful way: “There are politicians who want to come to alter our coexistence“, but” they are not going to achieve it. “Multiculturalism, among these young people, is much more than a common place that is repeated only in words: it is the truth of their day to day. Different religions meet in the classrooms – Catholics, Muslims or atheists, mainly – and cultures mix naturally.
Umaima, a student at IES Puertas del Campo, opens the field for debate: “Coexistence here has always been very good, but due to politics it has been affected in recent months“It refers to the massive border crossing that occurred in the month of May. For many it remains a sensitive issue to talk about.
The month of May was a before and after in Ceuta. Some students claimed to have had a bad time: “Of course I felt fear, suddenly thousands of people entered and filled the city, but I also felt empathy. When someone crosses the border they do it looking for something better“It was days of tanks in the street and the army mobilized to maintain normality.
There was also “chaos and fear” for some, but the common point was in how these young people highlighted that “the politicians arrived too late, nobody cared what was happening in Ceuta“. President Sánchez came a few hours later, but the students were referring to Vox. Ainhara, a student at IES Siete Colinas, believes that it is precisely this party that is” responsible for the fact that the society of Ceuta is disintegrating; they have retrograde ideas. “
Abascal, who was named person not grateful in Ceuta, he raised the criticism of young people: “From a lifetime we have all been together and for four years problems began to be seen. Since that game arrived. “And it is that the Ceuta detect that there is a generational leap in which” our parents and our grandparents “do not see so clear that the social cohesion that has always existed among the mackerels-colloquial gentilicio of Ceuta-.
Celia, a student at Luis de Camoens, adds to the debate the indiscriminate use of social networks: “That made it much more widely publicized.” They denounce that in the national media Ceuta is the protagonist “only because of the bad things.” “We want what happens here, the good also, it is known in the Peninsula. What does the rest of Spain think of us? ”
The future in Ceuta
Like any second year high school student in Spain, Ceuta people are very concerned about knowing what to do in the future. For them it is even more complicated: the possibilities of studying in their city are much lower than in the rest of the country. Nursing, Business Administration, Computer Engineering or Education. Laura wants to study Law: “Ceuta is the city in which I grew up, I will go abroad to study and I will return because I want to improve Ceuta“.
For his part, Jesús, from the IES Luis de Camoens, has a clear vocation as an “English teacher”. And for that he will also have to leave Ceuta: “I want to have my own language school, I will go to Cádiz to study, but I don’t know if I’ll be back. If I do it, it is because here they charge more. “
But the future of the city depends on tourism and the development of a technological pole that attracts capital called by the best economic conditions. Thus, for example, David assures: “The helicopter and the boat are expensive to get there, there should be help to make it easier for people to get there. “In another sense, the development of the gambling sector in Ceuta presents opportunities, such as” becoming a mini Las Vegas so that people from all over the world could come. “
They are the ideas of present and future that are in the heads of future Ceuta leaders. They still have a long way to go, but claiming the main hallmark of its city, multiculturalism, the roads are more easily passable.