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Formentera puts up €117K in student aid to offset insularity and Covid crisis fallout

The Formentera Department of Education is pleased to report that individuals enrolled in school off the island and those completing studies in higher education can now apply for financial aid. Applicants have till 8 September to send their requests to the Citizen Information Office [OAC] or the Virtual Citizen Information Office [OVAC]. Forms and details about the aid are available on the Consell de Formentera website, and specific inquiries can be directed here.

According to education chief Susana Labrador, Formentera’s government hopes to offset the drawbacks, once and twice compounded, which were endured by islanders who were studying off the island during the 2020-2021 school year. She also highlighted brand-new assistance for students who faced economic hardship as a result of the coronavirus crisis. All told, €80,000 will be available to the following individuals:

- Students enrolled in an academic programme on Eivissa or distance learning at a university
(maximum individual award: €150).
- Students enrolled in an academic programme outside the Pine Islands
(maximum individual award: €500).
- Students enrolled in in-person learning off the island and whose families faced economic hardship in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis
(maximum individual award provided economic and academic conditions are met: €1,000).

Student aid for higher education
The island’s government also provides help for residents who were enrolled in a higher education programme during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. “Again, we’ve opened up emergency assistance for students left over a barrel by Covid-19”, said Labrador. She said the point of the aid was to offset the “double and triple insularity” faced by local participants in higher education, technical certification programmes, vocational training, post-secondary studies and art programmes which are not offered on Formentera. All told, €37,500 will be available in the following three categories:

1 – Higher ed programmes in 2019-2020 (ten €1,250 grants).
2 – Higher ed programmes in 2020-2021 (ten €1,250 grants).
3 – Emergency Covid-19 assistance in 2020-2021 (ten €1,250 grants).

Applications will be accepted at the OAC Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 2.00pm, and Thursdays between 4.0opm and 6.00pm. They may also be submitted electronically on the OVAC (located here).

The current aid package follows two other lines of assistance that were announced earlier in the month for students and schools. That assistance totalled €60,000 and went to support a recycled textbook and teaching material programme and an initiative to facilitate digitisation and computer purchases.

27 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Three groups at Sa Miranda sent home as instructor tests positive

The Consell de Formentera reports that an instructor at Escoleta Sa Miranda has tested positive for Covid-19. In accordance with Educovid public health protocol, a group of newborns and two groups of 1 to 2 year olds will stay home from school starting today.

Affected families were contacted by phone and informed of the developments yesterday. Instructions on stay-at-home measures, protocol and tests will be passed on directly to families and staff by Educovid’s health services.

26 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘We’re artists’ theme as summer camp programme kicks off

foto 2021 escola estiuThe Formentera Department of Youth is pleased to report that the municipal summer camp programme got under way on Thursday 1 July with the theme “Som artistes” (We’re artists). Two hundred seven 3 to 12 year olds signed up to take part in Escola d’Estiu 2021, which will play out in the three schools of Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola.

“It’s about offering alternative leisure and educational activities for the island’s school-age boys and girls, while helping households strike a work-life balance”, explained department chief Vanessa Parellada.

The councillor thanked local families for their trust in the service, not least considering that for the second year running, the summer programme will be held in line with health and safety protocol stemming from covid-19. Parellada also praised the team of two directors and twenty-two activity leaders “for their dedication to ensuring the school is adapted to kids’ needs”.

This year as last, tuition help exists for families affected by the coronavirus crisis. The Escola d’Estiu is weekdays 8.00am to 2.30pm and runs until 31 August. Activities and logistics will be adapted to health and safety protocol.

5 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

New summer hours at Marià Villangómez library

The Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to announce that Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will observe summer hours Monday 5 July to Friday September 3. The library will open weekday mornings 10.00am to 2.00pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.

During opening hours, visitors can check out material or return it at the return box, get bibliographic information, make photocopies and print documents. There are also five computers available for web searches, work and study, one computer exclusively for web searches and twelve workstations in the reading room where visitors can study and use personal computers.

Printing
Documents can be sent for printing to reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat . Printed material may be collected during normal hours subject to confirmation by library staff.

Technical assistance is also available at the computer lab on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Monday and Thursday afternoons.

The children’s room will be closed to the public, although visitors can request documents and/or DVDs by speaking with a librarian. The Sant Ferran reading room is closed until further notice.

For more information, please contact biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat or call 971 32 33 33 86.

1 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Open enrolment for Escola d’Estiu 2021

The Formentera Department of Youth is pleased to report that local families wishing to enrol young ones in one of the island’s summer camp programmes have from 4 to 13  June to complete registration. Escola d’Estiu registration can be completed on the Formentera OVAC (Virtual Citizen Information Office) or in person and by appointment at the OAC (Citizen Information Office).

The Consell de Formentera’s summer programme for ages three to twelve starts 1 July in the public schools of Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Mola. Priority will go to families for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, those at increased risk of social and economic hardship and those in which children are receiving special protective attention. As in the previous year, special tuition assistance is available for households particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Youth chief Vanessa Parellada voiced satisfaction at being able, year after year, to “help families reconcile work and family life, and provide an alternative source of leisure and education for local children”.

The Escola d’Estiu programme runs daily from 8.00am to 2.30pm. Activities and organisational structure will be adapted to public health safety protocol.


4 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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Av. de Pius Tur, s/n  · 07860
Sant Francesc · Formentera
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