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Formentera adds voice to push for liberated and eco-friendly menstruation

The Consell de Formentera is proud to announce its partnership with New Period, a campaign by Rezero to normalise and promote healthier, more environmentally friendly and fairer menstrual products. Susana Labrador, councillor of education, described plans to reach years four, five and six at Marc Ferrer Secondary School by explaining "all the options of existing menstrual products and empowering students in critical and responsible consumption".

Information will also be provided online and through five workshops for associations and groups focused on equality and sports and staff of the Consell de Formentera. The workshops will be geared toward strengthening and amplifying menstrual education on the island.

Rezero, a non-profit foundation, emerged as an outgrowth of the taboo and stigma that persist around menstruation. Marta Beltran, project manager at Rezero, decries a "lack of adequate information and education, which perpetuates poor accessibility to safe (toxin-free), fair (tax-free and produced in respectful conditions) and circular (reusable) products needed by female-bodied individuals and others who menstruate".

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Bertran also points out that "the vast majority of menstrual products on the market are single-use items such as pads and tampons, which have environmental, economic, health and social impacts starting in production and continuing well beyond their disposal". In the Balearic Islands, the over 135 million menstrual products consumed in 2019 generated about 1,620 tonnes of waste.

"From reusables like menstrual underwear, linen pads and menstrual cups, to free bleeding and toxin- and plastic-free products, better alternatives to traditional menstrual products have been available for decades", says Beltran, "but only a minority of individuals know about and use them regularly".

This initiative benefits from the collaboration of the education, equality, citizen participation and environment offices of the Consell de Formentera.

13 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

New creative writing course at Marià Villangómez Library

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that the Marià Villangómez Library's second writing course of 2022 will be "Introduction to creative writing and literary appreciation", to be held in November and taught in Catalan.

As part of the initiative the Marià Villangómez Library has acquired related books in Catalan and Spanish that it will make available to participants.

Introduction to creative writing and literary appreciation
Individuals must be 16 years old to participate and may register by sending an email to biblioteca@conselldeformetera.cat indicating their full name, phone number and email address. Registration will be open 17 to 21 October, and no more than 10 can participate. Places will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Vicent Ferrer Mayans will give the workshop at the Marià Villangómez Library every Monday in November from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. There is no cost to participate.

Ferrer was born on Formentera in 1967. He works as a professor of language and literature, researcher, communicator, playwright and screenwriter. He also coordinates the graphic and literary review ADN.

The workshop will cover resources for writer's block; driving creation through constriction; rewriting literary texts; writing for social media and the basics of micro-poem creation.

For inquiries, contact the library team by e-mail at biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat or by calling 971 32 33 86 during library hours.

13 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Sant Ferran school canteen serves its first meals

foto 2022x menjador escolar CToday Ana Juan, Alejandra Ferrer and Susana Labrador, the respective president, vice president and councillor of education for the Consell de Formentera, together with Margalida Ferrer, educational delegate for Eivissa and Formentera, paid a visit to the newly operational kitchen and canteen of the Sant Ferran de ses Roques primary school.

President Juan expressed her satisfaction at "launching a service that was at the heart of so many requests from the local educational community and one which will help islanders balance their professional and personal lives". She pointed up the Sant Ferran school's "tailor-made facilities" and said pooling the resources needed to underwrite the meal service had been "a collaborative effort".

For her part, Councillor Labrador said that when the previous concessionaire withdrew from the service, the joint decision by local government, the school and parents' association to take up the mantle meant "a great deal of work", and she applauded the Consell's partners in the endeavour. "We are the first island council to sign an agreement with the Balearic Government to run the meal service", she explained, adding that work was already under way so that in the coming months meals could also be offered in other public schools on the island.

The Consell de Formentera struck a deal with the Balearic Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to take over management of the CEIP Sant Ferran school canteen service as a centralised kitchen from the 2022-2023 school year. The island's government runs the kitchen and cleans the spaces with its own staff.

Meal costs are set by the Sant Ferran school council. This year students who use the service every day will pay €6.50 and those who use it sporadically €7.15. The school parents' association will oversee payment collections.

Canteen monitors will be teachers from the school and will paid by the Balearic Government per ministry guidelines approved by yearly resolution. There may also be volunteer monitors from the parents' association.

Meal service for other public schools
Mestre Lluís Andreu and CEIP el Pilar de la Mola are taking administrative steps to apply for the canteen service through the Balearic Ministry of Education. Schools will have to provide a canteen space. Under the agreement, meals will prepared at the central kitchen at the Sant Ferran school and delivered elsewhere.

Children at the Sant Ferran nursery (escoleta) will also have their meals in the new canteen. "Until now they received meals from the kitchen at Escoleta La Miranda", said Labrador, "but now that the dining hall is operative, they will eat there a different time than primary pupils".

Neus Costa, director of CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques; representatives of the parents' association; Esperanza Suñer, director of Escoleta Sant Ferran; Neus Marí, director of CEIP Pilar de la Mola, and Santiago Ramírez, director of CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, also attended the event.

10 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Class in session at School of Music and Dance of Formentera

foto 2022x fi de curs EDMFThe 2022-2023 school year is now under way at the School of Music and Dance of Formentera (Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera, EMDF), with some 203 students enrolled at the start of lessons last week. Twelve music teachers and three dance instructors impart "elementary" official studies and "non-regulated" professional classes.

Susana Labrador, councillor of education and culture, wished all students an auspicious start to the year and hoped that "young and old can enjoy the offer and deepen their knowledge of music and dance, whether as casual amateurs or on a more professional track".

Course catalogue:

-Official Music Studies (ages eight and up)
Instruments: flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and clarinet.

-Non-regulated studies (eight and up)
Instruments: flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.

-Traditional music workshop (four and up)
Local folk instruments: drum, castanets and flute. Levels: Initiation I; Initiation II; Continuation I and Continuation II.

-Initiation to music (five to eight)
Participants discover instruments and music theory through songs and games.

-Independent Professional Studies
Tailored to individual student needs (prerequisite: elementary studies from a state-accredited school or conservatory).

-Percussion Workshop
Students are familiarised with an array of rhythms and percussion instruments.

-Formentera Polyphonic Choir
Free activity. Previous knowledge of music not required.

Composed essentially of wind instruments. One hour of group training with student's chosen instrument, one hour of targeted music theory and one hour of band practice.

-Modern (eight and up): Study and practice of choreographies. Techniques include jazz and various current styles such as funk and hip-hop.

-Intro to dance (three to eight): By gaining familiarity with their bodies and movement, children can explore, learn, express themselves and create through movement. Techniques: classical and contemporary dance.

-Flamenco workshop (adults): Participants learn basic techniques required to dance flamenco. Basic body positioning, spins, footwork and identification of styles and rhythms. Brief theoretical study of the style of chosen choreography. Workshop tailored to the level of the group.

-Classical dance workshop (adults): Participants learn basic techniques required to dance ballet. Basic body positioning, spins, footwork and identification of styles and rhythms. Brief theoretical study of the style of chosen choreography. Workshop tailored to the level of the group.

-Official Dance Studies: (eight and up). Distributed in four courses: Classical dance, Spanish dance and music applied to dance.

Elementary instruction focuses on basic study of classical dance technique, knowledge of Spanish dance and origins and music applied to dance. The four courses of Elementary Dance Studies are a critical stage in the development of the dancer and serve as the foundation of correct and effective technique. The ideal age for these studies is between eight and twelve years old.

4 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Start of Joan Marí Cardona Local Studies lecture series

foto 2022x jornades estudis localsA lecture given yesterday by Raquel González and Carmen Castelló titled 'Lateen sailing on Formentera: in everyday life and the imprint on society and culture' marked the start of the Formentera Office of Heritage's Joan Marí Cardona Local Studies lecture series.

Day one of the week-long series also served to present the 2018, 2019 and 2020 issues of Formentera, a review which, in the two years since its revival, has brought updated editions of every issue published since 2015. As Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage pointed out, a 2020 edition of the review has also been put together with the articles that were never presented due to COVID-19.

Lectures continue all this week from 7.00pm in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens). Admission is free and reservations are not required.

-Tuesday: Els pactes successoris: una antiga institució de rabiosa actualitat. (Succession agreements: an ancient institution of current relevance.) Olga Patricia Cardona Guasch
-Wednesday: Formentera a les revistes gràfiques del segle XX. Temàtiques recurrents a les publicacions periòdiques il·lustrades. (Formentera in graphic reviews of the 20th century: recurring themes in illustrated periodicals.) Joan-Albert Ribas Fuentes
-Thursday: Història del paisatge i gestió dels recursos vegetals a la Formentera prehistòrica. (Landscape history and management of plant resources on prehistoric Formentera.) Pau Sureda Torres
-Friday: La pedrera de moles de s'Estufador de Formentera. Correlacions i síntesi de les moleres de Balears. (The grinding stone quarry of S'Estufador, Formentera: current correlations and overview of Balearic grinding stones.) Joaquín Sánchez Navarro

4 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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