Adeje Summer University – courses and workshops


Below is a short summary of the courses and workshops that are running during the Adeje Summer University next week – all courses are in Spanish. Courses run over three days, mornings from 9am – 2pm, (unless otherwise stated) with a one hour break. The workshops are single day classes from 4pm – 8pm. Registration details: http://www.adeje.es/uva

I have left the titles in Spanish with a brief course summary in English.

COURSES
July 23 – 25, 9am – 2pm, Adeje Cultural Centre

Curso práctico de lengua de signos aplicada a la sordera y sordoceguera
The course is for anyone interested in learning basic Spanish sign language, allowing individuals to converse with deaf persons.

Globalización y empresas en red: organización empresarial y nuevas formas de trabajo
For the general public, and professionals in the sector

Periodismo deportivo: narrativas de innovación y emprendimiento
For those already working in the field and students of sports journalism. Members of the public interested in sports will also find this of interest, as will interested athletes or those working in sporting institutions.

La música desde la Biofísica y la Neuropsicofisiología: cerebro, pedagogía y contexto socio-cultural
For students/professionals/those interested in the history of art/psychology/music/biology or health sciences, looking at the most recent investigations into the relationship between music and the brain and music therapies, and the influence of music on different human emotions and social behaviour.

Curso básico para trabajar con un software de gestión hotelera: Aplicación práctica sobre Noray Htl
PLACES FULLY BOOKED: The course will look at using and integration of the Noray hotel management software.

III Congreso Internacional del Periodismo Histórico Canario: Historia y comunicación social en la Macaronesia
10am – 8pm
Congress on social communication in Macaronesia (Canaries, Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde).

July 25th – 27th, 9am – 2pm, Adeje Cultural Centre

Nutrición del/a deportista
For athletes, indivual and team, as well as trainers and coaches, technical sports personnel, monitors, etc.

Cambio climático y sumideros de carbono. Construyendo bosques productivos
For the general public

El deporte desde otra perspectiva
Looking at the world of sport from a different point of view, with personal experiences from those leading the course.

Medicina subacuática e hiperbárica
A theory/practical course on hyperbaric and subaquatic medicine with students learning about the physical principals of diving, related accidents, initial and hospital treatments, and diving-related illnesses.

WORKSHOPS
Adeje Cultural Centre, 4pm – 8pm

July 23rd
Taller práctico de Lengua de signos aplicada a la sordera y sordosordera
Practical workshop in Spanish sign language – basic concepts

“I win You win” en la escuela: aprendiendo cooperativamente
For the general public, learning to work in teams, different models of co-operative methods, conflict resolution.

Periodismo móvil
For students of journalism, working journalists and those interested in the use of mobile technology for story-telling.

July 24th
Creatividad literaria. Fuentes, métodos y técnicas
For writers, readers, professionals, artists and those working in education, libraries, socio-cultural therapists, etc.


July 25th
Innovación comunicativa y cambio social
For university students at all grades interested in spcial work, journalists, etc.

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la Agenda 2030
The workshop looks at the sustainable development objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda, generating ideas and proposals to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Taller de creatividad: autoestima, motivación y zona de confort
Open to all members of the public interested in personal or professional growth. Open to those currently seeking work, workers, professionals, etc.

July 26th
Oratoria, argumentación y debate para la vida cotidiana
For those interested in the art of discussion and debate

Vinos de Canarias: conocerlos y apreciarlos (I)
Workshop in Canarian wines with tastings. Of interest to the public and visitors who would like to know more about local products.

Equidad y paz de géneros, desde una mirada sistémica
Examining beliefs and gender stereotypes. Using new tools to re-examine old gender themes

Taller de creatividad: fijaciones funcionales y pensamiento lateral
Open to all members of the public interested in personal or professional growth. Open to those currently seeking work, workers, professionals, etc.

July 27th
Vinos de Canarias: Conocerlos y apreciarlos (II)
Workshop in Canarian wines with tastings. Of interest to the public and visitors who would like to know more about local products.

 

Adeje’s smart young women

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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Commitment to education in Adeje

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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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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