Parque Escolar, EPE, established by Decree-Law no. 41/2007, of 21 February, is a corporation governed by public law with administrative and financial independence and its own assets. It is subject to the supervision of the Portuguese government ministers responsible for the areas of finance and education.
Parque Escolar's corporate object is the planning, management, development and execution of the modernisation programme for the public network of secondary and other schools under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, as approved by Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 1/2007 of 6 December 2006.
The Secondary School Network Modernization Program essentially aims to achieve three objectives:
• to rehabilitate and modernise the secondary schools buildings, restoring their physical and functional efficiency, with a view to creating the ideal conditions for a modern education adapted to the programmatic contents, didactic methods and the new information and communication;
• to open the schools to the communities, creating the conditions for closer cooperative links with the surrounding neighbourhood, encouraging correct appreciation of the buildings and ensuring full exploitation of the potential of the school infrastructures;
• to establish a new management model for school premises, ensuring optimization of resources and correct management of the conservation and upkeep of the buildings after the interventions.