Safely to school!


The department of resident participation in Adeje, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has proposed the borough’s education centres come together to work on a strategy to promote a ‘Camino Escolar Seguro’, a safe way to get to school. The project will work to improve safety for students as they travel to school from home.

The first phase of the project will see parents asked to take part in a poll/fill in a questionnaire so that planners will be able to analyse the different ways students are travelling to school from home – car, bus, on foot, etc – and thus be able to see where they need to plan or make changes. The second phase will see a number of plans activated that should make everyone aware of the need to improve student safety and seek their participation in doing so.

“On a daily basis we are seeing traffic jams and tailbacks near schools at certain times of the day, which in turn affects people on their way to work. With the new plan we are hope to improve that situation, decrease traffic congestion and guarantee better student safety”, commented the councillor.

The plan was presented to the heads of the various public schools in the borough at last week’s meeting with the council. Eduardo Polo, the provincial head of the Traffic Department was also present, as his department will be taking part in the evolution of the plan.


Tackling bullies


Unfortunately bullying is still very much a reality in schools today, and the Adeje council run a series of programmes to address, tackle and prevent this scourge of the classroom.

Run by the department of equality, the programme is designed for students in the first year of secondary school, their parents, their teachers and the public in general. Certainly when children move from primary into the somewhat more relaxed atmosphere of secondary school it is a time where new behaviours can emerge or existing ones can flourish, so tackling the issue in first year of this new era of the student’s education makes sense.

The course this year will be held in the second week of February with a series of activities designed to increase awareness and improve co-existence in the school setting, promoting non-violent values, dialogue, empathy, solidarity and respect. Respect is paramount in this setting particularly given our multi-cultural community in Adeje, and the course promotes respect for different cultures, body shapes, character, colour, sexuality and creed.

The department has classified bullying as personalised violence that is intentional, repeated and oriented to generate a relationship based on abuse and inequality between the abuser or bullier and the victim. The bully will use intimidation, isolation, threats and insults within the school setting. This resulting situation can cause huge harm to those who suffer.

It is, say the council, up to administrations implicated in the education system to guarantee that students in schools receive all the information needed to combat bullying. This will include how to recognise indicators, risk situations in schools, identifying the different roles children can be pushed into in the classroom, such as passive observer, victims, etc. Confronting the bully, interventions and the knock-on effects for the victim and other pupils will also be examined as well as the legal ramifications.
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Equal education opportunities


Class sizes and new schools buildings under consideration

During a recent visit of Ana Dorta, the regional director general for education centres and infrastructures, the issue of both class sizes and three new centres were discussed.

Dorta visited a number of schools in the borough accompanied by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the councillor for creative development and education Adolfo Alonso, the regional coordinator Jonathan Fumero and departmental heads. The visitors were here to learn first-hand the needs and plans of the borough for a number of essential projects that are underway, and in some cases awaiting final approval from the regional government.

During visits to a number of the borough’s primary and secondary schools the issue of class sizes was raised, as was the need to agree on an acceptable ratio of teachers to pupils. The mayor commented that the growth in class sizes was not new in Adeje and centres needed to be remodelled to meet the increasing demand. As well as other factors, the growth was, he said, “the result of migratory flows and the attractiveness of the borough as a residential area for new families given, among other things, the high employment rate”. Security accessibility and youth activities were other factors discussed by the visitors with the council representatives.


Adolfo Alonso also included a visit to the plots of land that have already been given to the regional government for the construction of a new primary school in Tijoco (the current school is far too small for the number of pupils in the catchment area) and the proposed teacher training college, behind Gran Sur. He added to the agenda the urgent need to accelerate the approval and construction of a third secondary school in the borough, in Las Torres. This latter project is currently in the hands of the regional government offices awaiting a final decision.


“It’s essential that these three projects, which we have asked for for many years, are now dealt with urgently by the regional government”, said the Adeje councillor. “The council have given the land to the Canarian government and we said we are happy to cooperate in whatever we can to progress these building projects. These are not whims of the council, they are plans to meet the real and current needs of our residents. In some cases we need to replace buildings that are obsolete and which simply don’t meet the pupils’ needs. In other cases are are dealing with infrastructures that are fundamental, not just for Adeje but for the whole of the south of Tenerife.

“We are talking about offering training opportunities to our young population with which they can meet the challenges of the labour market head-on, prepared and able to compete at all levels. We are talking about equality of opportunities, innovation and employment, about our young people and their future”, outlined Adolfo Alonso.

Model citizens!


This year’s theme is Vive San Andrés

Students and their families from Adeje’s infant and primary public schools are invited to participate in the V Gadgets/Gizmos competition.

The competition is organised annually by the Department of Creative Development and the theme this year is Vive San Andrés (San Andrés is the fiesta where chestnuts are eaten, new wines are tasted and kids play with go-karts noisy tins and cans) and entries can be submitted between November 16th and 26th. The winners and runners up will be subsequently part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

According to councillor Alonso Ferrera, “the department of creative development, sport and learning is always eager to support initiatives that promote development in the education sector. Following on the success of this competition in previous years, we are delighted to continue with the competition which helps students realise their potential as individuals and with their families in the making of these recycled models”.


The rules, which will be published in the Adeje webpages in Spanish and English outlines that each entry can be made with family members and must use recycled materials (primary material should, where possible, be tins or cans, any other materials must also fall into the recycling category) with San Andrés as the theme. Prizes consist of vouchers for school books and materials to the value of €40 for first place, €25 for second and €15 for third as well as runners up certificates for other entrants.

Winners will be chosen based on, among other things, creativity and originality.


Student grants available

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The Adeje council has just opened the application window for student grants.
Each year the Adeje council spends more than €150,000 in this area. Those wishing to apply can do so now, and the education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, has said the main objective is to “guarantee equality of opportunity in access to eduction for the borough’s young people…this money, granted by the local government, is destined for those less well off. We can never permit the situation to arise where a child cannot study simply because of financial constraints. Last year we allocated more than €150,000 in grant funds and will probably exceed that amount this year”.

Councillor Adolfo Alonso

Councillor Adolfo Alonso

Those wishing to apply for these second and third-level grants can find more information on, or call into the department of education in the Adeje Cultural Centre and ask for the relevant information and forms. The grants are available for secondary students from year 3 upwards and into third level who have lived in Adeje for at least 6 months (and are on the resident’s register). In the case of third level students there are also grants available for living away from home costs, books, material and registration, depending on family income and academic criteria among other factors. More information in the council offices.
Referring to the start of term for infants and primary schools in the borough, Alonso Ferrera noted the work done to repair and renovate the education centres during the summer period, with an investment of €40,000.

School year dates for Adeje

Primary schools reopen on September 9th

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Just in case you were wondering when your little treasures can return to the joys of full time education, here is the official public school calendar for the academic year, courtesy of the Canarian regional government website.
Primary school starts again on September 9th, Secondary (Instituto) on September 14th. The 12th of October is a national holidays as are December 6th and 8th, so, as is quite usual, they have slotted in an extra school holiday on the 7th to bridge the two days. Christmas holidays this year run from December 23rd to January 7th (inclusive) and Easter Week is from March 21st to 25th 2016.
If you are wondering about school book lists, most of the local book shops will have the lists from the schools, and are taking orders/selling books now. As we have discovered, there are very few books that can be carried over from one year to another, but do check with parents of a child from the year ahead in case you can save yourself some money.

10 years of ‘blue pixies’!

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The Adeje municipal crèche, “Duendecillo Azul” (blue pixie) is ten years old and has cared for over 900 children in that time

The Adeje municipal crèche, the Duendecillo Azul (blue pixie) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since opening its doors in 2004 this counci-operated creche has cared for 900 children from the borough. The councillor for education Andrés Pérez Ramos remarked, “in recent years crèches have become one of important resources for mothers and fathers working to build a family life”.

Congratulating the team from the Duendecillo Azul he said, “we are very pleased with the work that has been carried over the last ten years. During this time we have seen the social relevance that this school has in Adeje as a help to families. The council fully understand that to build a more equal future a number of basic pillars of society have to be in place, such as education, training and care for our young people”. He added that there have been many political initiatives which have underlined the importance of infants schools from the point of view of services and attention to young people, all of which have contributed to enhance the participation of women in the workplace.

“As well as assisting families, infant centres have also”, the councillor remarked”, played an increasingly important part in education. Today they are seen as much more than a helping hand for families and are now recognised as an active tool in promoting social equality. “ He said that many studies today emphasise the importance of access to pre-school care centres both for the development of the children as well as for the benefits those children will have when they enter the school system proper. • “Data shows that early schooling can improve academic performance. The principal determining factors continue to be social origins and the educational background the parents of each pupil. Taking into account the importance of this educative period, it would seem to be necessary to continue promoting the use of pre-schooling for all as a way of promoting and encouraging the entry of women into the workplace and the reduction of the existence of social distinctions”.

The idea to create a municipal crèche was first tabled in 1999 when the department of social services carried out a study on the need for a pre-school centre and a class was opened in Las Nieves (Los Olivos) to meet a growing demand from families. The council took the matter seriously and the next step was to open a full pre-school centre in the borough. The objective was to care for children between the ages of 0-3 months old and teach them. Since then the Duendecillo Azul has seen hundreds of local children pass through its doors.

The councillor praised the individuals who work in the centre. “From the beginning the people who work here have dedicated themselves to each and every child and it is a pleasure to see how they help and teach each individual. They are professionals and deserving of every respect for all they do”.

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Bank books help

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Caixa Bank donates school material and books
The aim of the initiative is to guarantee that students from disadvantaged families have equal education opportunities

The Adeje education councillor, Andrés Pérez Ramos met recently with Caixa Bank and AMPA (the parents association for schools) to confirm details of the banks’ commitment to donate school materials and text books to families most in need in the borough. It is the second year in a row that the bank has donated in this manner.

The aim of the initiative is to guarantee that students from disadvantaged families have equal education opportunities and remove difficulties children many have in pursuing their studies.

Pérez Ramos thanked the bank for their donations and the help they were giving families in the borough. He said this extra assistance was “as well as the assistance coming from the department of education”, adding that he was working in conjunction with the councillor for social welfare to give the best possible attention to local residents, and it was this kind of attention to local needs that meant they could also “receive help from other institutions such as Hospiten Sur and the Cruz Roja”.

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Representing the Caixa Bank at the meeting was Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and Eusebio Dorta was there on behalf of the parents’ associations. The donations are part of the bank’s decentralised social programme, the aim of which is to help persons with the greatest needs, using proposals such as this one, in the most efficient way using synergy between institutions such as the Adeje council to reach those on the margins of society. The funding for books is also being spent in Adeje book shops, so “it’s not just benefitting families but local businesses as well”, commented the councillor.












































































































































































Problem-free Back To School

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Adeje South University will begin courses on September 10th
The Adeje councillor for education, Andrés Pérez Ramos, commented that the return to school in the borough seems to have gone off smoothly. From the councillor’s point of view, “we have done our homework to ensure that the 2014-2015 course has begun well”. He continued, “during the summer we carried out a number of reformatin and expansion works that were essential to guarantee that the education centres were ready for the new academic year”.

The works in question saw investment of over €60,000 in various centres and included painting and repair of interior walls, damp-proofing, some bathroom upgrades, new drainage, access zones to centres for pupils with mobility needs, repaving, exterior wall and green zone upgrades, construction of ramps, installation of drinking fountaints, etc.
Infant and primary schools reopened today, September 8th, and secondary schools will welcome pupils back on September 16th. The Adeje South University Campus will see classes begin on September 10th although the official inauguration of term will take place on Friday September 12th in the Convento de San Francisco at 12 midday in the presence of the Rector of the Universidad of La Laguna, Eduardo Domenech, and the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

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.