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Bidding begins for construction of housing for at-risk minors

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare is pleased to report that it has begun tender for construction of a housing project for at-risk under-12s. The ten-room building will be located in the island's social and healthcare services hub next to the Formentera Day Centre.

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If deadlines are met, work will be completed before year-end 2023. The budget is €496,966 plus VAT and the project will receive a €150,000 grant from European Union funds for economic recovery.

Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, said the home would offer children in foster care "individualised and family care" and "a better environment for psychosocial care". He asserted that the new building would also constitute "a resource for vulnerable families, a problem that specifically affects women, to whom the task of caring for and supporting children generally falls".

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At present, Formentera has no residential care resource for at-risk minors and about 30% of individuals in Formentera's child protection service are likely to use this space.

13 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera remembers El Quiosc de n'Anselmo through the gaze of Robert P. Hawkins

From Wednesday 14 September, Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' will host "Drawings and paintings of El Quiosc de n'Anselmo" (Dibuixos i pintures del quiosc de n'Anselmo), an exhibition of 14 oil pastel works of the old beach bar at Punta de sa Pedrera by painter Robert P. Hawkins. In 1982, Hawkins (Massachusetts, 1948) exhibited for the first time on Formentera, where he resides for part of the year. Since that time he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions on the island.

The exhibition will open at 8.00pm on Wednesday and remain on view 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, until 23 September.

12 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera hosts closing event of Feminist Classrooms

foto 2022ix aules feministes 2Today Formentera was the scene of the last day of Feminist Classrooms (Aules Feministes), which was attended by Ángela Rodríguez, state secretary for equality; Ana Juan, Consell de Formentera president and councillor of equality; Gloria Santiago, vice-president of the Balearic parliament; Mercedes Garrido, councillor of presidency, public function and equality; Maria Duran i Febrer, director of the Institut Balear de la Dona (Ibdona), as well as the deputy for Formentera, Antonio J. Sanz, the vice president of the Consell, Susana Labrador, and Councillors Vanessa Parellada and Paula Ferrer, among other authorities.

The closing ceremony, held in the Sala de Cultura and presented by President Juan, consisted of a presentation from journalist Montserrat Boix on equality plans in the public media, and a space to share good practices in efforts by public administrations to close the wage gap.

President Juan highlighted "the great social advances women have made in gender equality in recent years with progressive policies, but there is still a long way to go". According to Juan, "we must not lose sight of helping women to develop their life project in equality and that is why it is very important to make this work visible".

This year's Aules Feministes were held under the title "Economics for Equality: The Feminist Agenda". Aules Feministes started in 2020 as a space for reflection on feminism and its transformative power.

10 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Open registration for municipal swimming, archery, athletics and tennis schools

foto 2022ix escoles esportivesThe Formentera Office of Sports is pleased to report that signups for the municipal schools of swimming, archery, athletics and tennis will open next week. For now, the sailing school will continue with summer courses.

Swimming school
Monday 12 September, registration for the 2022-2023 school year starts at the municipal swimming school. This year classes will range from "tortoise" level (i.e., primary school pupils aged six and up) to advanced classes for teens. Signups run Monday 12 September through Friday 16 September and can be done online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or in person at the OAC. Monday 19 September to Friday 23 September, signups will be confirmed via email or over the phone and a date and time will be set. Classes begin on 26 September.

Swimming lessons will be offered at every school on the island
This year, for the first time, local schools will have swimming lessons for young children, i.e. three to six years old. This year CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques has been added, which will also include swimming pool activities for primary school pupils. This year, children enrolled in physical education classes at CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu will also take part in swimming activities. In addition, students in the UEECO classroom at IES Marc Ferrer will receive classes two days a week. This summer, improvements were carried out inside the pool, including new doors and furniture. The pool was also cleaned and hyperchlorinated, and new material was purchased.

Tennis school
Ages four and up
Signups at tennis courts
Start of classes: Monday 19 September
Until 22 June

Archery school
Ages nine and up
Signups at Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc
Start of classes, by categorie: 4 October (beginners); 6 September (advanced)

Athletics school
Signups at athletics track
Duration: 1 October to 31 May

For more information about the schools and sports offered, contact the Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc at 971 321 240 or via email at poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat.

9 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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