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Seniors’ university returns to Formentera

Foto flyer UOM 2018Formentera's Office of Social Welfare announces that tomorrow will mark the start of the Universitat Oberta per a Majors (“Open University for the Aged”) 2018 academic year. An initiative of the Universitat de les Illes Balears, the UOM is coordinated jointly by the Council, Fundació la Caixa and El Corte Inglés.

The seven-part lecture series will play out across Formentera's social centres for the elderly (three each in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran and one in la Mola) and will focus on a range of topics chosen by the clubs themselves.

The Council backs activities that encourage learning and active lifestyles as a path to wellness and independence.

Eight Formentera students to specialise in geriatric care

Foto taller ocupacional geriatriaThe Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare reports that the island's adult care centre, the Centre de Dia, will host from next Thursday (February 15) a course on dependent individuals in the public health system.

The nine-month course, dubbed Tramuntana VII, will play out between February and November. Students will be trained to work in the service of dependent people in their particular arena of public health. They will learn to apply strategies developed by the appropriate interdisciplinary team and follow the steps to nurture and enhance care-recipients' personal autonomy and their interactions with their surroundings.

The programme includes 385 hours of course work and 875 hours of paid work experience, with two hours of class time and five and a half hours of work per day, at the Centre de Día or in the Council's at-home care service (SAD) and under the supervision of an instructor/course director.

Students will be paid €1,021.01 for each month of the course, in addition to accruing social security. When the course ends, participants will have the opportunity to build on their expertise, working in the field with individuals with physical, mental or sensory disabilities, or carrying out work in public health institutions.

Tramuntana VII and the accompanying job insertion programme are projects of SOIB, the employment office in the Balearic Islands, and have a budget of €130,219.33.

It's Carnaval at adult care centre, too

MajorsCarnaval celebrations came early this year for elderly individuals at Formentera's adult care centre. All told, 25 seniors and five staff members took part in the popular holiday first by designing and fashioning, and then donning fancy-dress getups. The theme? Poker cards.

Black spades and clubs and red hearts and diamonds were the adornments on the decidedly multifarious deck of human cards, adding a splash of colour to activities at Formentera's Centre de Dia.

Youth worker training course

diverespaiThe Formentera Council's department of training and employment reports that this Monday, January 29, marked the start of a training programme for activity leaders which is being coordinated by the employment office of the Balearic Islands. Aimed at boosting the employability of young people under 30, the course will conclude in mid-June.

Fran Jurado is the instructor for the course, which consists in ten students (nine women and one man) and involves 12.5 of weekly training Thursday and Friday mornings at the Casal de Joves, the island's youth centre.

The weekly programme also incorporates 25 hours of work practice at places like Sant Ferran's Casalet, the Casal de Joves and the local basketball club. Challenges for activity leaders involve adapting to the particular social context of their placement and developing on the theories dealt with in class.

The course aims to equip students with a variety of resources, namely, the tools to facilitate activities in spaces for youngsters; the knowledge to show young audiences how to occupy their free time with recreational activities; and methods to teach values like tolerance, empathy and respect for diversity.

On completion of the training, participants will receive certification to work in the sociocultural sector with youth. Possible applications of the accreditation include sports clubs, youth centres, associations, schools, summer camps, Formentera's inflatable toy installation Diverespai and other recreational spaces for children.

Formentera gives new students leg up with language support

Presentacio del projecte dacolliment linguisticDetails were released this morning about a “language assistance project” to ease new students' transition into a new linguistic environment. The presentation was led by social welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada and Maria Isabel Jiménez, a teacher.

Faced with comparatively poorer grades and higher rates of school failure among immigrant youth, a factor which poses an obstacle to the students' normal development in professional and social contexts, the administration's immigration offices hatched a plan. It included a “language assistance” workshop tuned to serving the needs specifically felt by such newcomers.

The interest in assistance
Unlike in years past, this year's programme, which begins February 5 and concludes when students break for summer, won't be aimed at specific year levels. Rather, it will be available to each and every recently-arrived pupil enrolled in primary and secondary education.

Programme coordinator Maria Isabel Jiménez called it “a resource to help pupils improve their reading, writing and oral comprehension of Catalan” while framing the goal as “to give newcomers the tools to do what's being asked of them in their classes”.

The challenge of the initiative will be to boost not only academic performance, but also social integration. According to Councillor Parellada, “better integration at the school level means improved integration overall for students' families”.

Classes will be tuned to meet the educational abilities of each pupil, and instructors will additionally focus on promoting work in groups, levelling the playing field for participating students and fomenting a positive reception of Catalan, the so-called “vehicular language” of schools in the Balearics.

Starting this Thursday, January 25, signups will be held Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the head offices of Formentera social services: Vénda des Brolls, 53. Enrolment closes Thursday, February 1.

For more information, telephone 971 32 12 71 or contact rescolar@conselldeformentera.cat. The location of classes will be decided based on the number and needs of pupils who register.

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