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Formentera celebrates children’s day with wide-ranging activities for tykes and teens

cartell 2020 dia infanciaThe Formentera Department of Youth reports that a full calendar of programming has been teed up for the month ahead to commemorate the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and World Children’s Day on 20 November.

Youth and childhood councillor Vanessa Parellada said Covid-19 meant organisational efforts faced an uphill climb — a challenge that was overcome thanks to coordination across the youth, sports, culture, social welfare and equality departments. “The idea was to give local youngsters a chock-a-block activities bill to celebrate their day”, the councillor explained. “Kids were the first ones affected by the pandemic, so this year the organisational effort wasn’t just about adapting to public health measures, it was about really tailoring activities especially for kids.”

First on the calendar is a Wednesday 4 November viewing of a talk from Carles Capdevila on humour in childrearing. An acclaimed journalist and communicator, Capdevila writes and speaks from personal experience about the power of humour in parenting.

Wednesday screenings continue two weeks straight with David Trueba’s “A mi yo adolescente: generaciones” followed by Mar Romera’s “Las emociones no se aprenden, hay que vivirlas”. Set at the Casal de Joves, screenings start at 6.30pm and seek to help young people manage their emotions and navigate school and the adolescent years.

Lectures, congresses and conferences
Another standout feature of the programme —and parents and children’s chance to improve their relationships, ask questions, and share educational tips— are the lectures. First up is a talk with therapist Ana Serra about the importance of promoting children’s autonomy and how to do it with ease. The event starts at 5.00pm, Thursday 5 November, in the Consell de Formentera Sala d’Actes. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or phoning 971 32 12 71.

6 November marks the return to Eivissa and Formentera of Proyecto Juntos’ “Vívete”. As the congress celebrates its fourth year, Toni Nadal, who trained Rafa Nadal from the start of his career to 2017, leads a reflection on attitudes, values and emotions. A naturalist, professional adventurer and conference speaker, Nacho Dean was the first person to walk and swim round the world in a bid to spotlight the importance of planetary conservation. Mery Oca explores the dangers of Instagram. Leukemia and Covid-19 survivor Luis Daniel Martin will contribute too. Conceived for youth in general and secondary school pupils in particular, the congress can be followed online.

24 November, Yolanda Domínguez will share insight into how changing the world means changing the images around us. Analysing the images that characterise today’s media, Domínguez will also hold out examples of some of her own visual actions. The event will take shape in Centre d’Esports Nàutics at 7.00pm.

Family-friendly production
From 6.00pm on Saturday 14 November, children three and up are encouraged to check out La Tartana Teatro’s “Soñando a Pinocho” at Sala de Cultura. Reservations must be made before 10.00am on Friday 13 November by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

Children’s parliament
For World Children’s Day on 20 November, youth council participants on Formentera and across the region are invited to join the ninth Balearic Youth Parlament (Parlament Infantil i Juvenil). For this year’s virtual event, groups will share conclusions from their work on Sustainable Development Goals related to health and the environment.

Children’s plenary
Participants of Formentera’s youth council have another November event to look forward to: the group’s twice yearly full-house assembly. The sessions are intended to promote the active involvement of Formentera’s children and youth —fully capable thinking and expressing beings— in municipal policies. The date of the assembly is pending.

Other family-friendly leisure and sport
The Casal de Joves and Formentera Marxa have teamed up with the Escola de Vela to invite families on a day of cycling and sailing. Advance reservations are required  (casal@conselldeformentera.cat).

From 7.00pm on 23 November, ‘Ajuntament Vell’ exhibition space welcomes Yolanda Domínguez’s “Little Black Dress” — a reflection on on gender and social consciousness, a critical look at the representation of women in fashion and an invitation to embrace diversity.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women happens 25 November, and the day’s programme starts at 4.30pm with a batucada drum performance from Bloco Colubraria in Plaça de la Constitució. Rally, manifesto and production of “A Rapist in Your Path” to follow.

Closing out the month-long activities bill is a Formentera Divers-hosted “try dive” for families. The dive happens 28 November in the municipal pool and advance reservations are required (poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat).

3 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Aiming for eco-awareness, new Casal de Joves mural reminds islanders to ‘respect nature’

foto 2020 mural casal jovesThe Formentera Department of Youth reports that local resident Viking Fader has emblazoned the wall opposite the Casal de Joves facade with a mural under the tagline “RESPECT NATURE”. From today, Friday 14 August, the piece will be illuminated every night until one a.m.

Viking Fader said the goal of the piece was to promote environmental artistic practices capable of merging skill acquisition, awareness and active involvement in environmental solutions and outreach.

Users of the island’s youth drop-in centre pitched in too, lending a hand with creative tasks involved in fashioning the mural’s lower section. The artist described the initiative as part of an effort to “build interest, awareness and team spirit around ecological engagement”.

14 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Guidance for Escola d’Estiu counsellors

foto Assessorament Escola EstiuThe Formentera youth office reports it is offering an advisory service to workers at the Escola d’Estiu summer camp programme.

The service aims to promote teamwork strategies and offer counsellors tools to identify their emotions and camp participants’ as well as improve communication with participants and their families. Expertise in both areas has taken on added significance in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

“Professional support is a key part of helping Escola d’Estiu staff and directors tackle the challenge they face in 2020”, said youth consellera Vanessa Parellada, “not to mention guidance so they can work through doubts stemming from the current situation”.

“Children get their first idea of what to expect in school from Escola d’Estiu counsellors”, Parellada continued, “so these workers need support dealing with the anxiety that current unusual circumstances can trigger. It is crucial that counsellors’ interactions with children be rooted in cool-headedness and naturalness”.

The service is offered by CEPCA director Belén Alvite. Two face-to-face sessions have already taken place, with more to follow, including an online option, in the weeks ahead.

24 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

With preventive measures in place, Casal de Joves resumes regular hours

The Formentera Department of Youth announces that the Casal de Joves, a youth drop-in centre located in Centre Social es Molí, will reopen tomorrow, welcoming back local youngsters Tuesday through Saturday from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Building capacity and special Covid-19 hygiene protocol will observed, with masks required any time social distancing measures cannot be followed.

Casal de Joves employees will remind visitors of safety protocol in place, taking care to disperse groups and staggering entry to the centre. No more than ten individuals will be allowed in the centre at a time, including an on-site counselor or the centre’s director, and, as in the past, a visitation register will be kept. Casal staff expect to be able to periodically host in-person workshops, with an ongoing programme of online activities on the “Casal Viral”. The centre has also been equipped with an isolation space where necessary healthcare protocol can be followed in the event a visitor shows symptoms.

Youth consellera Vanessa Parellada delighted in the opportunity to welcome young people back to the Casal, which serves as not just a meeting point for a great deal of Formentera youth, but also a place to hang out and share experiences with, and to learn mutually from, Casal staff and other young people. “Confinement was particularly tough on children and adolescents alike”, said Parellada, “and it’s crucial they re-establish a certain normality in their lives and social relations as we move through lockdown de-escalation”.

The Casal goes viral
As far as a bright side to confinement is concerned, the consellera and department staff pointed to the fact that the Casal was able to stay connected with island youth across social media accounts. Said Parellada, “Now, considering the warm response received, those channels will stay active and be further developed through online workshops—one new feature which actually succeeded in getting parents into the Casal, as the chaperones of their daughters and sons.”

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera youth get on board for Women’s Day celebrations

foto 2020 mural dona 3Earlier today the Formentera Department of Youth unveiled the list of activities lined up this coming March at the island’s youth drop-in centre, the Casal de Joves. Department chair Vanessa Parellada called the first week “a very special one”, highlighting not just local plans to commemorate Women’s Day but also efforts by island youth to “win a better lot for women in society and educate others about the importance of real equality”.

At 6.00pm this Friday 6 March, the Casal will host a contest using a captivating digital premise to test participants’ knowledge on an array of questions like equality and gender. Then, at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 March, attendees can also see En la brecha, a documentary about inequality in the working world.

Youth will also command the spotlight in the once-monthly environmental actions that have become standard. On Friday 27 March Formentera Marxa will add its name to Fridays for Future, and from 4.00pm, workshops in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució will offer youth and islanders at large the chance to learn about the importance of having a sustainable future.

Meeting of Youth Councils
On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, Youth Councils from across the Balearic Islands, including Formentera’s Youth Participatory Council (Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut), will gather for their first meeting in Santa Eulària, Eivissa.

Casal de Joves turns 13
Councillor Parellada pointed out that one of the more special events would be happening from 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 March: the Casal de Joves’ 13th anniversary. The chief of the youth office applauded efforts to include Formentera youngsters in the Casal’s creation and growth, and called on people aged 10 and over, and all those who have taken part in Casal activities over the last 13 years, to join in.

Other activities
Kicking off the programme today in the Casal is a workshop on homemade decals and stickers, followed by, at 5.30pm on Saturday 7 March, a culinary clinic where participants can learn how to make Colombian empanadas. Youth can drop in every other Wednesday (11 & 25 March) for film night; do arts and crafts for Father’s Day on 13 Friday; learn tips for discussing sex and getting questions answered in the “Let’s talk about sex” workshop on Saturday 14 March, or take part in a circus activity on Saturday 21 March. All activities, except for the how-to on empanadas, start at 6.30pm in the Casal de Joves.

4 March 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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