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Close of summer school, Council's catalogue of sports camps

Atletisme divertit fotoThe Formentera Council's Office of Youth Services wishes to announce that tomorrow, August 31, will be the last day of the island's summer school programme at the Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Mola primary schools. In total, 170 children took part in the July and August initiative—Escola d'Estiu 2017—along with 21 youth workers and one programme director.

End-of-summer bashes were being staged today at the three schools, giving parents a chance to visit and see photo slideshows documenting their children's summertime activities. Other activities sought to spice up the final day with things like on-stage performances and dance routines. For the final day of programming tomorrow, all summer school participants will go on an outing to Cavall den Borràs beach. For two months, the summer school's organisers put together activities for kids from 3 to 14 (born between 2003 and 2013). Activities took place Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm plus early-start option from 8.00am.

The goal, according to the administration's social welfare and youth secretary, was to “create a recreational and educational space for boys and girls in summer”, promoting the “intelligent use of free time and providing options for working families”. The secretary drew a correlation between very high rates of summertime employment and childcare needs.

Sports camps
Two sports camps, coordinated by the CiF Office of Sport, were part of an effort to extend summertime options for the island's youngest. One of them, dubbed “Athletics is fun” (Campus d'Atletisme divertit) and home to 42 runners in training ages three to six, also ends tomorrow. That end-of-summer celebration will take the form of a water party at the municipal pool. Guided by four youth workers and one aide, camp participants participated in explorations of motor skills, crafts, swimming, healthy living habits and the plastic arts.

The Council organised a synchronised swimming camp too, which was open to children born between 2003 and 2012 and ultimately provided acro sport, motor skills, dance, theatre and swimming activities to 103 children. Those activities, which conclude September 12, have been made possible thanks to the work of eight youth workers and one volunteer. Children in that programme took to the municipal cinema to put on their end-of-summer show last Saturday.

At summer schools and sports camps, 315 Formentera children in Council programmes this summer

Foto escola estiuThe Formentera Council's Office of Youth Services has reported on the start of the 2017 Escola d'Estiu, the summer learning programme held at the island's three public primary schools (Mestre Lluís Andreu, Sant Ferran and la Mola). One-hundred seventy children are enrolled in the programme, which is run by a staff of 21 youth workers and one head director.

Activities are devised for children aged 3 to 14 (born between 2003 and 2013). The programme unfolds weekdays in July and August from 9.00am to 2.00pm with early start available from 8.00am. The assorted activities programme will focus alternately on arts and crafts, fitness, games, music, dance, theatre and cooking. There will also be field trips to the beach and other outings like swimming.

The goal, says social welfare and youth services councillor Vanessa Parellada, is to create “a fun and educational space where children can spend summer and learn how to make productive use of their free time”. She also pointed to the importance, particularly on Formentera, “of being able to offer a resource for parents juggling work and family”.

Sports camps
The Council's Office of Sport is piloting two sports camps as a summertime option for young people. One of the two, synchronised swimming, is geared toward children born between 2003 and 2012. The 103 registered youth will get a taste of acrobatic gymnastics, cognitive and physical development, dance, theatre and synchronised swimming. The programme, which runs through summer's end, is managed by eight staffers and one volunteer.

The second of the two Council-backed summer programmes is an athletics camp. Forty-two children aged three to six will explore a host of topics, including cognitive and physical development, crafts, swimming for leisure, healthy habits and art. Classes, which began earlier this week, end on August 31 and are overseen by four staffers and one health and safety assistant.

Creative youth behind clips for Formentera Film

Foto grup taller for filmThis week, Formentera Art's Arturo Bandinelli is heading up a film production workshop for 12 youth aged 13 to 18. Signups were held through the Formentera Council's social centre for young people, the Casal de Joves.

Participants have set out to produce a music video for an original song by Juan Camilo Puerta, an 18-year-old resident of Formentera and rapper. The song's lyrics—a meditation on life on an island like Formentera—are set to an instrumental track by Eivissa-native Pedro Peter. The recording was made by MP MUSIC EIVISSA's Can Sabina Estudi.

The clip will be screened at Formentera Film, a festival of shorts, documentaries and video art from around the world that kicks off May 18 at 8.30pm in la Mola's main square. The remainder of the affair will take place in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució May 19–21.

Youth centre celebrates tenth year

Casal 9The Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare and Youth Services announced today its programme for the Casal de Jove's tenth anniversary celebration. Friday March 31 marks ten years since Es Molí social centre opened its doors and, with it, the island's gathering space for children and teens.

Department chair Vanessa Parellada described the Casal de Joves (Catalan for “youth house”) as young people's source for both recreation and education over the last ten years. According to Parellada, the goal, helped along rules and qualified staff, was to create a leisure space where youngsters could learn to socialise and coexist with their peers. It has since become a yardstick for youth services, she says. The councillor pointed to a document billed as the island's “youth plan” that is currently being prepared in concert with Formentera youth to ensure the centre's continued ability to adapt to the needs of its users.

The party starts Thursday March 30 at the Casal with a foosball session, 4.30 to 6.30pm, to be followed by a slideshow with photos and video footage of the Casal's alumni since 2007. At 8.30pm free snacks and birthday cake will be offered in the spirit of celebration and from 9.00 to 10.00pm there will be music and karaoke.

For the big day, March 31, an array of all-ages activities will kick off at 5.00pm in Jardí de ses Eres, with storytelling from Xènia and Siri (“Les mil aventures del Pirata pedorreta i Carlota l'aventurera”) to get the ball rolling. Next up, Casal staff will lead two workshops—urban dance at 6.00pm and voice at 7.00—before Edgar Vilamajo guides attendees through an initiation to graffiti at 8.30. Finally, from 10.00pm till 2.00am, local performers El puerta, Elian.C, Reiminem and Juan Vidal will provide musical entertainment.

The Casal's birthday festivities are part of the Formentera Council's ten year anniversary celebration.

In response to Formentera youth, Council to build skateboard park in early 2017

foto ple de la infancia i joventutFormentera's youth participation council met today and celebrated their plenary session in the administration's plenary hall. Formentera Council (CiF) president Jaume Ferrer was there to welcome the 28 pupils from the island's three primary schools and secondary school that the youth council comprises. An intervention followed from the youth participation council's vice president, Vanessa Parellada, in which she spoke about the activities organised in support of World Children's Day.

Parellada, who in addition to her other functions is Formentera's councillor of social welfare and youth services, gave her take on improvements that followed proposals in past plenaries. Namely, she highlighted efforts by the CiF Office of Festivities to incorporate activities geared toward young people in events the administration hosts. Parellada spoke about a project now in development to build a skate park, as per requests from local youth. She told meeting participants that the new park could be expected as soon as early 2017. Parellada also reported on the opening of a children's park at the Sant Ferran school, something that until now had not existed. The park is staffed by CiF employees Monday through Saturday from 4.30 to 7.00pm and the site is used to stage youth activities, a push intended to revitalise the area.

Other members of the meeting, several of whom recently participated in the Balearic Islands' youth parliament, reported on their experience and the travails of refugees, especially children. Among other things, the Formentera youth were keen to learn of the grants offered by the Council as well as developments regarding the creation of the island's future nautical sports centre.

The youth council began to convene its plenary sessions three years ago and since then the gatherings have taken place twice annually. Formentera, classed as a Child-friendly City under UNICEF, was visited today by one of the organisation's reps, whose tasks consist in ensuring full protection of children's rights.

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