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Push to map Formentera's underwater archaeology enters phase two

The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to announce the start of phase two of Formentera's Underwater Archaeological Map, a project which is overseen locally by the Balearic Institute of Studies in Maritime Archaeology (IBEAM). The progress comes after Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Enrique Aragón Núñez, president of IBEAM, signed an agreement this August to push forward this immensely valuable scientific endeavour.

Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, cast the impulse to revamp the map as proof of "local government's interest in researching and safeguarding Formentera's underwater historical heritage", as well as "its commitment to disseminating this work among the local population".

On completion of phase one, the Consell renewed its collaboration with IBEAM to continue locating and documenting archaeological sites on the seabed of Formentera's inland waters, particularly deep-sea sites and those which are affected by human activities. IBEAM will also periodically inspect previously detected undersea sites and continue to collect information from existing literature and archives. Moreover, team members will incorporate newly collected data in the database and geographic information system (GIS) developed during phase one and deploy targeted preservation, safeguarding and preventive conservation measures at subaquatic archaeological sites and on specific features of those sites.

Phase two will also involve disseminating these efforts, educating islanders about undersea cultural heritage and promoting the SOS Patrimoni campaign, with the aim of making Formentera's underwater heritage more accessible to residents of the island.

Presenting findings from first mapping effort
This Friday at 7.00pm in La Savina, the Nautical Sports Centre (CENF) will host a presentation of findings from the first Underwater Archaeological Map of Formentera, which was completed between 2015 and 2020. Councillor Guasch and IBEAM project director Javier Rodríguez Pandozi will lead the presentation.

2 November 2022
Communications Office
Council of Formentera

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With activities for children, youth and families for Children's Month, Formentera stands for rights of children and youth once again

Today the Formentera Office of Youth Affairs presented its programme for Universal Children's Day, celebrated every year on 20 November. All month long, children, young people, families and teachers can engage in commemorating the anniversaries of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Vanessa Parellada, councillor of youth affairs, pointed out that with the cross-cutting 2022 programme, the various offices of the Consell de Formentera had joined forces once again to present a programme where children and young people are at the centre. "Sports, cultural and recreational activities for children, youth and families are already well established, but during Children's Month, we're taking this chance to boost them even further and shine a light on the need to safeguard and champion the rights of children and young people, with a special focus this year on the right to mental health", said Councillor Parellada.

Two separate activities will be staged as part of the Formentera Office of Social Welfare-backed lecture series, Talks for parents and teachers (Xerrades per a families i docents): Thursday 3 November, Cristina Torres will speak to islanders about the limits and outcomes of positive education. Thursday 24 November, Rafael Bisquerra will lead a talk titled "Emotional education: from theory to practice". Childcare will be available at both talks, which will happen at 5.00pm in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens) adjacent to the Centre de Dia. Reservations are required. Please call 971 321 271 or send an e-mail to educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat.

Children's Parliament
Friday 18 November at 11.00am, Formentera students will take part in the eleventh Children's Parliament, an in-person event at the Balearic parliament, where this year's theme is mental health.

Casal de Joves
Saturday 19 November, Formentera's drop-in centre for youth will host a family outing that includes a bike and sailboat ride. Participants must register in advance by e-mail at casal@conselldeformentera.cat.

22 November, the Formentera Office of Environment has put together a recycling workshop for kids. The event will run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran, and each participant should bring one regular-sized and one large plastic bottle from home.

Saturday 26 November there will be an open day for anyone keen to know more about the Casal de Joves. The event gives local families, adults and children the chance to see the facilities and play table football, table tennis and other games.

Family production
Saturday 26 November, the Formentera Office of Culture will host a performance for family audiences. NATANAM, a dance show appropriate for children six months old and up, won the 2021 Feten Award for Best Early-Childhood Dance Production. The show starts at 6.00pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and tickets are available at www.entradesformentera.cat starting one week before the show.

Sports days
The Formentera Office of Sport has organised two sports days. Saturday 26 November and Sunday 27 November, attendees can see demonstrations of the sports and activities offered by local clubs and take part in an open day activities at the Polideportiu Antoni Blanc. Activity hours will be announced in the days leading up to each event.

Children's assembly
Wednesday 30 November at 10.00am, members of Formentera's Participatory Council for Children and Youth will gather for an assembly of the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala d'Actes). Students will meet with local political representatives and the director of the Balearic Office of Childhood and Adolescence.

All month long during school hours, island schools will also host storytelling sessions titled "Children with Rights". Participating storytellers are committed to educating children about their rights around gender identity, acceptance, self-esteem and more. Story times are organised by the Formentera Office of Youth Affairs and the library.

"The Consell de Formentera believes family is key, as reflected in the constant and cross-cutting offer of activities to enjoy with the family. Of course, programmes geared specifically toward children and young people are also crucial. We champion respect for diversity and a comprehensive approach to wellness that encompasses the physical and mental, with a focus on emotional health and preventing serious problems such as child and youth suicide", concluded Councillor Parellada.

2 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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This Thursday, Xerrades series unveils second instalment, 'Positive education: limits and outcomes'

This Thursday 3 November, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare will host the second instalment of Talks for families and teachers (Xerrades per a famílies i docents), with 'Positive education: limits and outcomes'. Psychologist Cristina Torres will start the talk at 5.00pm in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens) and childcare will be available. Attendees should reserve their space in advance by e-mail at educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or by phone at 971 321 271.

31 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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November activities at Casal de Joves

The Formentera Office of Youth Affairs is pleased to present the activities bill for the month ahead at Formentera's youth drop-in centre. Vanessa Parellada, councillor of youth, underscored activities related to International Children's Day on 20 November. Councillor Parellada asserted that her office and the Casal de Joves seek out programmes "that emphasise the rights of children and young people and awareness building activities".

The programme starts Wednesday 2 November with a film screening. Friday 4 November, a workshop will be held in which participants will learn to make wool octopuses; Saturday 5 November, island youth can join in a tournament of table football; Wednesday 9 November, young people can dance with the video game "Just Dance"; Friday 11 November, participants in a cooking workshop will prepare a savoury dish, and Saturday 12 November, youth at the Casal can take part in a bracelet workshop. Friday 18 November, youth representatives will attend the eleventh Children's Parliament at the Parliament of the Balearic Islands.

Family excursion by bicycle and boat
One of the month's highlights –a family bike ride– is included in the International Children's Day programme and will take place Saturday 19 November. Youngsters and their families will walk along Estany des Peix to the Nautical Sports Centre. From there, they will embark on a boat ride. To sign up, stop in at the Casal de Joves.

Activities continue Wednesday 23 November with a group game of jumping rope. Friday 25 November, Casal youth will personalise T-shirts from the "No Means No!" (No i punt!) campaign in collaboration with the Formentera Office of Social Welfare.

Saturday 26 November there will be an open day for anyone who wants to discover the Casal de Joves. "It is a chance for local families, adults and children to get to know the facilities and come to play table football, table tennis and other games", said Councillor Parellada.

Finally, Wednesday 30 November, at a regular assembly of the Participatory Council of Children and Youth, student representatives and politicians of the island will collect proposals from students.

The Casal de Joves is for children and young people aged ten and up and opens Tuesday to Saturday, 4.00pm to 10.00pm, all year long.

31 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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