Today, in the Auditorium, Bigastro will recognise the work of a teacher who was determined to bring culture to rural youth. The City Council have appointed Joseph Nieto Nieto, who served as a teacher in the town between 1947 and 1965, as its adopted son. At the ceremony will be his widow and the authors of a book written about Nieto which includes testimonies from some of his students.
Nieto is remembered for his work in convincing labourers to send their children to school. In his time, he tripled the number of children going to school. Thus he ensured that young bigastrense were not condemned to work on the farm because they were illiterate. He also helped families who had no money and gave private lesson to their sons.
In 1984, the town honoured Nieto by naming one of the streets after him.