The council is awarded for its excellent training initiatives and work-seeking programmes
The Adeje department of economic development and employment policies has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence, EFQM, from the European Foundation for Quality Management, for the level of attention offered and given to the public in the areas of training, employment and businesses assessment. The award was presented at an event in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA).
Councillor for the department, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín received the certificate from Francisco Martón Santamaría, from the Bureau Veritas, the agency charged with evaluation and certification in Andalucía and the Canarias. Also present were the departmental head, Mercedes Vargas, and the councillor for tourism, Ermitas Moreira (who headed up the employment department in previous years, when it was first awarded this certificate in 2015).
Méndez Martín said, “Offering a quality service to our users, who belong to the section of society in search of work, and the businesses who are looking for assessment assistance, that’s our daily challenge”. He praised the work of his colleague Ermitas Moreira as well. He said the priority for his department was to ensure that anyone who contacted them in search of a solution to their problems received personal attention and a quality service. “Unfortunately we cannot solve every single problem, we don’t have magic wands to create jobs for everyone, but what we can do is offer professional service and attention, and ensure proper and actual responses to problems and open a door to hope to those seeking assistance”.
The certificate is awarded every two years during which time the Bureau Vertias are evaluating and invigilating the work of the companies in line for certification. That the Adeje department has been awarded for a second consecutive time is rewarding, says the councillor, as it indicated “that we are improving and growing with our commitment to all those who are looking for work or seeking to improve their working potential”.
EFQM (the European Foundation for Quality Management) is a not-for-profit membership foundation in Brussels, established in 1989 to increase the competiveness of the European economy. It looks to establish a global vision in companies to encourage and stimulate improvement and excellence in work practises. According to Francisco Martón Santamaría, in Adeje’s case, “the protagonists are the workers in the Adeje department – we know that in many cases to receive the certificate a second time can be more difficult as it requires an application to the job that is continuous and constant and requires the full commitment of all those involved”. He congratulated the Adeje department, as it is, he said, “a centre for preparation for workers allowing them to choose a route, a path to stability and to gainful employment”.
Last week Adeje council invited the winners of a healthy food art competition to the department of health to receive their prizes. The aim of the competition was to encourage healthier lifestyles among the borough’s young people.
As the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, explained, during April of this year the council, through the public primary schools, introduced a competition under the slogan (translated) “Eat healthily, live healthily”. The main aim was to help the children assimilate information leading them to improve their eating habits and thus prevent the later development of health issues related to inadequate nutrition.
The competition was directed at children in primary schools, in particular promoting the importance of fruit and vegetables in the pursuit of a balanced diet, meaning the body gets the nutrition it needs to grow and develop. There were different categories depending on the ages of the student.
The winners were Maryam Lagder Rodríguez (CEIP Fañabe), Valentina Peroni (CEIP Armeñime) and Gabriela Rivero Siverio (CEIP Las Torres). Their parents were presented with their prizes in the offices of the department of health, where they were given vouchers for schools materials for this year.
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A host of artists will perform in Madrid to raise funds for the Adeje centre
This morning details were announced of the Lyrica festival that is taking place in the Teatro Real in Madrid on October 20th to raise funds for the Adeje-based Asociación San Juan.
Present at the press conference were Adeje councillor for social welfare and diversity Isabel Fernández González, the president of the Asociación San Juan, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, soprano and honorary patron of the association, Isabel Rey, José Manuel de la Cruz from the concert sponsor Endesa and the executive producer of the gala event, Carlos Marén.
Isabel Rey said that this year there would be many top European artists who would be using this concert to perform for the first time in Spain, and many others who were disappointed as their schedules wouldn’t permit them to take part. “It’s so moving, that so many people want to take part”, she said. “We have created an event that is loved by the public but by opera singers too…they want to be here, and want to help the Asociaicón San Juan”. International tenors such as Christoph Strehl and Piotr Beczala and soprano Elena Mosuk will join many others on stage, for this lyrical spectacular.
According to the producer “Tickets prices have been designed to allow everyone attend, with prices from €7 to €80”, and are now on sale online (through the Teatro Real website, http://www.teatro-real.com/es/temporada-17-18/conciertos-y-recitales/iv-fiesta-lirica-endesa) with a ‘row zero’ also on sale for those who cannot attend but would like to donate.
Adeje councillor Isabel Fernández Gonzalez congratulated the organisers of the event and the on-going contribution the association make to society. “I have already bought my ticket, and you need to buy yours quickly as they will sell out”, she urged people.
The Asociación San Juan, in Adeje town, is a centre for curative education and social therapy promoting an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance. The centre works for the social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.
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The overall aim of the project is to help identify and assist those who the economic recovery may have left behind, and are at risk of social exclusion.
Earlier this week the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez signed an agreement with the Cruz Roja that will see both bodies working to improve the conditions of those in Adeje who are seen to be most at risk and socially vulnerable. The overall aim of the project, under the title “Adeje Diversifica y Emplea”, (Adeje, diversification and employment), is to help identify and assist those who the economic recovery may have left behind, and are at risk of social exclusion.
An expert qualified team will lead the project which will operate along two specific lines. In the first instance the team will be identifying those who are without personal resources and living in below-standard conditions or accommodation. Those individuals who are also in need of specially adapted homes due to age or special needs will also fall into this category.
Up to eight people will be hired to work for 30 hours a week over a five month period to improve those homes identified under the scheme, and these workers would also be individuals who are currently unemployed, with no qualifications and having difficulties in finding work.
The second part of the project will offer training in warehouse and practical placements with companies in the sector who hire the new trainees. The training course will be developed in conjunction with the companies and is designed for those who are over 30 and unemployed.
The cost of the project is €107.000 and will be funded in its entirety by the Adeje Council
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Today, September 12th, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presented the Walk to School pilot project to the press and public. The idea would be that the safety of the students walking to school is the concern of the community, and that the children can also learn to walk to school themselves, increasing their self-esteem as well as supporting healthier habits.
The project has four main principles, “safety, sustainability, quality of life and the relative independence of the children”, according to the mayor who added that this was a pilot scheme “that calls for the implication of everyone in the wider education community – “teachers, parents, students and school administrations, as well as the people who live and work in Adeje, who need to work with us to ensure the advancement of the scheme”.
The mayor explained that “the project is continuously developing and adapting to the demands and needs that are being brought to our attention by the schools. What we are doing is working to invite the participation of the larger community which will itself help promote values of respect, social harmony and civic duty to name just a few”.
The plan will see the evolution of a network of safe routes to encourage more children to walk or cycle or use public transport to arrive at their schools. This would also see a reduction in the number cars driving to local infant and primary schools, reducing pollution and traffic jams at school gates, and therefore also increasing student safety. The plan encourages more children to engage in extra physical activities, and contribute to their overall health.
Rodríguez Fraga also stressed that another advantage would be that children would be able “to reclaim what is theirs – the streets, the avenues, the pavements and the parks, and allow them walk on their own or in the company of their friends, thus helping them develop their own self-esteem, social skills and learn through interaction and co-operation”.
The plan would introduce meeting points where children would be met by monitors who would be responsible for ensuring students arrive to school, so parents will no longer have to worry about trying to park outside school gates. In parallel there will be sessions for students about road safety and concerns by experts in the relevant fields, with prevention being the underlying theme.
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This Saturday, September 16th, the Swim for Life is taking place at T3, Tenerife Top Training. This is the fourth year the event is taking place as part of the overall ‘Walk for Life’ movement which has grown every year and now sees thousands of women and men taking part in a selection of breast cancer awareness raising activities.
Participants in the Swim for Life must be over 14 years of age and people will be asked for a donation of €10 to take part in the event – full registration details www.carreraporlavida.com. All the monies raised go towards the Walk for Life foundation.
The day begins at 10.30am with warm up events in the pool, At 11.30 there will be an Agua Gym session and in parallel water games and diving experiences for those interested.
All participants will be presented with a pink swimming cap and the morning will finish with a special lunch for all, prepared by chef Mario López,
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The bodyboarding championships is taking place this weekend
Tomorrow, September 9th, the El Cabezo La Caleta de Adeje bodyboarding championships are taking place. The competition is part of the Canarian circuit and seen as one of the most important dates in the sport’s calendar.
This week Adeje youth councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares and the Canarian Surf Federation (FCS) president Ángel Lobo Rodrigo, spoke to press about the event, explaining that the four separate competitions taking place on the day are all wave and weather dependent. The categories are the Open Bodyboard, Bodyboard under 18, Dropknee Open and Bodyboard Local Open. All participants must be registered with the federation and the competition will be designed to accommodate the numbers registered to compete and the sea conditions.
The El Coqueluche association are the local event organisers with a number of money prizes on offer, as well as sporting grants. Bodyboarders should have ideal conditions tomorrow, with La Caleta considered one of the best spots for waves coming from both directions, offering perfect clean tubes for top class manoeuvres on the boards.
Ángel Lobo Rodrigo said the organsiers would be doing a 7.30am check and the competition is open from 8am until 8pm. According to Lobo Rodríguez “the La Caleta wave is very special, mythical. It is produced, above all during the summer months, with the waves of the force of the south, waves formed between South Africa and Argentina which travel up the coast of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and Cabo Verde until they reach the southern part of the Canarian archipelago, and La Caleta, bringing us some of the best waves in Europe” for this kind of sport.
Adeje’s schools are ready to receive the hundreds of students who are finishing up their summer holidays this weekend. Primary schools reopen their doors on Monday September 11th and the borough’s secondary schools on Wednesday September 13th.
During the months of July and August the council have invested over €50,000 in repairs to centres in the borough. The Adeje education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera says “this year we have invested money in improvements in all of the borough’s public centres following specific requests from the schools and the works carried out have improved security for pupils in the schools too”.
The works were carried out in conjunction with the department of works and local development under councillors Esther Rivero Vargas and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín. In Fañabe the entrance to the school has been upgraded with resurfacing and improvements to the park as well as an improvement in telecommunications in the school. In Adeje Casco the pavement outside the school’s main lower gate has been extended to offer greater safety to pupils, there is a ramp for those with reduced mobility, the steps to the courts have been improved and there is a new zone for the AMPA (parents’ association).
In Los Olivos the canteen floor has been renewed and there is a new archive area. In Las Torres the school farm has been completed, in Armeñime the sports courts have been resurfaced, the gardens and the school farm upgraded, and in Tijoco Bajo there is a new pavement with adapted paving and the centre’s façade is being redecorated.
While the secondary schools are actually run by a separate body, the council have met some of their outstanding needs and will be installing a new pedestrian access to the IES Adeje II (El Galeón) and installing benches in the IES Adeje I (Los Olivos) patios.
Sanitation facilities have been repaired in all of the borough’s infant and primary schools, classrooms and communal areas painted and garden and greens attended too. Adolfo Alonso Ferrrera: “We have been able to work to meet the requests of the schools in the borough as it is important that the centres are ready for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. We hope that the students can look forward to a year full of hope, learning and discovery”.
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