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Local and regional officials tour Sant Ferran’s new school and nursery

foto 2021 visita escolaAEarlier today Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer was joined by two regional government representatives —First Minister Francina Armengol and Minister of Education and Vocational Training Martí March— on a visit of the new primary school and nursery (escoleta) in Sant Ferran. Also on hand at the gathering were Margalida Ferrer, the Balearic Ministry of Education’s envoy in the Pine Islands; Antoni Morante, the director general of the regional office of planning, management and centres; school administrative staff and the parents’ association at the school.

President Ferrer welcomed the opening of the new buildings and said they were “the object of enormous demand among islanders”. She also praised the school’s parents’ association for their collaboration and “their immense patience”, adding a special word for the “Herculean efforts of administrative and teaching staff”. The president asserted that the two freshly opened centres were a reflection of “this administration’s commitment to quality education for zero to three year olds, in terms of both material and human resources”.

First Minister Armengol called it “a very important day for the island of Formentera” and applauded “islanders’ patience during this long wait”. “These schools were the object of great demand”, continued Armengol. “Our dream was to keep moving the Govern’s educational policies forward”, she confided, “and this is a dream come true”.

A new nursery and primary school valued at nearly €7M

With a budget of €6.7 million, plans for the new school and nursery called for a building that could accommodate two classes at each grade level: six pre-primary classrooms (for children aged three to six) and twelve primary rooms (for ages six to twelve). All told, there is capacity for 450 pupils. The school sits on a 11,037m2 plot located on the outskirts of Sant Ferran and next to the municipal nursery, which also accommodates 74 children (aged zero to three) and two groups per grade level. At present, the Sant Ferran Primary School has 328 pupils and 30.5 teachers.

The building is comb-shaped; its spine, which runs parallel to the access road, features administrative offices, an assembly hall with street access and a canteen. The canteen is shared by the school and nursery and doubles as a space to accommodate early arrivals.

The primary school is split into three pavilions; the first contains common areas like the library, computer lab, teachers' lounge and multi-purpose room as well as support and small-group classrooms. Meanwhile, the other two pavilions are home to 12 standard classroom units, situated on either side of a central corridor.

A porch area shared by the nursery and pre-primary school separates the recreational areas of these levels from the primary school playground. It also serves to communicate the playgrounds of the nursery and pre-primary school. The primary school gymnasium is located at the back of these modules.

Building costs for the pre-primary and primary school were covered by the Balearic Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, while Formentera’s government picked up the tab for the municipal nursery. All told, total investment topped €6.7 million. The school sits on a 11,037 m2 plot located on the outskirts of Sant Ferran. In total, construction of the nursery required investment from local government to the tune of €1,118,000 .

The new nursery has a classroom for one to two year olds and a classroom for two to three year olds — age groups that were previously covered at Escoleta des Camí Vell pending construction of the new centre. Only two of the building’s six classrooms are currently in use, with the other rooms entering into activity as needs require.

Designated a priority in the Balearic Ministry of Education’s Educational Infrastructure Plan (2016-2023), the new school is one example of the attempt to meet needs for educational infrastructure in an orderly and objective way in the region.

The Directorate General of European Funding chose the new schools for financing from the REACT-EU fund as part of the European Union’s COVID-19 pandemic response, part of the ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 for the Balearic Islands.

30 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils autumn and winter catalogue of courses and workshops for adults

The Formentera Offices of Culture and Education are pleased to present the offer of courses and workshops for adults in autumn and winter. In the words of Councillor of Education and Culture Susana Labrador, “The goal is to offer a wide variety to satisfy islanders’ demand for training and leisure options”.

First off, two classics —creation and painting by Teresa Matilla and woodcarving by Aaron Keydar— are back. Teresa Matilla’s “artistic classroom” supplies students with knowledge of a range of painting techniques and foments creativity, personal growth and emotion. The evening workshop will take place from November to March. Aaron Keydar, for his part, has taught his woodcarving clinic since 2014, and this year it will be held on Tuesday and Friday evenings from November to March.

Both courses will be held in Sant Ferran’s new Espai Cultural.

José Antonio Arribas’s digital photography course for beginners will also return in 2021. Offering a total of 12 hours of instruction, the course runs from 22 November to 2 December. Classes will be both theory-based and hands-on, giving students the chance to learn various photographic techniques inside and outside the classroom. The course is designed for anyone who wants to get the most out of their reflex camera or work in depth with an array of photographic disciplines.

The photography course will be held at the Marià Villangómez library.

Early enrolment
Early enrolment (preinscripcions) can be completed at the Citizen Information Office (OAC), or online on the OVAC from 1 October. Retired people and young people under 25 get a 30% discount on tuition.

28 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera


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Joan Marí Cardona lecture series returns 1–7 Oct.

cartell 2021 jornades estudis locals JMC The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to report that from 1 to 7 October, the Joan Marí Cardona Local Studies Lecture Series will celebrate its tenth year. Lectures start at 8.15pm in the conference hall of the Formentera Day Centre. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Heritage councillor Raquel Guasch, who pointed out that last year’s event was called off due to the pandemic, welcomed the chance to host the series anew, and promised research-minded attendees they were in for a treat: “These talks encompass a wide range of fields and highlight comprehensive and fascinating content that brings us closer to the history of Formentera”.
Guasch said that 2021 has already seen the release of two issues of the review Formentera which spotlight talks from 2015 and 2016, and plans are in place for others still to come, including a special publication with articles from the talks that were called off in 2020.

The 2021 programme:
- Friday 1 October: Protección, conservación y difusión de la arquitectura vernácula (Protection, conservation and dissemination of local architecture). With Camila Mileto and Fernando Vegas, doctors of architecture and professors at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
- Monday 4 Oct.: Ús de sòl rústic de Formentera (Rural land use on Formentera). With Vicent Prats Ramon, senior technician of spatial planning at the Consell d’Eivissa.
- Tuesday 5 Oct.: Malalties i epidèmies de les Pitiüses (Diseases and epidemics in the Pine Islands). With Fanny Tur, historian and archivist at the Ajuntament d’Eivissa.
- Wednesday 6 Oct.: Les plantes per a la salut (Plants and wellness). With Josep Colonques Garrido, acupuncturist, naturist, communicator and author of numerous publications on natural health.
- Thursday 7 Oct.: Repressió institucional franquista a Formentera: la Causa General (Institutional repression under Franco on Formentera: the General Cause). With Francisca Riera Escandell, historian.

The Teachers’ Resource Centre (Centre de Professorat de Formentera, CPF) has included the lecture series in its professional development catalogue so the Balearic Ministry of Education will validate associated credits.

24 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

From A2 to C1, twelve new Catalan-language courses help students prep for Jan. ’22 exams

The Formentera Language Advisory Service is pleased to announce it will offer language instruction from beginners’ level A2 to the more advanced C1 for 12 groups of Catalan learners. The classes are geared towards preparing students for the next official round of Catalan exams, which the Balearic Islands’ Directorate General of Language Policy (DGPOLING) has set for January 2022.

Space is limited and students can be enrolled in no more than one group at a time. After registering, and before the start of classes 13/14 October, students will receive an email confirming that they have been enrolled in their group of choice. Courses are free of charge.

Signups: September 20—October 6
Registration will run from Monday 20 September to Wednesday 6 October, and can be completed online throught the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) (https://ovac.conselldeformentera.cat) or during a pre-arranged in-person visit at the Citizen Information Office (OAC; Carrer Ramon Llull, 6, Sant Francesc). To schedule an appointment, call 971 32 10 87 between 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

Instruction is available for five groups of beginners (A2), two groups of intermediate B1, three intermediate B2 and two advanced C1. First quarter instruction won’t include advanced level C2 because DGPOLING has announced that January’s exams will not include that level. Course schedules are made available during the registration process.

17 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

111 local kids return to nurseries, new Sant Ferran facility opens doors

foto 2021 inici escoleta CThe Formentera Office of Education is pleased to report that, as early learning centres reopened across the island today, 111 one to three year olds —28 in Sant Ferran and 83 at Escoleta Sa Miranda in Sant Francesc— joined 23 teachers, instructional aides and administrators, together with kitchen and cleaning staff, in kicking off the 2021/22 school year.

New nursery in Sant Ferran
Opening its doors today, the new Sant Ferran escoleta boasts one classroom for one to two year olds and another for two to three year olds — a need that was previously met by Escoleta des Camí Vell, which opened provisionally pending construction of the new centre. The building contains six classrooms, with plans to employ the remaining four as needs grow.

The IBISEC-prepared project involved constructing the escoleta on a lot adjacent to Sant Ferran’s brand-new primary school, a building designed to accomodate 450 pupils and two groups per year (two year-one groups, two year-two groups, etc.) and contains 6 classrooms for pre-primary education (three to six year olds) and 12 rooms for primary education (six to twelve years olds). The centre sits on a 11,037 m2 plot on the outskirts of town.

Investment in the project totalled €1,118,000.

Culture chief Susana Labrador expressed satisfaction that the two “hotly anticipated” schools were opening doors at last. She insisted that school and nursery staff, personnel of the Formentera Office of Island Services and cleaning and kitchen workers had been key to getting the buildings up to snuff in time for September.

“We’ve opted to expand coverage to take in more children. The fact is, the zero-to-three stage of development demands quality facilities and instructors. With the opening of this new school and the creation of new teaching positions, we’re making progress on the framework document that local government adopted to support educational equity for zero to three year olds.

Hours, services and public health protocols
The schools operate from 7.30am to 2.30pm, a timetable which includes early drop-off at nurseries, classtime and lunch.

Entry and exit to the schools will be staggered and health and safety restrictions respected in full.

13 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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