The Adeje council has awarded the IES Adeje secondary school the town’s gold medal following a unanimous vote of the Adeje council meeting on April 28th. Prior to this the council has only awarded this distinction four times – in 2007 to the borough’s fire fighters and in 2011 to the Adeje School of Folklore, the Adeje Patron Band and the ‘Hermandad del Santísimo’.
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “Today the people of Adeje, represented by the council, recognise the work, the commitment and the service of one of the most noble of pursuits, the training and education of people”. The award was made during a solemn ceremony in the Adeje Convento in the presence of the council, members of the school executive and staff and the regional government director general for education infrastructures, Ana Dortá.
The mayor said that the commitment to a strong public education offer was the guarantee “of social cohesion and equality of opportunities”. The IES Adeje director Félix Pérez Hernández, accepting the medal on the school’s behalf, thanked the council and in particular the mayor “for this distinction…we recognise this award as underlining the importance of second level education. IES Adeje represents all of the education communities in Adeje and in some way we wish to share this award with them. A borough, a council that values the role played by secondary education and professional training in the evolution of Adeje is a borough that supports education and is marking the way forward as a society that is better educated and informed.” He said it was a huge source of pride that it is this local government that is valuing education in this way.
IES Adeje opened its door in 1992, initially operating as Adeje’s professional training institute subsequently becoming the borough’s first public advanced training centre in the south with courses designed specifically for the tourism industry.
Over the years the school evolved into a full-time recognised secondary school offering state-recognised exams such as the Bachillerato and professional training courses, and was given the official IES (Institute of Secondary Education) Adeje title. In fact in 1999 it was the first public education centre in Adeje offering students the opportunity to sit the Bachillerato (A-level equivalent).
Since it opened its doors, IES Adeje has made huge contributions to the borough’s economic development training thousands of professionals in various qualifications now working in the tourist industry. The centre has also seen over 1,300 students attending universities having qualified from there, facilitating, as it does, students from other nearby centres too.
Previous gold medal winners
With this medal the total awarded by the council now comes to five. Previous winners are the Adeje volunteer fire fighters, the Adeje Patron band, the Adeje School of Folklore and the Hermandad del Santísimo, all recognised as bodies that form part of the backbone of Adeje’s society.
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