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Formentera celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

foto dia discapacitat 2018 2The Formentera Council social welfare office reports that the programme of activities which begins this Monday, December 3, to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities was unveiled today.

Vanessa Parellada, the Council's secretary of social welfare, and Marta Uriarte, director of the island's dependent care centre, the Centre de Dia, were joined by representatives of the Eivissa-Formentera association for people with special needs (APNEEF), the Pau Mayans association for the integration of people on the autism spectrum (APMIPTEA) and the Pityusic association for educational and social inclusion (APIES) in presenting a host of events scheduled to take place from November 28 to December 16.

First ever Jornades sobre la Discapacitat

On Wednesday, November 28, the first Jornades sobre la Discapacitat, day-long features on the resources and services available locally people with disabilities, will take place in the Centre de Dia's conference hall. Parellada described the gatherings as “a showcase for efforts that are under way locally—partnerships with a range of groups working to support people with disabilities—aimed at meeting needs within this community”. The idea, says the secretary, is to educate families about the resources that exist to help them.

The Jornades get started at 9.30am and will begin with a presentation of the activities offered at the service for childhood development and early care (SEDIAP), DISCARED Ibiza, the network of families of people with disabilities and APIES, plus a look at APMIPTEA's Formatea project. The event will be followed with a round-table discussion and will close with an open day at the dependent care facility.

Other activities

For International Day of Persons with Disabilities, from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Monday, December 3, groups will mount information stands in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució. APNEEF, APMIPTEA and APIES will share information about the activities and programmes they organise on Formentera and sell handkerchiefs for the charity walk.

December 8, the local cinema (Sala de Cultura) welcomes back Campeones, Spain's contribution to this year's Oscar awards. The free screening starts at 6.00pm.

Second Caminada Solidària
The final event for International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens Saturday December 16 with the second annual Caminada Solidària. The tagline of this year's walk is “Walking together without barriers” and participants will set out on a two-kilometre route from jardí de ses Eres. “The walk is accessible for people with a range of disabilities”, confided Parellada. “so everyone can take part”. Walkers are expected at 1.00pm for snacks in jardí de ses Eres.

Formentera welcomes two new hires as part of programme for young job-seekers

foto-noves-places-soib-joves-2The social welfare department of the Formentera Council reports that two young women joined the administration payroll this week thanks to a programme of the Balearic employment office branded SOIB Jove Qualificats Entitats Locals.

Trumpeting the qualities of the programme, department head Vanessa Parellada said “it gives our youth a great opportunity get their feet wet in the working world through a range of areas in the public administration, the Formentera Council included”.

SOIB Jove 'Qualified Local Entities'

The programme unlocks money to generate jobs for unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who are enrolled in Spain's Garantia Juvenil or “Youth Promise” system. Candidates must have completed an accredited academic course or advanced vocational training, though previous work experience in one's field is not required.

Maria Antònia Martorell and Alba Portas will be responsible for putting together the Formentera Council's catalogue of services and incorporating it into the administration's web site. The site will serve as a tool for islanders and visitors to obtain information about varying services and arms of the administration.

The two will also take the lead on creation of an administrative database envisioned as a one-stop shop where specialists can locate up-to-date information on general and tourism-related activities.

SOIB Jove Qualificats Entitats Locals receives funding from the 2014-2020 Operational Programme for Youth Employment and Youth Employment Initiative of the European Social Fund, as well as additional support from the Sector Conference Fund.

This is the Formentera Council's second experience with the SOIB Jove programme.

Formentera takes stand to end gender violence with two weeks of programming

foto eliminacio violencia dona 2018Social welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada sat down with Espai Dones chairwoman Dolores Fernández Tamargo and Azucena Carrasco, a specialist in the social welfare office, to unveil the slate of activities lined up to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This year's catchphrase is “Vives ens volem”, or roughly translated, “Keep us alive”.

Activities

The action starts with the Baal company's production of CROTCH before cinema audiences (Sala de Cultura)—and doesn't stop until Sunday November 25.

For seven days in November—the 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 28th and 30th—Malaika Comet will be at the Casal d'Entitats to host a clinic on illustration and art therapy with the women of Visions (10.00am to 12.30pm).

At 7.30pm on Friday the 16th, the local notary public, Javier Gonzalez Granado, will be on hand to explain marital property law in terms of spousal rights and inheritance in the culture bureau's Sala d'Actes.

On Monday, the Ajuntament Vell welcomes a new exhibit and its keeper, Malaika Comet. Titled Visions, the collection features artwork from a feminist drawing workshop held on Eivissa.

At 6.30pm on Wednesday the 21st, the Casal de Joves will host a screening of filmmaker Céline Sciamma's Girlhood. A discussion afterwards will focus on adolescent girlhood in low-income neighbourhoods.

At 7.30pm on Friday the 23rd, the façade of the Sant Francesc church will become a canvass for María Acha-Kutscher's Indignades, a collection of photos of women in public protest in Latin America. At 9.30pm the Sala de Cultura will screen Custodia compartida.

For International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Sunday November 25, the morning of activities starts at eleven with an outreach stand in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució. At noon students of the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory will give a live performance, followed by a flash mob set to Rosalia's Malamente. An hour later the day's manifesto, an appeal to end gender violence, will be read publicly. Later that evening, at 8.00pm, the Sala de Cultura will project Custodia compartida once again.

Lastly, Thursdays in November and till year end, Giuseppe Macchione will welcome students at the Casal d'Entitats for a course on the live, samba-like jam sessions known as batucadas.

Rights of the child, empowered families and diversity training star features of programming for Children's Day

foto dretsObservance, this November 20, of Universal Children's Day can be traced to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, two appeals for guaranteed access to sound living conditions and opportunities which promote the development and wellness of the whole child.

Formentera renews commitment as Child-Friendly City

A spearhead for related action came in the form of a recent announcement from the permanent secretary of the Child-Friendly Cities programme that Formentera's recognition in the programme, dated October 17, 2014, would be extended another four years.

A Child-Friendly municipality is one committed to application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is part of the rationale driving the Council's year-round commitment to curating programming that is cultural, educational, active, earth-conscious and fun. To celebrate Universal Children's Day this November, the Council announces a month-long activities programme put together in coordination with distinct offices of the administration.

Activities programme

Educating and empowering families is a fundamental part of protecting the rights of children. That is the premise of FERYA's presentation of “Famílies en xarxa” (Networks of families) and a discussion hosted by the Balearic Islands youth institute on online gaming.

Another pillar is the task of normalising difference in all its forms, whether functional diversity or varying gender identities. One sport-related event in particular takes up the cause of inclusiveness, while another feature of programming involves workshops at local schools so pupils can discuss issues like sexual and gender diversity.

Schools and families play critical roles, too, on one thing in particular: protecting the environment. All November long, pupils from across the island will take part in a project called Plàstic Zero, in which sand samples are collected from different beaches and scanned for plastics, an invitation to discussion as for possible solutions.

Programming even covers leisure—a manga workshop, ImproXoc (a stage production) and “Escape Room” all take place at the Casal de Joves. There's also "Cada pollo con su rollo" and gymkhanas in the Sant Ferran school playground; fitness activities (a trek across La Mola with Walking Formentera, a family day at Antoni Blanc sports centre, and inclusive, accessible sport activities, also in the school courtyard); cultural fare like Improaventures and documentary Camino a la escuela in Biblioteca Marià Villangómez and, at the cinema, the most recent L'Illa a Escena production, Safari.

La Mola primary school becomes Formentera's first in network of socially-conscious schools in Pityuses

foto signatura-conveni-xarxaThe Formentera Council's social welfare office reports that La Mola's primary school, CEIP El Pilar de la Mola, has joined a network of area schools that promote engagement with social causes. The school is the first on Formentera to join Xarxa de Centres Educatius Solidaris—a network (xarxa) of "schools in solidarity" that is backed by an Eivissa-Formentera cooperation fund. The school's incorporation in the Xarxa was made official with the signing of a partnership agreement between the fund and the school.

Vanessa Parellada, who is the social welfare secretary and the cooperation fund's deputy chair, hailed CEIP El Pilar's inclusion on the network, saying it would “put pupils in contact with schoolchildren from other cultures and get them involved in work with a social impact”. Parellada characterised the initiative as “enlisting a range of educational development strategies to connect children who live and study thousands of miles apart”.

Xarxa de Centres Educatius Solidaris

The Xarxa was created in 2008 to consolidate efforts by the cooperation fund, the Fons Pitiús de Cooperació, to promote development education at local schools. It focuses on schools committed to creating a more just world, a world where people's fundamental rights are respected and where the environment is respected as well, preaching “inclusiveness and the transformative power of education to create global citizens through everyday educational action”.

Guiding the Xarxa's crusade are a series of commitments, adhered to by the Fons and member schools. CEIP El Pilar makes a number of promises, including to write transformational learning and creating global citizens into their school's overarching vision; to create a committee that will interface with the Fons and take up the task of making related activities more exciting and dynamic; participate in Xarxa meetings; stage workshops and teach workshop content to pupils.

CEIP El Pilar promises other action as well. For one, to donate money, though no minimums are dictated, to benefit infrastructure and quality learning in the Nicaraguan town of Palacagüina. Another part of the school's pledge involves engaging pupils in a yearly research project on a topic of their choosing, and an exchange project with the sister school in Nicaragua.

Today Xarxa de Centres Educatius Solidaris is home to nine primary schools on Eivissa—CEIP Sant Antoni, CC Santíssima Trinitat, CEIP Santa Gertrudis, CEIP S'Olivera, CEIP Puig d'en Valls, CEIP Sant Jordi, CEIP Torres de Balàfia, CEIP Labritja and CEIP Sa Joveria. CEIP El Pilar is the Xarxa's tenth member school, and the first on Formentera.

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