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FiC to put Ca ses Ferreres terrain up for auction

cases Ferreres 1The Formentera Council has decided to sell the terrain known as 'Ca ses Ferreres' by public auction. Both the land and the house constructed thereupon, located in El Pilar de la Mola, are property of the Council. The auction can take place only after notice is given in the Official Bulletin of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) and, following this, once a two-month wait period has elapsed. Publication of such a notice in the BOIB is expected to happen in the coming days.

The decision was made in light of the fact that the terrain is neither associated with any public service nor is it expected to be in the near future. The home at 'Ca ses Ferreres' is on rural land and has neither water, electricity nor sewage service.

According to economic services of Formentera Council, sale of 'Ca ses Ferreres' is the most adequate solution given the advanced state of degradation of the house.

Appraisal of all the 'Ca ses Ferreres' property, the house and the plots located thereupon – which consist of some 15,000 square metres – was conferred to TINSA Ltd. The total value was set at €429,615.15.

The property was already put up for public tender once in December 2013 following the same procedure, at which time an estimated value of €529,606.20 was given.

Array of Catalan courses for range of levels

cursos catalaThe Formentera Council, by way of its Linguistic Assessment Service, has opened enrolment for a series of Catalan courses to be given at the local Escola d'Adults (school for adults). Enrolment ends 3 October, just a few days before the first classes are scheduled to begin.

The classes were created with the goal of making Catalan study available to anyone interested. During the 2013-2014 academic calendar, the number of students attending classes or having attended at some point reached one hundred twenty. Students can enrol at the Citizen Information Office (la OAC) or either one of the Linguistic Assessment Service's two information points, located at the office of culture and the Escola d'Adults.

This year, there are a total of nine Catalan courses available. Timetables vary from morning to evening and all language levels are offered. The beginner's level course (A2) will be divided into three different groups as will Intermediate Catalan (B1-B2). Advanced Catalan (C1-C2) will be split into two different groups, and a conversation group will also be organised. The most exciting change this year is the coordination between the Linguistic Assessment Service and the school for adults.

The anticipated timetables for the different courses are as follows: Elementary Catalan (A2), Mondays and Wednesdays, [1] 5:15-6:15pm or [2] 8:15-9:15pm; or Tuesdays and Thursdays, [3] 9:15-10:15am. Intermediate Catalan – a combination of both the B1 and B2 levels – will be offered either as a mixed-level group Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm, or as two split groups: (B1) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am; and (B2) 11:15am-12:15pm.

As for the two mixed-level C1-C2 courses, they will be given Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15pm, or Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15pm. Finally, the conversation group will meet Wednesdays from 9:15-10:15am.

All of the courses are free, and, depending on the group, will start on either 6 or 7 October, while end dates are contingent upon the official testing schedules dictated by the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics. At the present moment, two rounds of official Catalan exams are anticipated: one in February and one in May, 2015.

Sa Miranda nursery school kicks off 2014-15 academic year with new classroom and 58 new students

Escoleta2014 aula novaSa Miranda nursery school (known commonly as l'escoleta) which falls under the administration of the Formentera Island Council's office of education, opened its doors this morning to pupils and proceeded through the first day of the 2014-2015 school year without a hitch.

For 58 pupils, today was the first day of classes ever. Counting the centre's 40 returning students, Sa Miranda will take in a total of 98 students the 2014-15 academic year. The Sa Miranda centre is composed of one classroom for newborns, three classrooms for ages 1-2 and three for 2-3 year olds.

This year's enrolment figures represent an increase of 18 pupils compared to last year (when a total of 80 were registered). The increase was made possible thanks to remodel work performed at the school in July and August. The changes – a new classroom, a new cafeteria and a more hygienic vinyl flooring in the centre's oldest classrooms, as well as general maintenance and a new paint job – have left Sa Miranda shining. The total cost of these improvements was 90,000€.

With teacher-pupil ratios unchanged, the physical remodel of Sa Miranda is not expected to negatively impact the quality of education there. To ensure this continued quality, the Council of Formentera has hired two new educators, bringing the total number of teachers at the centre to twelve.

Sa Miranda nursery school is an educational centre belonging to the network of public nurseries in the Balearic Islands. The pedagogy employed at the school -and the style of organisation- are founded on the principle of the right of the child to receive an education that is constructed around his real needs (physical, psychological, emotional, personal, intellectual, social, etc.)

It is the hope of the educational staff at Sa Miranda that the centre be a place of mutual respect for different cultures, non-discriminatory and democratic, where equal opportunities are promoted for all pupils and full respect is given the surrounding natural, social and cultural environments.

The Formentera Island Council devotes a substantial part of the office of education's annual budget to the administration of the Sa Miranda nursery school. Yearly funding for the centre tops 460,000€, and the largest portion of that amount goes to staff hiring. In 2013, the Formentera Island Council received 3,733.26€ from the Govern Balear in Palma for maintenance of public centres of early education like Sa Miranda.

UIB's summer session makes cameo in Formentera

univ estiuThis morning in Formentera, Sònia Cardona, Formentera's councillor of culture, and Gemma Tur, coordinator of the graduate studies programme at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) in Formentera, unveiled details about the XIII annual Escola d'Estiu a Eivissa i Formentera, a summer session of university courses serving residents of the Pitiüsa Islands.

New this year, collaboration between UIB and Formentera's office of culture on a course titled Introducció al Llenguatge Cinematogràfic a Formentera (Introduction to Cinematographic Language in Formentera) has led to what will be the first ever locally-imparted session of the course, set to take place on 6 September.

Councillor Cardona hailed the fact that “opportunities like this bring the UIB closer to Formentera, and puts the University within the reach of people here.” She also highlighted other similar programmes – a university for the elderly and a recently constructed videoconference room – that were conceived as ways for Formentera students to participate in university studies.

Gemma Tur stated: “This year's Formentera class session can be regarded in either one of two ways: as a free-of-charge university-level conference, or as just one element of what is in fact a five-day course in cinema and cinematographic language.”

The class will be held at the hall of ceremonies (sala d'actes) of the offfice of culture from 10 am to 2 pm. Leading the session, Joan Marí, screenplay writer, producer and founding member of the production company Incortum and Enrique Villalonga, director, screenplay writer, producer and founder/director of the Filmotica production company.

Marí's segment of the class will cover writing techniques and screenplay analysis while Villalonga's will focus on syntax and cinematographic narrative. Closing the joint lecture, a screening of the Villalonga-directed film “El hijo del taxidermista” (The Taxidermist's Son) followed by a debate.

The 6 September session is one of five different conference-style classes comprising the XIII Universitat d'Estiu d'Eivissa i Formentera summer programme, a five-day series scheduled for 8 to 12 September.

Enrolment – cost-free – will only be required in the case of those participants that wish to obtain a certificate of attendance. To enrol, interested individuals can call 971.39.80.20.

For additional information, contact Sònia Cardona at 666.15.58.29.

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