Adeje’s student grant programme


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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Conflict resolution in families

The social education programme “Educar en Familia” continues in 2018

The Adeje council and the regional department of education, in collaboration with the regional federation of parents associations (FITAPA) and the Tenerife Cabildo, have announced details of this year’s social education programme “Educar en Familia” (education within the family). The aims of the programme are to provide a space where the families with school-going children are able to explore social themes and also arm themselves with the tools and strategies they may need to resolve conflict within the family.
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This training programme is structured through two-hour workshops with different themes looking at the practical and participative themes for families. In Adeje there will be ten such workshops during February, March, April and May, all taking place in the Adeje cultural centre.

Education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera says this is a huge help for parents since its inception a number of years ago, with excellent results. “The course contents have been specialised to deal with certain themes of major interest, such as bullying, drug dependency, how the adolescent brain operates, sexual adolescence, diversity, family harmony, sport and emotional education, prevention of gender violence, etc. “

 

The first session for parents is on February 20th at 6pm, dealing with bullying, and the talk will be given by sociologist, Patricia G Ojeda. All the talks and workshops are in Spanish. Although the workshops are free, you will need to register to take part as places are limited. Email campus@adeje.es. Further information is also available on the council webpage www.adeje.es. During the hours of the workshops care for under 3s is also provided.

Walk to school in safety

 

Today, September 12th, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presented the Walk to School pilot project to the press and public. The idea would be that the safety of the students walking to school is the concern of the community, and that the children can also learn to walk to school themselves, increasing their self-esteem as well as supporting healthier habits.
The project has four main principles, “safety, sustainability, quality of life and the relative independence of the children”, according to the mayor who added that this was a pilot scheme “that calls for the implication of everyone in the wider education community – “teachers, parents, students and school administrations, as well as the people who live and work in Adeje, who need to work with us to ensure the advancement of the scheme”.


The mayor explained that “the project is continuously developing and adapting to the demands and needs that are being brought to our attention by the schools. What we are doing is working to invite the participation of the larger community which will itself help promote values of respect, social harmony and civic duty to name just a few”.
The plan will see the evolution of a network of safe routes to encourage more children to walk or cycle or use public transport to arrive at their schools. This would also see a reduction in the number cars driving to local infant and primary schools, reducing pollution and traffic jams at school gates, and therefore also increasing student safety. The plan encourages more children to engage in extra physical activities, and contribute to their overall health.

Rodríguez Fraga also stressed that another advantage would be that children would be able “to reclaim what is theirs – the streets, the avenues, the pavements and the parks, and allow them walk on their own or in the company of their friends, thus helping them develop their own self-esteem, social skills and learn through interaction and co-operation”.
The plan would introduce meeting points where children would be met by monitors who would be responsible for ensuring students arrive to school, so parents will no longer have to worry about trying to park outside school gates. In parallel there will be sessions for students about road safety and concerns by experts in the relevant fields, with prevention being the underlying theme.

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Everything ready for ‘back to school’

 

Adeje’s schools are ready to receive the hundreds of students who are finishing up their summer holidays this weekend. Primary schools reopen their doors on Monday September 11th and the borough’s secondary schools on Wednesday September 13th.

During the months of July and August the council have invested over €50,000 in repairs to centres in the borough. The Adeje education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera says “this year we have invested money in improvements in all of the borough’s public centres following specific requests from the schools and the works carried out have improved security for pupils in the schools too”.

The works were carried out in conjunction with the department of works and local development under councillors Esther Rivero Vargas and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín. In Fañabe the entrance to the school has been upgraded with resurfacing and improvements to the park as well as an improvement in telecommunications in the school. In Adeje Casco the pavement outside the school’s main lower gate has been extended to offer greater safety to pupils, there is a ramp for those with reduced mobility, the steps to the courts have been improved and there is a new zone for the AMPA (parents’ association).

In Los Olivos the canteen floor has been renewed and there is a new archive area. In Las Torres the school farm has been completed, in Armeñime the sports courts have been resurfaced, the gardens and the school farm upgraded, and in Tijoco Bajo there is a new pavement with adapted paving and the centre’s façade is being redecorated.

While the secondary schools are actually run by a separate body, the council have met some of their outstanding needs and will be installing a new pedestrian access to the IES Adeje II (El Galeón) and installing benches in the IES Adeje I (Los Olivos) patios.

Sanitation facilities have been repaired in all of the borough’s infant and primary schools, classrooms and communal areas painted and garden and greens attended too. Adolfo Alonso Ferrrera: “We have been able to work to meet the requests of the schools in the borough as it is important that the centres are ready for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. We hope that the students can look forward to a year full of hope, learning and discovery”.

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​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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Adeje Summer University, education for all

The Adeje Summer University celebrates 25 years with a new course list

The rector of the University of La Laguna – the ULL – and the mayor of Adeje, presented the Adeje Summer University programme this week, which also marks 25 years of the university in the borough and 225 years since the foundation of the ULL. This summer there will be 6 courses and 14 workshops on offer from July 17th to 21st.
The Adeje mayor said that over those 25 years the courses had changed and adapted to the needs of students, and the summer university had survived the economic crisis that had affected many cultural and social programmes in the islands. Two years ago the organisers had adopted a new format, with shorter courses on three mornings in the week complemented by workshops in the afternoons and evenings, allowing them double the offer and see the number of students attending increase from 200 to 400 attending courses in the week in question, according to the ULL vice rector, Francisco García.
The prices for attending courses have also been modified, and today a course will cost students about €25 and a workshop is €10. Registration for courses opens today, Friday May 12th, and all the relevant information is available here: https://www.ull.es/Private/folder/institucional/ull/wull/cursosdeextension/adeje.html


Tourism, education, medicine, communication, creativity and sport are the general themes to be addressed this summer, open to a different public – not just third level students. In fact information about the summer courses was presented at the tourism trade fair Fitur, opening the possibility to visitors of attending a course or workshop of interest to them during a stay on the island.
The rector, Antonio Martinón, said the Adeje summer university had consolidated and reinforced the concept of extending general learning to other zones, and was now recognised as a valuable educational tool throughout the islands.
The poster this year was designed by a Fine Arts graduate, Alba González, who wanted to display the importance of culture and learning in parallel with recognition of the diversity of the person.

Fañabe students on message!

 

The students from 6th class in Fañabe primary school recently completed a month-long course in radio organised by the Adeje council. During the course they learnt about how this medium of communication works, how to understand the messages transmitted and how to create, write and record messages for radio. The students also had a practical day visiting the Radio Sur 107.9FM studios in the Adeje cultural centre and the press centre.

The initiative was jointly run by the departments of communication and education under councillors Zebenzui Chinea Linares and Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, who agreed on the “need to improve the community skills of the students at this stage in their education and before they enter secondary school”, adding that the students were learning about the importance of constructing and designing a message for communication.

The course was run in two sections; theoretic and practical, with the students, on the final day, preparing a series of radio announcements and publicity spots and recording them in the radio station. During the course the importance of reading as a tool in improving word use and adaption was also emphasised. They also examined how news stories and adverts for radio are constructed.

The 26 students who took part in the course, and the professors from the Fañabe school, were extremely pleased with the results of what was, in essence, a pilot project, with all seeing benefits from the experience. The councillors said “with this course the council is continuing to allow students experience work practises and allow them see the workings of the local administration too”.

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Adeje student grants

 

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The Adeje council, via the department of education, has opened the application period for grant applications for a range of assistances for students from the borough. These include transport and study material grants, residential subventions and other costs that students in both secondary and third level education might incur. They also, importantly, point out that those who might have already applied in September need to do so again as certain procedures have changed.

The councillor with responsibility for the area, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said, “We continue to offer all the help we can to assist those continuing their education, and in this case in particular to those who wish to pursue professional courses, with two distinct lines of assistance to offset primary and secondary costs. And we are taking into account the additional costs students will have if they need to move out of home to another area to take up certain course offers.

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“Here in Adeje we have always encouraged our young people to pursue their studies to get the best possible professional qualifications they can, which in turn allows them aspire to better jobs and salaries as they enter into the workforce. The council is committed to helping our young people develop their potential and we agree that it would be unjust for anyone to have to abandon their chosen career path for economic reasons alone”.

Assistance for transport is on offer for secondary students in 3rd and 4th year, those continuing their studies to Bachillerato level and those pursuing university courses or vocational training in recognised Spanish educational centres. Students must have been registered as resident in Adeje (on the ‘padrón) for at least six months prior to the application. Students have until November 15th to submit their applications and the full application form and list of application guidelines is on the Adeje website, www.adeje.es

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 www.adeje.es, 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.