​Growing with diversity

The Adeje council, in partnership with the Aldeas Infantiles SOS España children’s organisation, are spearheading an interesting campaign which has already seen the borough’s younger residents talk and share their belief on what is important in their lives, their borough and how they and their families can be happy and live well.

“What we are hoping for from this initiative is a partnership to build a future fuelled by hope for the children of Adeje, as they are the future”, says the social harmony councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares. “In recent months the young people here have been bringing us their ideas and suggestions, through school meetings, and we are hoping to organsie a larger event for and about children in Adeje”, he added.

The first phase of the project saw the team visiting the borough’s schools to listen to the children and now they will have feedback from some adults also involved in the project to see how best to proceed and realise many of their ideas.

To develop this phase there will be a series of meetings and the creation of a club in the next school year to allow students meet and exchange ideas for Adeje is being mooted, encouraging them to talk and listen to each other and tease out their suggestions.

The organisers say that it’s important to seek out the children’s talents and reinforce them. Ideas already received include “allowing pets in school, learning how to play, meditation workshops, interactive classes, diversification in after school activities, free WiFi for students, more books in the school libraries, more excursions, celebrate International Day of Families by bringing a family member to school, etc”.

Concentrating on increasing social harmony, students would also have to learn to generate space and time for the exchange of ideas and experiences, create spaces where new friendships can be formed, teach each other new languages, introduce more workshops on recycling and our relationship with nature, and learn to resolve problems through dialogue and help others who are having a bad time.

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Jingle recycled bells!


Adeje is hosting a gadget competition with Christmas theme

This year, for the second year in a row, the education department of Adeje council is organising a gadget or ‘cacharro’ competition through the borough’s public infant and primary schools. All the students in the borough’s schools can take part and submit a gizmo or gadget, and the winning entries will be part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

The Adeje education councilor, Andres Pérez Ramos explained, “We are continuing the work we began last year, beginning autumn with a project concentrating on the value of recycling and reuse from a creative point of view. It’s also an activity that can involve everyone in the family in coming up with an idea, looking for materials, suggesting ways of adapting them, etc”.

The first competition last year was a great success with excellent levels of participation from schools and students all over Adeje. “Here in the council we are delighted at the response from the schools and the teachers and of course without their support it would be impossible to host such a project”, said Pérez Ramos.

To take part in the competition the works submitted must be made from recycled materials, ideally cans and tins as the primary resource and have Christmas as the theme. Other materials can be used but must be a reuse and recyclable.

The prizes will be awarded based on creativity and originality as well as for the participation of the family. The jury will also take the technical complexity of the entry into consideration as well as the relation of the entry to the chosen theme of Christmas.

Each school can pick up to 12 finalists but an outside jury, chosen by the council, will pick the three winning entries from each centre. The three winners will receive a diploma noting their participation in the exhibition, a voucher for books and school materials, the first place to the value of €450, second €25 and third place €15.

Every entry submitted must have a sticker with the name of the work and be accompanied by a sealed envelope with the same entry title on the outside and inside a card repeating the name of the entry as well as the full name of the student, the course, age and contact number.

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.

Getting ready for term time!


Schools in Adeje underwent maintenance work over the summer

According to the Adeje education councillor, Andrés Pérez Ramos the cost of the reforms will be in the region of €60,000 and is part of an annual revision of public education facilities. The councillor says, “the majority of the work has been in maintenance of existing buildings, but this year we have also taken the opportunity to improve and expand the school library in Las Torres and we have installed an environmental classroom in the green zone in the school in Armeñime following a request from the school.”


In the Las Torres college work centred on the library which now boasts a study and reading room, another dedicated to videos and a consultancy zone. The work was carried out in two phases, with an investment of over €20,000, co-funded by the Adeje council and the regional department of education. In Armeñime the work on an environmental classroom was suggested by the directorate of the school, and following an evaluation study by the council and the regional department, given the go-ahead. Pérez Ramos mentioned that the new ‘classroom’ will work alongside the school plot “which allows students to have a better understanding of biodiversity. For that reason we looked positively at the request and included it in the improvement plans. From September students will be able to enjoy an educative experience of the environment first hand, increasing awareness and the need for care of our surroundings”, he added.

The works in the Fañabe school included improvements and the repair of cracks and repainting as well as expanding the school canteen to allow more students enjoy the facilities. Other schools in the borough have seen painting work and damp-proofing of interior walls, improved drain installations, paving, access area upgrades, wheelchair ramps installed, installation of water fountains, patio improvements, etc. According to the councillor all work will be finished before term starts.

Term dates 2014-2015:
Infants and Primary schools return to school on 8 September 2014
Secondary schools return on 10 September 2014
Christmas holidays: 22 December 2014 – 7 Jan 2015 (inclusive)
Easter holidays: 30 March 2014 – 3 April 2015 (inclusive)
End of school year: June 19 2015.
These dates are taken from the regional department of education calendar, local fiestas will also apply, and in Adeje Monday October 13th will see schools closed


Bilingual Course in IES El Galeon

A few parents have been asking how their children can get into the ‘bilingual’ course in the El Galeon secondary school in Adeje, so we made a few inquiries.
According to the school’s secretary, it is a simple enough process, carried out by the school itself. At the moment 30 pupils can pursue their secondary school studies in the bilingual course, that is through English and Spanish. There is no need to apply, in fact you cannot apply from outside. The institute evaluates all the students about to begin secondary school in September based on the marks they have received from their primary schools.
In general a student must have attained a ‘sobresaliente’ or ‘excellent’ in English to be considered, and thereafter, if there are more students than places, their other marks will also be taken into consideration. If the pupil is English they must have also achieved a ‘sobresaliente’ in Spanish at primary level.
There is no application process. The selection is made at the start of the first term and parents are notified and agree, or not, to place their child in the bilingual course.

Picture This!


Knowledge to be theme for photography competition

The Adeje department of culture, under councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt, has released details of the Adeje Summer University’s photography competition. The central theme is knowledge, with entrants asked to present their personal interpretation of learning and the search for it. The winning photograph will mean €600 for the photographer and also be used as the main poster for the XXII Summer University this year.

The date for entries begins this Saturday, March 29th and the competition is open until Wednesday April 9th. Entries should be either delivered to department of culture, or posted but stamped at the post office with the date it is presented to ensure that it qualifies for consideration.

According to the councillor, “the Adeje Summer University has always been a forum for debate and participation and for that reason we want to encourage even more participation in the creative process from the public. Photography encompasses so much – art, science, memory and the human experience and we hope the idea will appeal to a lot of people.”

Those who wish to enter must abide by certain rules and respect the basic theme of knowledge in their final work, as well as displaying their theme development, composition, light, and originality.

The best 20 photographs will form part of an exhibition under the Adeje Summer University title from July 21 – 25th.

Entries must be original and new and not previously published. You may enter just one photograph or a series consisting of three or five images. The width should be between 24 – 30 cm, length 30 – 40 cm. The photograph must also be accompanied by the relevant entry form, which can be downloaded from the Culture section of the council webpage, www.adeje.es.

There will be a prize of €600 for first place and €300 for the runner up.

Adeje Anti-Bullying Campaign for Secondary Schools


The initiative has been organised by the departments of Education and Equality and will give students information to improve the quality of school life and coexistence inside and outside the school grounds

The Adeje Council, through the departments of Education and Equality overseen by councillors Andrés Pérez Ramos and Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, respectively began an anti-bullying campaign in the borough’s secondary schools this week. The campaign will see a series of workshops and informative talks which will help equip students to deal with different situations within the school environment.
The project’s directors say, “these actions are part of the first “Strategic Plan for Equal Opportunities between Adeje’s Women and Men” and will give students a series of know-hows and working tools to improve the quality of their lives inside and outside the school grounds. They added, “here in the Council we understand that education that teaches respect for everyone is vitally important, and teaching about how diversity enriches us and our society is developing respect among equals”.
The programme will give answers to basic questions such as: What exactly constitutes school bullying? Who bullies and why? How do you deal with situations like this? What are the emotional and physical injuries bullying in schools can cause? However above all the team will be working to answer the bigger questions: How can we find a solution to the problem. For these workshops to have full effect it is also important that the teachers are involved as well as the whole student body, parents associations, etc.
Students in these schools will also receive talks on related matters, on sexual behaviour, prevention of homophobia, transphopia and the prevention of violence against women.
The councillors explained, “we are giving our young people the training and information needed to learn to develop an equalitarian society in which respect, harmonious co-existence and dialogue predominate and are the basic fundamental tools for the integration of all”.
The workshops are scheduled to be held in the secondary schools in Los Olivos and El Galeón during the remainder of this school year.

Tackling Truancy

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Adeje will be the headquarters for the “I Forum To Improve Coexistence and Prevention of Truancy” organised by the Tenerife Cabildo, the University of La Laguna and the eight South Tenerife councils.
The forum will work to unite different initiatives within the education community to offer a specialised service to benefit students in each zone. The campaign will also call upon support from the regional department of education and FECAM, the Canarian Towns Federation.
There will be two classroom sessions each of five hours duration and another online session of 25 hours. The classroom sessions will take place in the Adeje cultural centre on November 28th 2013 and January 22nd 2014 from 12 midday to 2pm, and among those in attendance will be those involved in truancy, education, coexistence, youth and citizen participation programmes. The participation of members of the public and teachers from the primary and secondary cycles as well as heads of schools. Those involved in working with families and young people are also invited to take part.
Adeje education councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos remarked that “in Adeje we are constantly looking for solutions that won’t just benefit our own borough, but society as a whole. The creation of this forum will allow us improve the extent of attention we are paying to students and, importantly, will help us create a network with those working directly within the field of promoting coexistence.
Pérez Ramos added that it was important to work together in this regard, establishing joint criteria so that needs could be better met. He also said that it wasn’t the first time that councils from South Tenerife were working together for a common educative aim. “This is something we do frequently as we all understand that our mission is to find workable viable solutions to the different problems that arise when tackling school truancy and promoting harmonious coexistence in our schools and centres”.
To take part in these training days (which will be held in Spanish) you must register via email, absentismoescolarcae@gmail.com. You can also call 922.317.947 for more information, from 9am to midday, and registration is free.


Gadgets and Gizmos!

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Adeje Council is sponsoring a gadget competition in schools in the borough

To mark the festival of San Andrés and as part of the ongoing recycling campaign, Adeje council is encouraging children in local schools to take part in a ‘cacharro’ competition.
A ‘cacharro’ is a gadget or gizmo, toy or model, which in this instance should be made from recycled materials, cans, boxes, etc. The competition is co-ordinated by the council’s education department. Children can submit their entries at their local schools between November 15th and 28th.. Prizes will be school material valued at €40, €25 and €15. The feast day of San Andres, on November 30th, is traditionally celebrated here with children making as much noise as possible dragging string with empty cans or pots and pans tied together.
All children who are currently studying in Adeje’s public schools can take part, and all the projects should be made from recycled materials. This year one of the aims of the campaign is also to promote family participation, so parents are encouraged to help the children in primary schools as much as they like. Students in secondary schools should work individually.
Initial selections will be made by teams at each of the participating schools, and a maximum of 12 finalists from each centre can go forward for selection. After the voting, all the finalists will be on display at the Adeje Cultural Centre.
More details and the rules of the competition can be found on the Adeje website, www.adeje.es