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225 students register for Consell's Catalan courses

foto 2020 cursos catala 2The Formentera Language Advisory Service reports that 225 islanders have signed up to take part in Catalan-language courses that began this week.

During a ten-day period of early enrolment that started 15 September, 225 requests came in from islanders wishing to follow language courses at the A2, B1, B2 or C1/C2 levels.

This year to ensure compliance with capacity limitations, morning classes will be split between the Escola d’Adults and Centre d’Esports Nàutics, opposite S’Estany des Peix in La Savina. As in previous years, afternoon and evening groups will meet in three classrooms of IES Marc Ferrer, the island’s secondary school.

All students and teachers must respect sanitary protocol, including but not limited to mandatory masks whilst in class, hand-washing with hand sanitiser upon entry and social distancing. Lessons will run 45 minutes with breaks after class used to air out rooms and disinfect furniture.

The courses are designed to help students prepare for the Balearic Office of Language Policy’s September 2021 round of official exams.

6 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

8 October, ‘Xerrades per a famílies’ returns to take on digital addictions

cartell 2020 xerrada per a fThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that 8 October will mark the return of the “Xerrades per a famílies” lecture series. Now in year three, “Family chats” benefits from the collaboration of the Association of Mothers and Fathers (Amipa) and the Federation of Parents and Pupils’ Associations (Fapa).

In the first lecture, cybersecurity specialist and speaker on cybersecurity solutions Lluís Mulero will make sense of cybersecurity and defending against digital addictions. The event starts at 5.00pm in Centre d’Esports Nàutics training room (aula de formació) in La Savina.

According to social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez, “‘Xerrades per a famílies’ are geared towards preventing problematic behaviour and supporting local families and educational staff”. Aside from tweaks to bring the lectures in line with pandemic protocol, Ramírez insisted the guiding principle remained unchanged: “As spaces where information can be shared and learning fostered, these talks aim to improve the educational process and shape strategies to promote children’s integral development”.

Tips on managing screen time at home
In addition to leading seminars in schools and institutions, Mulero is also the author of habitoscibersaludables.com, a blog where sharing best practices and tips for screen time. Sunday’s talk will offer strategies and resources to help attendees tackle screen addictions, set and stick to time limits, protect children from dangerous content and offer safeguards against cyberbullying.

Screen addiction constitutes a serious problem the  knock-on effects of which, far from simply an impaired ability to socialise, can impact academic performance. Twenty per cent of young people are thought to be affected, and the condition has ramifications that follow sufferers later in life. Known as “vamping”, technology-related disruption of rest and sleep has become one of the leading reasons for early school leaving.

Each of the “Xerrades per a famílies” sessions will take place at the CENF in La Savina. Capacity is limited and spaces can be reserved by emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or phoning 971.32.12.71.

2 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Nursery group stays home after family member’s positive test

The Formentera Department of Education reports that a group of children at Escoleta Camí Vell were sent home and asked to isolate after news came that a family member of one of their classmates had tested positive for Covid-19 subsequent to participation in the school’s adaptation period. Health authorities consider contact between nursery-age classmates close. Indeed, such groups are treated the same as stable “cohabitation units”, meaning their members do not wear masks and it is assumed safe physical distancing is not always possible.

Administrative staff at the early learning centre have been in lock-step collaboration with the division of the Eivissa-Formentera health department that is in charge of coordinating around coronavirus issues. Affected families have been notified of the change by the school’s administration. Meanwhile, health authorities have announced protocol and will be following the development of the Covid-19 patient and their contacts.

Thanking families for their collaboration, education chief Susana Labrador said the present case offered a prime example of how keeping schools informed is essential to curbing spread of the virus. She also urged other families at Formentera schools to remain calm: “We knew situations like this one could happen, and what’s most important now is that we respect public health protocol and quarantine orders. That’s what will ensure spread of the virus is minimal”.

29 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

102 children start 2020-2021 school year at Formentera “escoletes”

foto 2020 inici curs escoletes 1The Formentera Department of Education reports that the island’s early-childhood learning centres, or escoletes, welcomed 102 children back to classrooms today for the 2020-2021 school year. Thirty-three professionals, including instructors and support staff, are responsible for the 24 one to three year olds at Escoleta des Camí Vell and the 78 children from infants to age three at Escoleta de Sa Miranda. Both schools employ additional cooking and cleaning staff.

Culture consellera Susana Labrador applauded workers’ efforts in view of “the extremely complicated situation we’re all enduring”. She said that “spirit, passion and professionalism all go into making our escoletes as safe as possible during the pandemic”, and highlighted the importance of making the centres “warm and fun places for kids as well”.

New entry points
Staff at Sa Miranda have set up five separate entrances and children will enter classrooms by age group. Children at Es Camí Vell will use one of two entrances when they arrive, and pick-up and drop-offs are staggered to minimise crowding.

Safety and hygiene measures
Instructors will keep themselves and others safe by wearing masks and following other health measures, and classrooms and toys will be cleaned once a day. “Bubble groups” will ensure that children from different classes don’t mix or share spaces.

School hours and services
The school day, including early-morning arrivals, normal class time and cafeteria service, goes from 7.30am to 2.30pm. Organisational and logistical difficulties mean that nap time will no longer be offered.

14 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

In run-up to Jan. 2021 exams, Consell offers ten Catalan courses, levels A2–C2

cartell 2020 cursos catalaThe Language Advisory Service of the Consell de Formentera has teed up ten sets of courses from the A2 to C2 level to help students prepare for the next official round of Catalan language exams expected in January 2021.

Lessons begin 5 and 6 October and registration runs from tomorrow 15 September to the 25th. Enrolment can be completed online on the OVAC (Virtual Citizen Information Office, https://ovac.conselldeformentera.cat) or in person at Carrer Ramon Llull, 6, in Sant Francesc. In-person appointments must be scheduled online or by calling 971 32 10 87 between 3.30pm and 8.30pm.

Free courses, limited space and preventive actions
The ten cohorts include four beginners’ groups (A2), two B1, two B2 and two C1-C2 level groups (C1 and C2 groups are mixed). Public health constraints mean that this year space will be limited and students may not participate in more than one course at a time. Individuals who have completed enrolment will receive a confirmation e-mail before the start of lessons, expected to take place the first week of October. Classes are free.

Raquel Guasch, who heads the department responsible for normalising Catalan use, described pandemic-driven protocol as “crucial” to continuing to organise courses in promotion of the local language. In 2019 a total of 210 islanders signed up to take the free language courses from the Consell de Formentera.

15 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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