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Formentera's gold medal recipients, APNEEF and APMIPTEA

apmiptea1For this year's Sant Jaume awards, the Formentera Council celebrates Esperanza Riera Riera, Vicent Serra Ferrer and la Mola business Can Pep Xomeu, plus bestows Antoni Taulé i Pujol with honorary 'adoptive son' title

This morning the Formentera Council convened a special plenary assembly to consider the candidates for the administration's honorary distinctions in 2018. The winners will be announced July 24 at 8.30pm in the local cinema (Sala de Cultura, Sant Francesc) as part of Diada de Formentera celebrations.

The assembly voted unanimously to award Formentera's gold medal, the Medalla d'Or, to two groups: the Eivissa-Formentera association for individuals with special needs (APNEEF) and the Pau Mayans association for the integration of people with autism spectrum disorder (APMIPTEA). In doing so they praised the efforts of “all those involved who have volunteered time and resources for people with special needs and those on the autism spectrum”, making extra mention of efforts in support of children and young people, including recognition of the key role such support plays in improving peoples' quality of life and —through care, education, rehabilitation and training— promoting integration. The importance of outreach was also highlighted.

Assembly members were united in their picks for recipients of the Sant Jaume premis: Esperanza Riera Riera, Vicent Serra Ferrer and Can Pep Xomeu.

Riera was applauded for her years in education, namely at la Mola's primary school, and for her efforts “to enrich and consolidate the public school system”. Special attention was focused on her work promoting one model in particular, the so-called “rural school”, with the assembly pointing to Formentera's geographical situation, and palpable “human side”, as some of the aspects making escoles rurals “snug fits for the island”, and ones which create “ample opportunities to explore values like tolerance, respect, solidarity and friendship”.

With a trajectory encompassing education and social work, and professional experience as an author, collaborator and consultant for multiple publications, Vicent Serra Ferrer was hailed as an “advocate of culture for the people” and celebrated for a laundry list of other titles, from committed champion of local history and early stakeholder in the project to build the island's secondary school, to founding member and sitting chairman of the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear and the municipal board of culture's first chairman.

In naming the island outfit to receive the Premi Sant Jaume, the honorary distinctions committee underscored the commercial entrepreneurialism of Can Pep Xomeu, describing them as “a presence on the local landscape, across the island and in la Mola in particular, going back more than a century”. “Can Pep Xomeu have watched as our island's society has evolved. They have done everything from transporting sundries and other material between Formentera and Eivissa to operating as grocers. They have witnessed the progression of Formentera's tourism boom, and lobbied for the creation of the island's first artisan market”.

The assembly also voted to give Antoni Taulé i Pujol the title of Formentera's fill adoptiu, that is, its honorary “adoptive son”. Born in Sabadell in 1945, Taulé i Pujol has kept the closest of ties with the island since the seventies, when the island was a mill of inspired artistic creation. Taulé i Pujol ultimately chose Formentera to launch himself fully into art, and it was here he developed an immensely personal pictorial language, one that was initially characterised by still lifes and imagery extending from the hyperrealistic to the oneiric, but that ensuing years would find delving into “space as the unclothed protagonist”, the light of the Mediterranean and mythology.

The individuals and groups honoured by the Formentera Council where picked by an “Honorary Distinctions Committee” made up of representatives from each of the local groups with seats in the plenary.

Formentera's Medalla d'Or and the Sant Jaume premis represent the administration's highest honour. They are celebrations of special achievements and the unique qualities embodied by people or groups who have helped improve island life or lend Formentera prestige on a distinctly human level.

Formentera unlocks €9k for reception and integration for immigrants

curs-escola-adults-immigrants1The social welfare department of the Formentera Council announces it will begin accepting applications from associations with ties to distinct regions, immigrant groups, and other not-for-profit entities which develop activities related to immigration or work directly with immigrants to develop programmes and strategies to promote immigrants' welcoming and integration.

The deadline for applications is July 9. Assistance will be granted on a competitive basis.

Associations interested in applying should contact the Council's social welfare department by calling 971 32 12 71.

Formentera funnels €45k to public health assistance

mans-de-majorsThe Formentera Council's social welfare office reports the start of the application period for assistance for local associations and not-for-profit groups creating social service programmes and strategies in 2018. The deadline for applications is July 9.

In total, the administration will unlock €45,000, eleven thousand more than last year.

The money will go to cover costs of programmes aimed at broadening Formentera's range of social and public health services.

Helping programmes that broaden Formentera's range of social and public health services, developing activities within associations and not-for-profit groups working in care and improving living conditions for dependent seniors, people with disabilities, mental disorders or other chronic ailments.

Candidates should contact Formentera's dependent care centre at 971 32 16 17.

Formentera, proud to fight for equality

hissada-bandera-lgtbi1Vanessa Parellada, the head of social welfare, sat down today with department specialist Azuzena Carrasco to talk about the Council's activities programme for the upcoming LGTBI pride celebrations on Thursday June 28.

Parellada traced the decision to celebrate the day as a moment of reflection to the Stonewall riots that gripped New York City in 1969, calling it “a time to spotlight universal values like equality, respect, diversity, freedom and non-discrimination”.

Activities
Trumpeting a catchphrase that translates as “Proud to fight for equality”, the activities programme kicks off on Wednesday June 27 with a 7.00pm storytelling session in the Sant Ferran primary school. In Contacotrans, Lalioparda highlights the strength of our differences as human beings while avoiding the classic division of masculine and feminine roles.

At 8.00pm on Thursday, the Sala d'Actes of the culture department will host a screening of the documentary Fuera de juego. In an ensuing discussion, a staff specialist from the local office of sport will explore homophobia in football and the conspicuous invisibility of gay footballers today.

At 10.00pm on Tuesday July 3, Sant Francesc's Jardi de ses Eres will be the site of an outdoor screening of Milk (Mi Nombre es Harvey Milk in Spanish”). Set in the nineteen-seventies, Gus Van Sant's politically-charged biopic tells the story of San Francisco's first openly-gay elected official, earning Oscar accolades for both Dustin Lance Black (best original screenplay) and Sean Penn (best actor).

Parellada and Carrasco encouraged islanders to come out in force for the event, calling the 28th “a day to fight for freedom with pride”.

Course on protecting children from sexual abuse

Foto xerrada paresThe local social welfare department has teamed up with Fundació RANA in putting together a course to help islanders put a stop to child sexual abuse.

Training at schools
For two days starting Wednesday, six- to eleven-year olds at the island's primary schools will receive the training. They will also attend a live-action performance of Isabel Olid's “Estela, crida molt fort!” (Estela, shout it out!), a reckoning with child molestation in which the author seeks to give young children tools to insure they are respected.

On a tour where stops span schools, libraries, nurseries and daycare providers, RANA hopes to use the tale to explain Estela's story and arm children with the skills to spot risky situations and take action accordingly.

Training for professionals
Wednesday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, the local cinema will be the site of another round of training, this one geared for professionals in education. Entitled “Actua! Per a prevenir l'abús infantil” (Take action to stop child abuse!), the course aims to give participants information to successfully spot and prevent cases of child sexual abuse and respond responsibly when it occurs.

Organisers of the course see it as a way to equip educational staff with the skills and knowledge to catch situations in which abuse is happening and act accordingly to protect children and teens.

Parent training
Also on Wednesday, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in the cinema and 8.30pm to 9.30pm in la Mola's Casa del Poble, parents are invited to attend a discussion about preparing children to deal with risks. The course will offer ideas about how parents can strengthen emotional bonds and discuss sexuality with their children. Instructors will also address the risks associated with gadgets and the Internet.

Training for teens
Lastly, Wednesday from 7.00pm to 8.00pm, the Casal de Joves will host “Ens fas falta” (We need you), a workshop aimed at helping 12- to 16-year-olds prevent or foil a range of unacceptable offences, from mistreatment to sexual abuse, whether they materialise in the present or took place in the past.

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