Travel Broadens the Mind!

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Adeje’s department of education is helping to fund student trips

The Adeje department of education, under councillor Andrés Pérez, say that about 300 students have benefited from financial assistance in travel and what is termed ‘social tourism’ as part of the academic cycle. This initiative, which has been ongoing for a number of years now, allows the council “work in conjunction with the borough’s education centres to help fund different trips which have stated social and educational objectives”, said the councillor.

To avail of this particular travel grant students have to be signed up on the Adeje ‘padron’ (residential register) for at least six months and currently studying in one of the borough’s public schools, among other conditions. Pérez says, “the help the council is happy to give to this kind of project is not a new initiative. We firmly believe in any assistance we can offer to our young people in getting to know other cultures, a branch of learning which is fundamental to their personal development”.

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The councillor added that “the young people who take part in these trips become mini-ambassadors for our borough, and we are hoping to see these kind of initiatives continue for the school-going population as they give young people a different view of the world in which we live”.

In parallel the Adeje department of education is also working in partnership with the AMPAS (the schools’ parents associations) to assist in transport costs, etc, where and when necessary.

This year students from all the borough’s primary schools – Adeje, Las Torres, Armeñime, Fañabe, Tijoco and Los Olivos – have been involved, as well as representatives from the secondary schools in Los Olivos and El Galeón. Places visited included Asturias, Lanzarote, La Palma, Italy and Barcelona.

The council has also cooperated with the Comenius programme which works to reinforce mobility within Europe and partnership between different education centres across the continent. During the last academic year students from the borough took part in Comenius-sponsored visits to Poland and Manchester.



New classrooms for IES Los Olivos

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“We want to be able to guarantee that we have in place adequate infrastructures to meet the educational demand”

Building is underway on three new classrooms in the Los Olivos IES (secondary school) in Adeje.

According to the Adeje councillor for education, Andrés Pérez Ramos, who met with the director of the school Luisa González Expósito to see the work in progress, the new classrooms are part of ongoing work in the borough to improve the public educational centres in Adeje. He explained that these work, part of the RAM (Reform, Amplification< and Improvement) project, are carried out via the regional department of education and are designed to ensure that students at each stage of their education have access to proper educational infrastructures and equipment.

Luisa González Expósito explained that “these classrooms are not designed for any particular subject, but for the student population in general, and the overall aim is to improve the school given the number of students attending”. She added that work to keep the school in condition is ongoing throughout the year, and hopefully students would be able to use these new classrooms by December of this year.

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Andrés Pérez added “these public education centres serve an important school population and our ongoing commitment is to work in partnership with the regional department of education to offer our students the best possible centre with new and fully equipped classrooms”.

During the meeting the increase in the student body was also mentioned which has seen the need to increase the number of places to 1,200 approximately. Given this demand, the councillor said “before the end of the council’s current term of office we want to be able to guarantee that we have in place adequate infrastructures to meet the educational demand for the present and the immediate future in Adeje”.