From Adeje to Cork for top students

 

 

The winners of the Adeje talented youth 2019 competition will be going to Ireland

 

Adeje council, through the offices of department of youth under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has just announced details of the third year of awards for the borough’s most talented young people, given annually to a number of top students from Adeje’s secondary schools and to those who are being recognised for their contribution to the collective wellbeing of their local community.

“This year we are going a bit further with the prize we will be awarding, as this year we are extending the awards to those who have also dedicated themselves to some form of social service in the community, contributing to a balance of social and educative equality” commented Zebenzui Chinea.

The prize this year has been chosen to reinforce the education of the young winners, and is a two-week summer camp in Cork, in Ireland, accompanied by specialised personnel from the department of youth. The trip will be from the 6th to the 20th of July and the prize includes flights, transfers and the two-week stay.

“We in the department of youth believe that any investment in education is important and language skills are fundamental for further studies these days, even more so when we live in a zone that welcomes millions of tourists every year”, said the councillor.

The winners (up to a maximum of ten persons) are chosen at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year from students who will be finishing studies in either of the Adeje public secondary schools, I.E.S Adeje or I.E.S Galeón based on their studies or ‘social commitment’.

The idea to reward students in the borough arose with the objective being to recognise dedication to studies, place value on excellence, and underline the need for academic progress among students. “We are working to promote quality training for our students in secondary education and incentivise our young people to continue with their studies when they have completed basic obligatory classes”, added councillor Linares. The addition, this year, of the ‘social commitment’ category is in recognition of the fact that this is also a very important facet in the development and education of young people, on the road to a more integrated approach to education.

 

 

 

 

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Swedish universities in Adeje for international get-together

SEPIE is the Spanish body in charge of international education in Spain, and overseeing the European Erasmus programme, and in that regard have organised an international university exchange event which is taking place in Adeje this week, with representatives from 9 Swedish and 19 Spanish universities. Tenerife’s University of La Laguna (ULL) are the local managers of this event.
At the inauguration of the event Carmen Rubio, the ULL vice-rector for internationalisation thanked SEPIE for the confidence they had placed in the ULL as the organisers and explained that the aim was to facilitate contact between the different Swedish and Spanish universities and establish links for future co-operation which would in lead to partnerships that would benefit students offering exchanges and academic investigative programmes.


Also speaking the inauguration Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga underlined the commitment the borough has to further education as he and the council firmly believe education is an essential tool in the development, and Adeje, he mentioned, was also a reflection of our world internationally with over 120 different nationalities in residence here.
UUL rector Antonio Martinón, the regional government’s deputy minister for education and universities David Pérez-Dionis, and Daniel Edquist, from the Swedish department of education also addressed the opening event.
The Swedish universities taking part are Dalarna, Karlstad, Linnaeus, Malmö, Halmstad, Örebro and Kristianstad, as well as the Blekinge Institute of Technology and the Swedish department of higher education. From Spain there are representatives from the universities of La Laguna, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sevilla, Nebrija, Vic, Jaén, Rey Juan Carlos, Vigo, Internacional de Catalunya, Navarra, León, Católica de Murcia, Málaga, Murcia, Santiago de Compostela, Ramón Llull, Pública de Navarra, ESIC Bussiness & Marketing School and SEPIE.

 

 

 

Levelling the playing pitch!

 

The II Adeje Equality Course sees a doubling in membership

The II Adeje School for Equality began courses yesterday with almost twice as many participants as expected. The town’s Equality council and the council itself are the organisers of the school, and had planned for 20 students but almost 50 signed up to take part.

The councillor for equality, Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, said she was “more than pleasantly surprised to see how the numbers of those signing up to take part had more than doubled. It makes me proud to see the response of our residents who, as well as working towards the advancement of equality, are increasingly aware of the importance of equality training to further ensure the application of equality measures in work and life in general”.

The school will be in session every Wednesday until April 24th, from 5.30pm – 9pm. “We know that these hours may not suit everyone, and therefore are really appreciative of those making the effort to be part of this course”, the councillor added.

The training is given by an association known as ‘Desarrollo Integral de la Mujeres Mercedes Machado’, using participative methodology, with 56 hours of classwork and 12 hours of practical application. The classes work to deconstruct sexist behaviour, language, etc, and help in the perception and acknowledgement of gender inequalities. Participants can learn how to improve group dynamics, improve auto esteem and work to recognise the impact of gender in terms of perception, values, attitudes and behaviour.

The training is in four blocks, looking at various aspects of behaviour, education, co-education, cultural products, and non-sexist communication. Equality in work and employment practises and household chores and child care will also be discussed. The classes will examine the issue of gender violence and identify keys for self-esteem for women among other matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje is ready to celebrate one of its most popular fiestas, San Sebastián

 

 

 

Those who wish to participate as riders must register by January 18th

Adeje council is getting ready to celebrate one of its most popular fiestas, San Sebastián, which sees thousands of people from Adeje and the rest of the island congregating in the La Emramda beach zone in La Caleta. This is also one of the oldest fiestas, with celebrations dating back over five centuries. The year the main event takes place on Sunday January 20th. Those who wish to take part as riders with their mounts (horses, camels, donkeys, etc) must register in the Adeje Cultural Centre, between the hours of 8am and 3pm, weekdays, by January 18th and must have their animal’s registration papers, civic insurance and the relevant vaccination documents.

The celebrations begin on Saturday January 19th at 8pm with mass sung by the Boleros de Armeñime group, in honour of San Sebastián de Mártir. This is followed by a procession with the statue of San Sebastián, accompanied by the Adeje municipal band. At 10pm the San Sebastián folklore festival takes place with La Diata, the Asociación Cultural Imoque and the Adeje Folklore Group.

Sundays’ events begin at 12 noon with mass, sung by the Santa Úrsula parish choir, followed by the procession bringing the statue of San Sebastián along the customary route to the sea accompanied by horses and riders. Other animals are also present in front of the church for the public to view, from sheep to goats, oxen, and people also bring along their pets for the traditional blessing of animals which happens after the parade.

Over the weekend the public can also enjoy an open-air exhibition, ‘San Sebastián, a tradition’ with photographs from the municipal archive. There will also be performances from local singing and dance groups as well as stalls selling Canarian produce, and food and drink.

The security plan for this year’s festival includes the presence of a qualified veterinarian to guarantee the well-being of the animals present, and determine their fitness to participate in the parade.

Festival origins
The festival of San Sebastián has been celebrated in Adeje, and the rest of the island, since the beginning of the 18th century, and he is one of the borough’s patron saint, and someone to whom many Adeje people have prayed to for ‘favours’ or assistance, today as in the past. These days the fiesta has become a hugely popular tradition that goes beyond its religious significance, and contributed greatly to the continued social harmony of the many peoples who live in the borough.

Adeje’s statue of San Sebastián, which normally resides in the hermitage in front of the church, was created in the Bririllo de Valencia workshop and brought to Adeje in 1916, mentioned in an article published in the Gaceta de Tenerife on January 29th of that year. It has a classical aspect, smaller than life-size, and made from carved wood and polychrome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival of The Three Kings into Adeje

 

Their majesties, the three Kings of the Orient, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, will arrive into Adeje by helicopter tomorrow (Jan 5th), to the municipal football grounds, at about 5pm, where they will be met by the mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga. The mayor will give their majesties a magic key that allows them deliver gifts to all the houses of the borough where children are waiting eagerly.
Before the arrival there will be an hour of entertainment, with Ballet Beanky, the local school of rhythmic gymnastics, and other surprises. Entrance to the event is free though places are limited – doors open at 4.15pm.
Later on there will be a parade with their majesties and many more personalities, starting at the main health centre, and going up the Calle Grande to the Plaza de España. There will be 600 kilos of sweets to share during the event!

 

Many local council charges to be dropped in 2019

 

The public will be able to benefit from the cancellation of fees for padrón registration, travel certificates and other items

 

The Adeje council will end 2018 with a measure to cancel certain local charges approved in the December council meeting. Adeje residents will not have to pay to register on the ‘padrón’, for travel certificates, or residency certificates among others which, until now, were only free of charge if carried out online.

According to the report presented to the council meeting today (Dec 28th), the aim of the change it “to speed up the process involved in administration contracts. With the elimination of certain charges we will reducing the time needed to manage money in the public offices”.

The decision was taken, says the local taxes councillor Epifanio Díaz Hernández, because “in this way we can also free up human resources, allowing those people, who at the moment have to dedicate a lot of their time dealing with the cash payments for these measures, now being able to spend more quality time dealing with the public.

Other local charges will be modified, including the removal of vehicles illegally parked and placed in the municipal car lot. The new cost will be adjudicated in line with the cost of the services of the company who remove the cars. The manner of payment will also be refined and the person affected by a car being removed can make a direct payment by card though a bank ATM or a transfer (payment cannot be made in cash).

“The council’s aim is to, in a short space of time, eliminate all cash payments and establish a homogeneous system of payments online or through transfers, and ideally encouraging more people to deal with the council through its online system” says councillor

Finally, at the same council meeting, a new system of cancelling direct debit for the public was approved.
 

Dedicated Callao Salvaje couple get special Mayoral ‘thank you’

 

The Callao Salvaje Carol Concert is now a firm fixture in the Adeje Christmas calendar

Every year hundreds of residents and visitors, from all nationalities, come together in Callao Salvaje on December 23rd, for a multilingual multicultural carol concert. This event, now a firm favourite in the Adeje Christmas calendar, is courtesy of the work of local Scottish residents Ken and Caroline Cumming, and this year, marking the 10th anniversary of the event, the couple received a special plaque for the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, in recognition of their work in this regard.

Also present at the presentation of the plaque was Amada Trujillo Bencomo, councillor for Callao Salvaje. The couple also work closely with the department for citizen participation under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, in the organisation of the annual event.

The mayor thanked the couple stating, “We are so grateful to you for the work you do, for the interest you show and for the collaboration you give in a selfless way, for the benefit of all. I firmly believe that is the right path to follow, that our residents are involved in activities that help everyone and work towards the building of a better world where respect, solidarity, help and support for everyone is the keystone of our advancement”.

Ken and Caroline arrived to Tenerife almost 15 years ago, initially running a language school. Just over ten years ago they moved to Callao Salvaje to open up the Callao Salvaje Community Church. Ken says, “We thought, as it was coming up to Christmas, that it would be good to have an outdoor carol service. We approached Adeje for permission and this was granted, along with some practical support.” The first year there were about 150 people in attendance, and it has grown over the years, “with the invaluable support from Adeje Council, the Alcalde, various councillors, including our local councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the culture department and now the citizen participation department.” The Adeje school of music has also been a very active participant and we can boast that Agoney sang for us before he became famous.”

As part of the event, they also collect toys for Adeje social services and non-perishable foods for the food bank. Ken commented, “We seek to help and support every resident both physically and spiritually in our small area in Adeje, and by doing so, we want to demonstrate how much God loves all of us”.

 

 

 

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From the sea to the sink! Adeje’s desalination plants

Adeje council and Entemanser teach students about the importance of water in the Canaries

After a talk in the classroom the students visited the desalination plant in La Caleta
Tuesday 18 December 2018

The Adeje councillor for Works and Services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and the councillor for municipal services, Esther Rivero Vargas, along with the director of Aqualia Canarias, Emilio Fernández and Pedro Gómez de Ayala from Entemanser took part in a workshop yesterday with 47 children from 6th class in Tijoco Bajo primary school. The visit was part of a project to learn about the hugely important cyclical role water plays in our lives and how it is treated by the participating water companies here.

This project began last week with a talk in the classroom given by Entemanser and Aqualia representative, Pedro Gómez. The talk was in two blocks, preservation and information about the culture of water in the Canarias, and the integrated cycle of water supply in urban areas. The children, having absorbed the theory, were given practical demonstrations on Monday. Ernesto Iglesias, an Adeje engineer, and the head of water desalination for Aqualia, Francisco Urquijo, explained the detailed process of desalination in the borough and how the installation works. The visit was done with small groups to allow these future ‘guardians of Adeje’s water supply’ better understand the detailed workings of the plant, and to ensure a safer visit for all the children.

The participants were given information tools to help them better understand the need for responsible use of water and respect for the sources, both in terms of consumption and the return of water to the environment for its future purification.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera commented, “these social-educative initiatives by Entemanser are very important to ensure that our students are aware of the need for proper water treatment, from its extraction from the sea to its arrival into our sinks from the tap at home These young people will carry that message to their families, insisting on the need for responsible use of water.

“Together with Entemanser, we in the council have invested in the construction and working of this desalination plant which processes over 10 million litres of water a day”

Entemanser was founded in 1987 and acquired by Aqualia in 2005, and is the company charged with the management of water supply in a number of boroughs in Tenerife.