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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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.
The Adeje council have published the norms for applying for schools materials assistance for the 2018-2019 academic year. This applies to students in infants, primary, and secondary school, as well as students taking ”Bachillerato’ and basic professional training courses, who are resident in Adeje.
The period for applying for assistance is from November 19th to December 17th and full information and the forms to be filled in can be downloaded from the official Adeje webpage in the ‘education’ section.
Documents that you will need will include:
Passport or Spanish residency documents of the student and the parent/guardian.
Income-related papers (wage slips, most recent tax returns) for the family – that will apply to everyone who is registered on the Adeje ‘padrón’ as living in the family home. This is because the subsidies are means-tested.
You will also be asked for information regarding the number of adults in the house who may be currently unemployed, in receipt of assistance, or information regarding disabilities, pensions, etc.
The office will also require details of your mortgage or a copy of your rental contract.
(More information, in Spanish http://www.adeje.es/educacion/becas-y-ayudas/3427-ayudas-para-material-escolar-curso-2018-2019)
The president of the regional government, Fernando Clavijo and the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, laid a ceremonial stone at the new CIFP (Integrated Centre for Professional Training) in Adeje. Work began on the construction of the third level centre in July and is scheduled to take 22 months.
The centre will be on the Calle Lisboa close to El Madroñal and the Gran Sur shopping centre, and will be offering training for up to 500 students in areas such as hotel management and tourism, agro-food industries, IT and communication. The land was actually ceded for construction in 2014 and Adeje council asked the regional government to proceed with planning and permissions. That was licenced in 2017 with 85% of funding coming from the European Regional Development fund (FEDER).
“This is a vitally important infrastructure and will give us a new training tool which will increase accessibility to professional positions for our population”, said mayor Rodríguez Fraga. However he did add, “this isn’t enough though – we have many many students who need improved access to ensure they are in an optimum position when it comes to job seeking”. Also present at the ceremonial stone laying were heads of of the education department Ana Dorta, Jonathan Martín and Manuel Jorge, as well as Adeje councillors, Adolfo Alonso, Carmen Rosa González and Andrés Pérez.
The new centre, the CIFP, will become a reference point for professional training in the south of the island, with an expected influx of students from Santiago del Teide to Granadilla.
Fernando Clavijo underlined the “backing the regional government is giving to increase professional training options throughout the islands to meet the need of an increasingly demanding market”. He added that they were here to meet the demands of the student community in the south of Tenerife who needed a first-class professional training institution of this kind.
The new centre will be a four-storey building with class-rooms and practical areas to meet the educative needs of all of the courses that will be on offer.
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Adeje council, through the departments of Education, Works, and Social Services (headed by Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and Esther Rivero Vargas) has been busy during the summer months, and last week the two councillors visited the boroughs’ six public schools to view for themselves the reformation work that has been carried out in each centre.
“With the improvements we are not simply meeting the needs of our education centres, but working to improve student safety in school and upgrading classrooms and recreation zones”, said the councillors.
All of the six primary public schools have been painted, damp treated, tiles and lights replaced. The work has also seen an improvement in playgrounds, toilets, including better conditions for those students with mobility issues, and where relevant, work on school farms has also been completed.
The cost of the work is in the region of €80 thousand and further work is on the cards during the Christmas holidays in December. The councillors said that being able to schedule work twice a year means the council can attend to school needs in a more efficient manner.
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For the second year running the Adeje awards to the borough’s best secondary school students has been won by young women, three from the El Galeón secondary school and four from the Los Olivos school.
The ‘Jóvenes Talento’ (talented youth) prizes, whose aim is to reward effort and work done during the school year , is for secondary school students in public education centres in Adeje. The winners this year are Yaiza Sánchez Mederos, Noemi Parpaiola, Tian Yao, all studying in El Galeón, and Elena León Díaz, Tracy Méndez Díaz. Leila Boukyaou Delgado and Valentina Sebestyenl, students in Los Olivos. Each young women received €500 and Adeje councillor for youth affairs, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, made the presentation.
“These awards were created to reflect the worth of studying, to encourage a culture of dedication and effort, of excellence, and above all of a willingness to learn among our young people” reflected the councillor, adding that next year they would also be taking linguistic ability into consideration, to encourage more people to study and achieve proficiency in a second or third language.
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Adeje Summer University :“More than courses and workshops”.
Yesterday the Adeje councillor for education and sport, Adolfo Alonso, alongside a number of course leaders and the University of La Laguna vice-rector Francisco García, outlined details of this month’s Adeje Summer University, running in the Adeje Cultural Centre from July 23rd – 27th, to the press. The presentation was held in the CajaCanarias Fundación HQ, given their role as one of the main sponsors of the annual summer school.
This is the 26th consecutive year that the summer university has taken place, with Adeje now the university campus in South Tenerife, also running a full tourism degree course. Francisco García commented that three years ago the programme had changed to become more flexible and modular to adapt to the changing profile of summer students, many of whom are not simply looking for extra credits but are, for instance, professionals interested in on-going training and education. The latter group, he commented, are growing in number every year.
The full list of courses and workshops, all of which are in Spanish this year, are available online www.adeje.es/uva, and you can also register online.
The programme offers 14 courses which run over three days and 15 workshops of one day’s duration. The idea, says Adolfo Alonso, is “to offer more than courses and workshops” with a range of parallel complementary activities, book presentations, a different musical event in the Calle Grande every night and a lot more to interest the public in general. During the week different radio stations will be presenting programmes live from the summer campus and the graduation ceremony for students from this year’s tourism degree course will also be held.
The courses are running in two blocks, the first from Monday July 23rd to Wednesday July 25th, and the second from Wednesday July 25th to Friday July 27th, with all classes from 9am to 2pm. Courses include sign language, communication strategies, globalisation and online business, sports journalism, climate change, and subaquatic medicine. Workshops will run from 6pm to 8pm daily.
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Plans, including the conversion of the Tijoco Cultural Centre into a temporary secondary school, were detailed at a recent meeting
The Adeje council has injected over two million euros into education materials, schools upgrades, such as the roof for the courts in the Las Torres primary school, the construction of a multi-use pavilion in Armeñime, the conversion of the Tijoco cultural centre into a temporary secondary school for the next academic year, and other improvements in schools in the borough. The education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, detailed the work schedule to a recent meeting of school principals.
The councillor said, “if there is one thing that marks Adeje out it is our commitment to education in every sense of the word which means we must and do invest in education when needed. Schools are our primary focus as they are the foundation for a good future for our children. These children have the right to develop in the best possible conditions and with equality of opportunities. I know that at times the bureaucracy of other administrations can impede certain advancements, and we as a council have actually taken on work outside our normal responsibilities as we see our education community as hugely important”.
Also present at the meeting were directors of CaixaBank who have been welcome partners in sponsoring extra-curricular activities for the children as well as offering grants and programme assistance. Pilar Quiroga said their social department “Works to help cover demands for books, school materials and food. Each year we have increased the amount donated, now up to €16.000 because for us everything related to education is fundamental for the development of the person. It is marvellous to be able to help, we want to give back to society that which we have received, and without the implication of the Adeje council this wouldn’t have been possible”.
During the meeting Adolfo Alonso told the principals about the need to adapt the Tijoco cultural centre into a provisional secondary school as the current two secondary schools are already full to the point of collapse. So the cultural centre in Tijoco will be given over to the department of education who will convert rooms in to four classrooms for children who have just finished 6th class in primary school in Tijoco Bajo. “Some parents have voiced their doubts about the proposal, which we understand. For many years the council have advised the secondary schools that they would soon reach full capacity. Today the IES El Galeón has almost twice the number it was assigned for. For quite a while the council has set aside a plot of land to give to the regional department of education to build a third secondary school, a matter we have raised with them time and time again. And of course we also are concerned about the fact that only one secondary school in Adeje offers ‘Bachillerato’ courses”. The council have also set aside land for the construction of a vocational college and it is believed the regional education department will announce that work on this will begin soon.
Other annual investments made by the council in local education include monies for transport, school materials, (€350,000 this year), grants to assist students attend university, etc. The council has donated money to the parents’ associations this year to establish the programme that is a ‘walk to school safely’ scheme, currently benefitting over 200 families. The series of workshops for parents have also been of interest, dealing with pertinent matters such as drug dependency, school bullying, truancy, healthy eating habits, helping children to study, etc.
Adolfo Alonso used the time with the school principals to let them know about the up-coming Summer University with 14 courses and 15 workshops, with a wide range of subject matter on offer. There is also a training option for the over 25s via an agreement with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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The Adeje council have just published the requirements for financial aid for students in many courses in third level education (2017-2018) at university or attending recognised professional training centres. The assistance is for Adeje residents who have been on the padrón for at least six months.
The norms for application and allocation were approved at an ordinary Town Hall meeting on April 18th 2018 and are available (in Spanish) on the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es. People can apply from today, June 5th, 2018 until July 2nd and the paperwork needs to be presented to the department of Education in the Adeje cultural centre. Applicants will need to present documentation showing the centre they are registered in, the course they are studying, results from last year’s exams, and financial statements regarding family income, as the grants are means tested.
The offices are open, Mon – Fri, 9am – 2pm, or you can request an appointment by calling 922-75-62-00 ext 4243.
Costs covered by the grants may include transport, accommodation, books and materials. “We these grants we are working to help and encourage Adeje students to continue their studies this year”, said councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.
When the application period is finished the department will publish a list of those who may need to add further information/documentation. Successful applicants will receive between €500 – €550, according to individual circumstances. All notices regarding the process will be posted in the official council channels
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