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New round of Catalan classes for adults

foto-curs-catala-20192The Formentera Council's “Language Advisory Service” (Servei d'Assessorament Lingüístic, SAL) reports that tomorrow March 6 enrolment begins for the second round of adult education Catalan language courses. Registration, which continues through March 15, is free and can be handled in person at the OAC or online via the OVAC website.

Organised by the SAL, the course offering includes two groups at a range of levels: A2 (morning and evening), B1 (morning and evening), B2 (morning and evening) and C1/C2 (morning and afternoon).

The instruction is aimed at preparing students for the official exams that are being organised by the Govern balear's directorate general of language policies for this May.

Classes start March 18 and 19. The morning groups will meet at the adult learning centre, or Escola d'Adults, and the afternoon groups at IES Marc Ferrer.

For more information email the Formentera SAL at sal@conselldeformentera.cat or visit the OAC.

Two Formentera pupils named finalists in water work's Digital Kids' Contest

foto Aqualia dibuix 1The environment and education offices of the Formentera Council announce that Munay Guzmán Westcott, a pupil of CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, Stefan Cionabu Alexandru, who attends CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques, have been selected by Aquàlia in the water work's Digital Kids' Contest (Concurs Digital Infantil) as part of World Water Day.

CiF secretaries of environment and education Daisee Aguilera and Susana Labrador were joined by Maria del Mar Yern, the head of Aqualia’s municipal water service, in giving the children their prizes.

The young students' contributions were picked from more than eight thousand across Spain and Portugal.

This year's subtitle—“the stirring journey of water”—serves to remind youngsters of the hard work home water service requires. Pupils visited www.aiguaperagrifus.cat for videos, comics, activities and other educational material for the project, which was open to year three and four primary school students in areas Aquàlia operates.

As prizes were handed out, Daisee Aguilera offered “initiatives like this put Formentera youth in the position to see just what it takes to get water to their taps—all the parts of the water cycle—so that we're truly grasping the importance of this resource around the world, and at the same time learning how to be more responsible in how we consume it”.

Del Mar Yern, for her part, applauded the children's participation and praised the cooperation of the Council, schools and teachers.

CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu salutes victims of gender violence

foto-homenatge-2018-4This Friday the teaching staff and student body of CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu will host a special tribute event to honour the women and children claimed by gender violence in 2018.

CiF culture secretary Susana Labrador was joined by school director Neus Masdeu and Espai Dones chairwoman Dolores Tamargo in launching an appeal to the 450 pupils in the crowd to do their part to jettison gender violence, emphasising the importance of more equitable education if future generations are to achieve the goal.

Picking up where the adults left off, the children in the crowd chimed in with their own performance of Aitana's “Ets la força”, showing off posters and other craftwork inspired by the struggle to end violence.

Local observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence this Sunday November 25 comes with an entire morning of activities. Volunteers will staff an information booth in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució from 11.00am. At noon the students of the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory will give a concert and then a flash mob will dance to Rosalia's “Malamente”. At 1.00pm, the crowd will hear voices calling for the erasure of gender violence as part of a reading of the day's manifesto. Capping the day's programme, the film Custodia compartida will be shown in the cinema (Sala de Cultura).

Formentera libraries choose Sant Ferran's library connection for all-new English storytime

foto millie porter 2The Formentera Council's education office announces that at 5.00pm this Monday, November 26, the Sant Ferran library will host Millie Potter, the island's first-ever English-language storytelling session.

Elàstic Nou, the theatre company behind the educational initiative, say the premise of Millie Porter —combining homemade storytelling with an actress from an English background— is all about getting kids interested in the language.

The show's wild dynamism creates a setting in which participants are in near constant interactive engagement. Through words, songs and games, Millie takes children on a journey they aren't likely to forget.

Ment i Cor: Formentera hosts first open days for gifted children

foto actef 2The Formentera Council's education office announces that this weekend island families can look forward to a series of open days on the intellectually gifted and exceptionally talented organised by two area groups together with support from the Council. Ment i Cor (Catalan for “Mind and Body”) is being put together by ACTEF, an association to support individuals with exceptional abilities and talents, and the Balearic Islands' federation for the intellectually gifted.

Education secretary Susana Labrador says the event will be crucial to “bringing visibility to a group which could represent up to seven per cent of students”. Often the children to receive special care are the slower learners, observed Labrador. “We tend to overlook gifted pupils”, she said, “who have special learning needs, too”.

ACTEF's deputy chair, Maribel Calafat, detailed some the problems facing gifted youth, such as feeling they aren't understood by their peers or that they don't fit in. “'Gifted' doesn't mean 'good student'”, clarified Calafat, “It describes a different way of feeling, thinking and living. And if these children continue to go without special attention, down the road they could be struggling to find their place”. Such a prospect was the driving force behind the organisation of this weekend's open days, which are “specially tuned for families and educational staff to bring awareness to the 'gifted' question”.

Discussions and other activities
Organisers say 130 parents and teachers and 45 young people have already registered to participate, which will centre on responding to questions brought by households with gifted children.

The cinema will host a programme with a wide array of talks and round-tables with strategies for supporting gifted children, exploring their ways of processing emotions and frustrations, and coming to terms with their intellectual gifts.

At the same time, the Antoni Blanc fitness centre will play host to a range of fun and educational activities for kids. The space is being billed as “the perfect place to learn, gather and share hopes and concerns”.

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