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PECT. National Writing Contest - SPAIN

PECT. National Writing Contest - SPAIN

The Tax Agency has awarded the prizes to the winning and finalist students of the 2021-2022 national contest for schools, a contest that the Agency has been organizing annually within the framework of its Civic-Tax Education Program and that it is now resuming after the contest held in 2019, before the health crisis.

The prizes have been awarded in the three existing modalities: 'Writing' for students of Third Cycle of Primary and ESO-Bachillerato-FP, and 'Advertising Piece' for students of ESO-Bachillerato-FP.

The three winning students, who last year attended primary and secondary schools in Ávila and Pontevedra, received, like the finalists, the awards in a ceremony attended by family members and teachers.

After the presentation of the prizes by the Secretary of State, Jesús Gascón Catalán, and the Director General of the Tax Agency, Soledad Fernández Doctor, the schoolchildren read and presented their works, chosen from among those previously selected by the different territorial delegations of the Agency.

The winning and finalist works are published in the AEAT's Civic-Tax Education Program Portal.

The holding of the contest is part of a series of measures aimed at reinforcing the Civic-Tax Education Program that the Agency has been developing since 2003 and which it plans to intensify and develop, in accordance with the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

The program involves the participation of officials who give talks to students in the last years of primary education, ESO, Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and universities. The activities carried out in the centers are complemented by training activities for teachers and open days for schools in the Agency's 52 provincial delegations.

Last year, 255 trainers from the different territorial delegations of the AEAT have given more than 2,500 hours of training to more than 53,000 students, thus exceeding the training capacity prior to the reduction of this activity that occurred in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.

The aim of these talks is to explain to the younger ones the social sense of paying taxes and their correspondence with public spending, as well as the damage that tax fraud entails for society as a whole.

It is thus understood that the incorporation of civic-tax education contents from school to university helps young people to develop a solidary behavior. The works selected for this national contest incorporate these messages and show the need for an ethical correspondence between personal interests and common benefits in a society.