Two kids cross the road as they go to school in the center of Pontevedra, northwestern Spain, on September 22, 2016. AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA
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The Spanish city of Pontevedra has decided to advocate giving children their space. Launched in 2010, the "Road to School" program has been taken up by seven establishments in the northwestern city which believe that far from being in danger, children as young as 6 actually thrive going to school without adults, developing strong self-confidence.According to city statistics, 25 percent of students aged 6 to 12 from the seven establishments who encourage the initiative walked to school alone last year.Paradoxically, accidents also often happen when an adult is present.Miguel Anxo Fernandez, who has been mayor of Pontevedra for 17 years, is a fan of Tonucci's ideas – so much so that he had one of his books translated into Galician, the regional dialect.Generally speaking, he has been a strong advocate of centering the city around its people – adults and children – reducing car traffic and creating more pedestrian and cycling areas.
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