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Formentera youth celebrate Christmas holidays

foto xii019 casal 2The youth office of the Consell de Formentera unveiled details today about the Casal de Joves’ December programming calendar. Starting things off at 5.00pm this Saturday, 7 December, is a calisthenics strength-building circuit and demonstration by Lenny Muller.

The Casal will host its Wednesday movie night on 11 December. Film fans are welcome to come cosy up on the couch and make themselves at home. Popcorn will be served. At 6.00pm on Thursday and Friday, the holiday programme already well under way, the Casal will be the scene of two Christmas decoration workshops. Head of the youth department Vanessa Parellada said this year’s programme was about giving “the young people of Formentera more options for enjoying these important holidays”.

Youth and holidays
Youngsters will be treated to a visit from the royal pages at schools Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 December. A day later, Fridays for Future marches resume and so does the 4.00pm street dance demonstration in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució. On Saturday, 28 December, the Casal hosts a 6.00pm cooking workshop on buckwheat crêpes and homemade cacao cream.

Geared towards children and teens, Diverespai’s mix of activities and bouncy toys has its yearly run in the Marc Ferrer High School gymnasium Saturday 14 December to Wednesday 18 December.

Diverespai will be open from 9.30am to 1.30pm and again from 4.00pm to 8.00pm (except on Wednesday, when closing time is 7.00pm). “We hope it’s a hit”, said Consellera Parellada. “For a lot of kids on the island, Diverespai is the part of Christmas they’re most excited about”.

5 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Youth gather for first plenary of legislative term

ple-infa--ncia-i-joventutjpEarlier today members of the Youth Participatory Council (Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut) met in the Sala d'Actes of local government. Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer chaired the session, with the island's Department of Youth consellera sitting in as deputy chairwoman. Pupils from Formentera's three primary schools —Mestre Lluís Andreu, Sant Ferran de ses Roques and El Pilar de la Mola— make up the CPIJ's constituent members.

The children started with an overview of their classmates' petitions to Formentera's government. Among the more notable were upgrades in children's parks, public transport, renewable energy and recycling, and issues impacting the everyday lives of local children and young people.

President Ferrer made note of the suggestions and announced that based on requests brought forth at past plenary sittings of the CPIJ, crews will soon start work on a skatepark. With the necessary land already lined up, construction will also begin shortly on children's park in Sant Ferran. "What's exciting about gatherings like today's is that youth are taking part in the decision-making process of local government", pointed out President Ferrer, assuring members of the plenary "we've heard you, and the work starts today".

The young people described their experiences on World Children's Day, 20 November, when they took part in the full-house sitting of the Balearic Parlament. Local heads of commerce, education and culture, and sport, Ana Juan, Susana Labrador and Paula Ferrer, respectively, were also present at the encounter. The CPIJ convenes for two yearly sessions.

26 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera youth to join “Fridays for Future” and global climate strike

cartell-fff1The Consell de Formentera's youth and environment offices are teeing up politically-oriented action to dovetail with Fridays for Future activities at the close of the week. Part of the September programme at the Casal de Joves, “No és una crisi del planeta, és una crisi de la humanitat” (The crisis isn't the planet's, the crisis is humankind's) signals a continuation of earlier bids to support the worldwide youth movement to halt climate change.

The Friday programme will overlap with the global climate strike and related demonstrations round the globe. From 6.30pm in Sant Francesc, islanders can check out kid-friendly workshops and a murals exhibit put together with Formentera Marxa. At 7.30pm, local climate champions can catch a screening of the documentary «Consciencia’t i actua» (Get smart and take action), not to mention a video about the path that rubbish travels on Formentera, and can pick up informational brochures as well.

Taking the stage at 8.30pm, IMPROXOC will illuminate the climate crisis while partner groups like CleanWave, Plastic Free Formentera and Qué Celeste Festival man educational stands spotlighting the importance of sound environmental practices. Participating children and youth will be treated to snacks. This and other actions are aimed at raising awareness while children are still young about the importance of local and global sustainability.

25 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Crash course in 'urban dance' for kids and teens

dansa-urbana-cartell1The Consell de Formentera Youth Services department announces an intensive course on street dance for local youth will be held on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th . The Casal de Joves-sponsored event is open to 10- to 13-year-olds from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, and for youth 14 and up from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and again from 8.30pm to 10.00pm.

From 10.30pm on the 26th, as part of Sant Jaume festival day celebrations and Nit Jove—a night of dance specially tuned for younger islanders—participants in the free-for-Casal-members crash course will give a demonstration in plaça de la Constitució. Signups for Intensiu de Dansa Urbana are open to old and new members of the Casal, and islanders who wish to join can process their Casal membership application the same day as registration in the course.

19 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Nautical sports centre and skate park hold spotlight as youth gather for plenary assembly

foto 2018 consell joventut 4The Formentera Council's Sala de Plens played host today to the plenary assembly of the local youth participatory council (Consell de Participació de la Infànicia i la Joventut). CiF chairman Jaume Ferrer welcomed the pupils of three public schools who make up the council, and introduced them to members of the administration also in attendance.

Immediately afterwards, participants saw a UNICEF video of highlights from the sixth edition of the Balearic Islands Parlament Infantil programme and containing an overview of the environmental proposals that, in 2017, responded to the question: “What kind of world do we want to live in? Looking ahead to the Agenda 2030”. Children also saw a snippet of video showing Formentera's representatives at this year's session as they shared ideas about eradicating violence. After the video, members of the Formentera's representatives at Parlament gave their comrades a report of their experiences.

Next on the agenda was an evaluation by children in the youth council of the senior CiF secretaries' handling of the issues raised at past plenary assemblies—both improvements already executed or those awaiting completion.

To that extent, infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafa González gave a presentation about the current outlook for a project to build a skate park.

González gave a detailed picture, images included, of assorted nooks in the planned park, like distinct areas for skateboarders and rollerbladers and a special exercise equipment space especially for senior citizens. He spoke about the permit process anticipating actual the actual build and responded to clarifying questions from the assembly. He also teased a tentative start date for the four-month works project: after summer.

Next up, sports secretary Jordi Vidal gave updates on the currently under-construction Nautical Sports Centre and shared images of the range of spaces the Centre comprises. Vidal, for his part, alluded to the possibility the facility would be open as early as the start of 2019. Assembly members put questions to Vidal once his presentation was through.

Then came a turn for general questions, which were fielded alternately by senior CiF secretaries and chairman Ferrer.

At that point, youngsters posed pointed questions about the eco punt recycling bins, including a reflection on whether or not it was necessary to reward recycling with points.

The second biannual assembly of Formentera's Consell de Participació de la Infànicia i la Joventut also featured questions about the timeline for completion of the new Sant Ferran school, animal cruelty (abandoned dogs), capping the number of incoming vehicles on the island, concerns about the large number of watercraft which moor on Formentera's coast and the importance of keeping beaches clean.

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