By Teresa Gomez, Communications and Marketing

18 November 2019 - 12:57

Madrid, 12 of November, 2019. The British Council School has today presented its song, written to help children in Nursery and Primary to remember the emergency number 112. The idea will continue to be used by 112 in their web-campaigns, across their social media and in Schools, to let those youngest know about the tools available to them, in dangerous situations.

The rights to the song, which was written by the Head Nurse in Secondary at the British Council School and performed by the School Choir, have been signed over to Emergencias 112, at a function led by Eva Cabello Rioja, Education Councilor in  Pozuelo de Alarcón. Also taking part were other representatives from major institutions including Natividad López, President of AMECE (School Nurses Association), Carlos Novillo Piris, Director for the Security and Emergencies Agency Madrid 112, and Mark Howard, Director of the British Council in Spain, the UK based international organisation, for cultural relations and education opportunities to which the British Council School belongs.

During the event, Mark Howard said: “The British Council works directly or indirectly with almost 230.000 children and young people in Spain. We are totally committed to their security and wellbeing. This joint initiative with 112 allows our work and experience in Child Protection to move beyond the School gates and reach more children, more teachers and more families. We hope that it will be of great benefit to them all”. A video of the song is available on the British Council SpainYouTube Channel.

 About Emergencias 112

The unique Emergency telephone number, 1-1-2 , comes from a European Union Decision which promotes the use of a single number across all Member States for all kinds of emergencies.

The Madrid Community put into service the Emergency 112 number on the 1st of January 1998, with the aim of unifying the response to emergencies across our region.

The advantages of this Emergency Response Number, 112, in the Madrid Community, are as follows:

  • It applies to all kind of emergencies.

  • It is free.

  • It is the same across the whole European Union.

  • It is easy to remember.

  • It is available 24 hours, 365 days a year.

  • It allows for the immediate geographical location of the caller.

  • It allows for the simultaneous alert of all emergency services, enabling better response times.

  • It is designed with a view to scalability and allows for new advances in technology.