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Formentera libraries choose Sant Ferran's library connection for all-new English storytime

foto millie porter 2The Formentera Council's education office announces that at 5.00pm this Monday, November 26, the Sant Ferran library will host Millie Potter, the island's first-ever English-language storytelling session.

Elàstic Nou, the theatre company behind the educational initiative, say the premise of Millie Porter —combining homemade storytelling with an actress from an English background— is all about getting kids interested in the language.

The show's wild dynamism creates a setting in which participants are in near constant interactive engagement. Through words, songs and games, Millie takes children on a journey they aren't likely to forget.

CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu salutes victims of gender violence

foto-homenatge-2018-4This Friday the teaching staff and student body of CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu will host a special tribute event to honour the women and children claimed by gender violence in 2018.

CiF culture secretary Susana Labrador was joined by school director Neus Masdeu and Espai Dones chairwoman Dolores Tamargo in launching an appeal to the 450 pupils in the crowd to do their part to jettison gender violence, emphasising the importance of more equitable education if future generations are to achieve the goal.

Picking up where the adults left off, the children in the crowd chimed in with their own performance of Aitana's “Ets la força”, showing off posters and other craftwork inspired by the struggle to end violence.

Local observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence this Sunday November 25 comes with an entire morning of activities. Volunteers will staff an information booth in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució from 11.00am. At noon the students of the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory will give a concert and then a flash mob will dance to Rosalia's “Malamente”. At 1.00pm, the crowd will hear voices calling for the erasure of gender violence as part of a reading of the day's manifesto. Capping the day's programme, the film Custodia compartida will be shown in the cinema (Sala de Cultura).

Ment i Cor: Formentera hosts first open days for gifted children

foto actef 2The Formentera Council's education office announces that this weekend island families can look forward to a series of open days on the intellectually gifted and exceptionally talented organised by two area groups together with support from the Council. Ment i Cor (Catalan for “Mind and Body”) is being put together by ACTEF, an association to support individuals with exceptional abilities and talents, and the Balearic Islands' federation for the intellectually gifted.

Education secretary Susana Labrador says the event will be crucial to “bringing visibility to a group which could represent up to seven per cent of students”. Often the children to receive special care are the slower learners, observed Labrador. “We tend to overlook gifted pupils”, she said, “who have special learning needs, too”.

ACTEF's deputy chair, Maribel Calafat, detailed some the problems facing gifted youth, such as feeling they aren't understood by their peers or that they don't fit in. “'Gifted' doesn't mean 'good student'”, clarified Calafat, “It describes a different way of feeling, thinking and living. And if these children continue to go without special attention, down the road they could be struggling to find their place”. Such a prospect was the driving force behind the organisation of this weekend's open days, which are “specially tuned for families and educational staff to bring awareness to the 'gifted' question”.

Discussions and other activities
Organisers say 130 parents and teachers and 45 young people have already registered to participate, which will centre on responding to questions brought by households with gifted children.

The cinema will host a programme with a wide array of talks and round-tables with strategies for supporting gifted children, exploring their ways of processing emotions and frustrations, and coming to terms with their intellectual gifts.

At the same time, the Antoni Blanc fitness centre will play host to a range of fun and educational activities for kids. The space is being billed as “the perfect place to learn, gather and share hopes and concerns”.

Class is in session for adult Catalan-language-learners

cursoscatalafor-300x200Catalan-language courses for adults begin today, Monday, through the Formentera Council's language advisory service, SAL. Students in the C1 group head to class today at 7.00pm, and evening courses at the B2 and A2 levels kick off too, an hour later. All three take place at IES Marc Ferrer secondary school.

Wide range of courses
A total of nine courses are being offered: three beginners A2 (morning, afternoon and evening), two B1 (morning and afternoon), two B2 (morning and afternoon), two C1 (morning and afternoon). Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the first day of instruction for morning groups—A2 at 9.15am, B1 at 10.15, B2 at 11.15, and C1 at 12.15—in the adult learning centre (Escola d'Adults). Later in the day at IES Marc Ferrer, the afternoon A2 group hits the books at 5.00pm, and the B2 group at 6.00pm.

The diverse array of classes reflects the administration's goal of facilitating and promoting Catalan language study on the island. The free courses' January end date is scheduled to precede official exams administered by the Balearic Islands' directorate general of language policy.

Though this year a total of 117 individuals have already signed up, and registration for the courses will remain open all week.

Instruction for health personnel
Apart from language instruction for the general public, more classes will also get started soon as part of the Council's five-year-old deal to offer instruction to health workers at the Formentera hospital. Evening classes at the hospital are being planned at the A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels.

César Bona brings vision of children's education to Formentera

foto-cesar-bona1The Formentera Council's offices of youth services and education report that at 7.00pm on Friday, César Bona will present his “Mira al teu voltant” conference to audiences at the local cinema. A teacher and writer, Bona was awarded the Global Teacher Prize distinction as one of the top fifty teachers in the world.

An educator in the multidisciplinarian tradition, Bona believes in trying to foster skills like empathy, teamwork and creativity, calls for the involvement of all children in ways that promote respect, teamwork and effort and give free rein to imagination. His method rests on uniquely practical approaches to teaching school subjects, and making well-working classrooms the business of every pupil.

Bona preaches assemblies as a way to give children a voice. He encourages less homework, especially at the primary level, arguing that childhood is extremely short and, with classes running every afternoon until five and children expected to continue working at home, pupils run the risk of becoming alienated from a classroom environment from which they've scarcely had time to disconnect.

He proposes more flexible learning plans. Bona feels that school curricula are so structured that instructors barely have leeway to set aside textbooks and make use of other methodology. He believes there must be more time for teaching values, like respect for others and empathy.

Bona also advocates spoken communication, emotional intelligence, social commitment and using tech to improve learning processes.

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