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In online plenary, Formentera Youth Participatory Council hears concerns of young islanders

foto 2020 ple infancia 3This morning Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and youth services councillor Vanessa Parellada chaired an online plenary session of the island’s Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut (Youth Participatory Council) with attendees from CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques and CEIP El Pilar de la Mola.

President Ferrer described the previous year as one marked by the coronavirus crisis, applauding children and youth for exemplary action during the toughest moments of lockdown, and telling them to expect an unusual Christmas 2020. “We adults are going to keep looking to you as examples, like when schools reopened”, she said. “Here’s to sharing hugs again in 2021”, she added.

Ferrer also gave an overview of the 2021 budget, underscoring assistance for families and businesses and funding for construction projects like the new Sant Ferran school and escoleta, a seniors’ home, a park in Sant Ferran and a skate and fitness park in Sant Francesc — something she assured was “high on Formentera young people’s wishlist”.

Attendees watched a video from the sixth Congreso Estatal on 23 and 24 October, an event which saw collaboration from two Formentera schoolchildren. Next, participants ran through a list of concerns with regard to the environment, equality, solidarity, education and participation. The officials took note and committed to addressing the issues.

24 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Four Formentera children take part in 9th Balearic Youth Parliament

foto 2020 ple infanciaOn this, World Children’s Day (20 November), four members of the Formentera Youth Participatory Council joined young people from across the region for the ninth assembly of the Balearic Islands’ Youth Parliament. The session was held online and found participants sharing conclusions from work on the Sustainable Development Goals for health and the environment. Formentera’s representatives at the gathering included one child from CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, two from CEIP Sant Ferran and one from CEIP El Pilar.

Youth department councillor Vanessa Parellada sat for the session too, and highlighted participants’ unity behind measures to press government to keep working towards sustainability; build awareness around reducing consumption and waste, and invest in clean energy. Attendees agreed on the importance of potable water and using it responsibly, and called for a firm commitment to sustainable mobility, electric vehicles and cycling. Children in participatory councils across the region considered what life will be like ten years from now, imagining possible scenarios and weighing proposals for a sustainable route to 2030.

Youth plenary on Formentera, 24 November
On Tuesday 24 November, the Consell de Formentera will host another online assembly, this time of the island’s Participatory Youth Council. The PYC’s twice yearly full-house sessions aim to promote the active involvement of Formentera’s children and youth —fully capable of thought and expression— in local policy.

20 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera begins build of skating and fitness park

foto 2020 obres skate 1The Consell de Formentera announces that work will begin today, World Children’s Day, to build a 2,727-sq.-metre skate and fitness park along the Sant Francesc ring road. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-April.

The skate park will comprise one circuit for traditional skateboarding, one for “street” skating and another bowl-shaped structure. The space will also feature a fitness circuit for the elderly and green areas devoted to leisure. The project is expected to cost €482,723.

Youth services councillor Vanessa Parellada asserted that local youngsters not only widely supported the plans, but collaborated in their design too. “We’re thrilled to finally see the park get off the ground”, she said, enumerating perks like the park’s “snug fit into its surroundings, a walking path and universally accessibility. Our hope is that many different segments of the island will enjoy the space and interact here.”

Infrastructure councillor Josep Marí gave details about the 285-sq.-metre fitness circuit for the elderly, which will include assorted exercise machines and a rest area.

Free of obstacles, the 255-sq.-metre traditional skate park will be bordered on all sides by low concrete barrier delimiting the skating area and doubling as a bench.

Approximating the kind of street furniture traditionally found in parks and public squares, a nearby 238-sq.-metre section will feature obstacles like ramps, benches, platforms, railings and steps that are typical to “street” skate parks. The concrete will be polished by craftsmen.

The star feature of the fitness area will a 617-sq.-metre “bowl” modality: a raised platform with swimming pool-shaped indentations of 2.5 to 3.75 metres deep and 2.4- to 3.3-metre radii. The “bowl” will be surrounded by a green garden area featuring shaded spaces, benches and a walking path.

20 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates children’s day with wide-ranging activities for tykes and teens

cartell 2020 dia infanciaThe Formentera Department of Youth reports that a full calendar of programming has been teed up for the month ahead to commemorate the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and World Children’s Day on 20 November.

Youth and childhood councillor Vanessa Parellada said Covid-19 meant organisational efforts faced an uphill climb — a challenge that was overcome thanks to coordination across the youth, sports, culture, social welfare and equality departments. “The idea was to give local youngsters a chock-a-block activities bill to celebrate their day”, the councillor explained. “Kids were the first ones affected by the pandemic, so this year the organisational effort wasn’t just about adapting to public health measures, it was about really tailoring activities especially for kids.”

First on the calendar is a Wednesday 4 November viewing of a talk from Carles Capdevila on humour in childrearing. An acclaimed journalist and communicator, Capdevila writes and speaks from personal experience about the power of humour in parenting.

Wednesday screenings continue two weeks straight with David Trueba’s “A mi yo adolescente: generaciones” followed by Mar Romera’s “Las emociones no se aprenden, hay que vivirlas”. Set at the Casal de Joves, screenings start at 6.30pm and seek to help young people manage their emotions and navigate school and the adolescent years.

Lectures, congresses and conferences
Another standout feature of the programme —and parents and children’s chance to improve their relationships, ask questions, and share educational tips— are the lectures. First up is a talk with therapist Ana Serra about the importance of promoting children’s autonomy and how to do it with ease. The event starts at 5.00pm, Thursday 5 November, in the Consell de Formentera Sala d’Actes. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or phoning 971 32 12 71.

6 November marks the return to Eivissa and Formentera of Proyecto Juntos’ “Vívete”. As the congress celebrates its fourth year, Toni Nadal, who trained Rafa Nadal from the start of his career to 2017, leads a reflection on attitudes, values and emotions. A naturalist, professional adventurer and conference speaker, Nacho Dean was the first person to walk and swim round the world in a bid to spotlight the importance of planetary conservation. Mery Oca explores the dangers of Instagram. Leukemia and Covid-19 survivor Luis Daniel Martin will contribute too. Conceived for youth in general and secondary school pupils in particular, the congress can be followed online.

24 November, Yolanda Domínguez will share insight into how changing the world means changing the images around us. Analysing the images that characterise today’s media, Domínguez will also hold out examples of some of her own visual actions. The event will take shape in Centre d’Esports Nàutics at 7.00pm.

Family-friendly production
From 6.00pm on Saturday 14 November, children three and up are encouraged to check out La Tartana Teatro’s “Soñando a Pinocho” at Sala de Cultura. Reservations must be made before 10.00am on Friday 13 November by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

Children’s parliament
For World Children’s Day on 20 November, youth council participants on Formentera and across the region are invited to join the ninth Balearic Youth Parlament (Parlament Infantil i Juvenil). For this year’s virtual event, groups will share conclusions from their work on Sustainable Development Goals related to health and the environment.

Children’s plenary
Participants of Formentera’s youth council have another November event to look forward to: the group’s twice yearly full-house assembly. The sessions are intended to promote the active involvement of Formentera’s children and youth —fully capable thinking and expressing beings— in municipal policies. The date of the assembly is pending.

Other family-friendly leisure and sport
The Casal de Joves and Formentera Marxa have teamed up with the Escola de Vela to invite families on a day of cycling and sailing. Advance reservations are required  (casal@conselldeformentera.cat).

From 7.00pm on 23 November, ‘Ajuntament Vell’ exhibition space welcomes Yolanda Domínguez’s “Little Black Dress” — a reflection on on gender and social consciousness, a critical look at the representation of women in fashion and an invitation to embrace diversity.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women happens 25 November, and the day’s programme starts at 4.30pm with a batucada drum performance from Bloco Colubraria in Plaça de la Constitució. Rally, manifesto and production of “A Rapist in Your Path” to follow.

Closing out the month-long activities bill is a Formentera Divers-hosted “try dive” for families. The dive happens 28 November in the municipal pool and advance reservations are required (poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat).

3 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Aiming for eco-awareness, new Casal de Joves mural reminds islanders to ‘respect nature’

foto 2020 mural casal jovesThe Formentera Department of Youth reports that local resident Viking Fader has emblazoned the wall opposite the Casal de Joves facade with a mural under the tagline “RESPECT NATURE”. From today, Friday 14 August, the piece will be illuminated every night until one a.m.

Viking Fader said the goal of the piece was to promote environmental artistic practices capable of merging skill acquisition, awareness and active involvement in environmental solutions and outreach.

Users of the island’s youth drop-in centre pitched in too, lending a hand with creative tasks involved in fashioning the mural’s lower section. The artist described the initiative as part of an effort to “build interest, awareness and team spirit around ecological engagement”.

14 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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