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Formentera's youth council

foto consell-infanciaThis week members of the island's youth participatory council, the Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut, congregated for the group's second plenary session of the 2017-2018 school year. Social welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada was there to welcome attendees, who represented primary and secondary schools of the island, and give a sneak peek at the proposals, still in the draft phase, that arose from the participation-driven process of Formentera's strategy on young people, and which will face scrutiny by the island's coalition of community leaders, the Consell d'Entitats.

From tackling wasteful water use and advocating renewable energies, through safeguarding posidonia meadows and preserving s'Estany des Peix, to regulating boats that anchor on the local seaboard and promoting recycling, measures tabled by the youngsters had one thing in common: the environment.

Saluting the youngsters on the measures they had floated, the secretary affirmed they slotted neatly in the Council's own sustainability model, calling it “a shame some of these didn't make it on the agenda at the recent “state of Formentera” debates.

Evening of rap and traditional song at Casal de Joves

Foto cartel tarda rap glosadorsThis Friday, one of Formentera's most entrenched musical traditions will go toe to toe with hip-hop at the inaugural edition of an evening that pairing local glosadors with rappers.

Put together between the Marià Villangómez library, the Casal de Joves and the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear, the event was concocted as a way to bridge generational divides by using the power of the word. Though outwardly dissimilar, the two forms of art have a great deal in common.

Organisers say they hope the intergenerational event highlights possible parallels between rap, a staple of younger generations, and a form known as glosa, which has been passed down and kept alive over the aeons.

Scheduled to take part are glosadors Pep of ca n'Andreu, Vicent Jeroni, Francisca Torres of can Pep Simon and rappers Kelevra, El Puerta, Elian C. and, on guitar, Mus.

The event will take place Friday, March 23 at 6.30pm in the Casal de Joves.

This Saturday, Formentera welcomes Diverespai back to the island

Diverespai formentera 2016The social welfare and youth services department of the Formentera Council reports that starting this Saturday, December 16, Diverespai is back on the island. The 2017 edition of Diverespai will run December 16-20, from 9.30am to 1.30pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm. For three mornings starting December 18 the park will be reserved for local schools.

As social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada put it, “if you are a child aged three to twelve, Diverespai is one of the best parts of Christmas”. Visitors to the installation, which is located in the courtyard of Marc Ferrer high, will not only find an assortment of activities and inflatable toys, they will also find a team of supervising adults.

Giant blow-up castles, animals and shapes adorned with staircases, nets and obstacles are arrayed across the park while attendants propose guided play, face-painting and arts and crafts.

Highlighting the role of those same on-site helpers, Parellada described Diverespai as somewhere “children can learn to play for the fun of it—where they can flex their imaginations and creativity through play.”

Youth plenary session

Foto ple infancia 2017When participants of the Children's and Youth Participatory Council met today in the hall of ceremonies of the Formentera Council for their plenary assembly, the group appointed delegates from the island's trio of primary schools and high school. The council members in training retraced a November 20 “kids' parliament” session of the Balearic legislature focussing on two objectives from the 2030 Agenda: renewable energy and marine flora and fauna. Afterward youth services secretary Vanessa Parellada recounted developments in some of the petitions put forward in past plenaries.

Formentera celebrates children's day with month-long programme of sports, culture, fun and education

Foto presentacio cartell mes de la infanciaVanessa Parellada, Jordi Vidal and Mónica Rey sat down today to announce details about the programme of events for Universal Children's Day. The island's secretaries of social welfare and sports and the Office of Youth Services' staff specialist gave a sense of what to expect on 20 November. For the past two years, the day has entailed a range of activities for children and teens on the island. It bears remembering that Formentera has been designated a Child Friendly City since 2014.

Sports-related activities
First up, on Saturday, the Council will invite years five and six of the island's primary schools and local highschoolers to watch SD Formentera and RCD Mallorca face off from a youth area set up in the stands of the municipal football pitch. Secretary Vidal reminded residents that admission to the match will be free for youth under 12 and encouraged them to come out for the event. The sports don't stop there. Sunday, November 5, a family sports day will be put on at the Antoni Blanc fitness centre so residents can learn about the centre's programme and facilities. Then, the municipal pitch will host another round of sports days, this time during school hours, and November 27 an aerial acrobatics show will be staged from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the sports facilities of Marc Ferrer secondary school (Poliesportiu Vell).

Children's parliament
On November 20, representatives of Formentera's youth participatory council, or CPIJF, will take part in a session of parliament designed for children and titled “What kind of world do we want to live in? Looking at the Agenda 2030”. The day's session is presented by UNICEF with additional support from the Balearic Islands' office for the defence of the rights of minors. Then, November 29, the CPIJF will hold its own plenary session.

Theatre and shows
The first stage production will take place October 30. The Camut Band's “Big Drums” is for the student body of Marc Ferrer high school. Another theatre group, Xoc, will arrive on November 17 ready to present Formentera crowds with two shows: “Improaventures” will unfold in the Marià Villangómez library at 6.00pm and “Improxoc” in the Casal de Joves at 7.30pm. November 24 will be marked by a stage production dubbed “El molinet màgic” (The magic mill) in Formentera's cinema. The very next day at 6.00pm, cinema audiences can see Engruna Teatre's “Codi Postal 00,” part of the island's ninth festival of children's theatre.

Organised talks
Two talks for parents and teachers have also been included on the Universal Children's Day programme. The first, Una altra forma de relacionar-nos és possible (“Another way of communicating is possible”), will be led by Elena Sorribes from el Sol free school at 7.00pm in the Casal de Joves. The second is called Ciberassetjament (“Cyberbullying”), and will be given by IB Jove's Ajo Monzó at the same time and place.

Then, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm on November 9, a gymkhana has been organised to educate Formentera residents about issues facing minors with disabilities. More gymkhanas, including sports activities and fitness drills, are also scheduled for 5.00pm on November 16, 23 and 30. The activities will play out in the courtyard of Sant Ferran's primary school with the help of Formentera's youth counsellors.

Saturday, November 11 at 6.00pm, Íker Reyes will lead a cooking workshop in the Casal de Joves. On November 25, youngsters of the island are invited to come out for a bike ride aimed at promoting healthy habits. Register in advance at the Casal de Joves.

All November long, children of the island will have an opportunity to engage with patients of Formentera's elderly care centre in an intergenerational space.

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