Students, gender and stereo-typing

 

The Adeje councillors for equality and youth, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and Zebenzui Chinea Linares, organised an event yesterday (Thursday) for over 400 3rd and 4th year secondary school students from the borough, as part of events leading up to International Day Against Violence Against Women on November 25th. This was a video-forum where the students had the opportunity to debate relevant concepts already discussed in class, resolve doubts and suggest ways in which things could be improved in the area of gender equality.

Using audio-visual supports in the Adeje cultural centre, the students were able to explore issues of gender violence in its many forms and how to identify it and deal with it. They also discussed myths and stereotypes associated with gender violence and gender identification as well as romantic relationships.

 

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What to do in an emergency?

 

Adeje is inviting members of the public to suggest additional measures in emergency planning

The Adeje council and the Cruz Roja are organising a series of days to elaborate a programme to deal with security, emergencies and catastrophes, and they are inviting members of the public to add to the plan. The final date for suggestions is December 15th and people are invited to send their proposals to escuela@adeje.es. The final version of the plan will be discussed during March 2018.

According to councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “we want to make sure these working days have a participative element, to encourage and include ideas from local residents”.

The programme has three pillars already established. In the first place the response of the co-ordinated emergency team is in place, dealing with emergencies at local, national or international levels where relevant, with a panel of experienced personnel. The second point refers to analysis of the situation and the development of technologies in the field of emergency response and the third pillar examines the strengths and weaknesses of both public and private safety bodies and measures.

From these bases the programme is being developed and expanded and the councillor is making a special appeal to experts in the sector to help in the development and deployment of the plan to allow it meet properly the needs of any real emergency.

The ideas sent will be evaluated by the technical team responsible, and during January and February the final programme proposals will be evaluated.

 

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Citizen participation workshops

 

Adeje’s Muslim community offer social harmony events

Adeje’s Muslim community, through the offices of the Canarian Islamic Federation and with the collaboration of the Adeje council and other bodies, are organising a series of social harmony events in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, who is in charge of the borough’s school for security and social harmony, announced details of these “days for the promotion of citizen participation”. He commented that “the school of security and social harmony is a training centre and a meeting place where we work to encourage active citizen participation through forums and debates, all designed to enrich peaceful co-existence and a fruitful exchange of ideas, contributing to the better evolution of our local society”.

The working days will be presented by expert psychologist Abdelkader Masfene, who will deal with issues under a number of themes, such as educational values, emotional challenges to social harmony, and respect and discipline. His presentations will be on November 8th, 9th and 10th at 5.30pm in the security school centre in Los Olivos.

There will be a round table discussion on citizen participation on Friday November 10th, with María Victoria Contreras Ortega, Eva Luz Cabrera García, Abdelkadre Masfene and Housein El Ouriachi, and the moderator will be Sergio Pau Hernández.

In parallel and from November 8th to 12th, a number of mosques in El Fraile, Los Cristianos, Vecindario and Maspalomas will be hosting workshops on education, co-existence, respect and citizenship.
 

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Adeje hosting Brexit event

The event is open to the public, residents and visitors

 

Are you a British resident here in Adeje, in South Tenerife? Are you confused by Brexit? Have you some key questions you want answered?

Next Wednesday, October 18th, Tim Hemmings, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy, will host a public meeting at 12 noon, in the Adeje Cultural Centre. The event is open to all members of the public, residents and visitors.

The consul for the Canary Islands Charmaine Arbouin and the Tenerife vice-consul and permanent representative Helen Keating will also be in attendance. Adeje councillor for institutional relations Zebenzui Chinea Linares will inaugurate the meeting.

Stability of pensions, availability of health care, retirement rights, job and residential security are just some of the concerns that are voiced on a regular basis by residents.

The event is being held in the Aula Magna, second floor, Adeje Cultural Centre, and Mr Hemmings and the team will work to address the questions of British residents and visitors, many of whom own property here or live here for up to six months of the year and want to see how their rights may be affected.

No registration is needed to attend the event, but seating will be limited.

 

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Autumn courses in Adeje

 

The Adeje School of Security and Social Harmony, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has just published information on a number of Autumn courses open to the public. Courses start at the end of October.

Those wishing for a pool lifeguard qualification can take part in a course running from October 23rd to 27th, with a swimming test to prove competence on October 19th. There is also a course on use of a defibrillator (November 24th) , and training in self-defence (November 14th 16th). There are also courses on offer on basic auxiliary care.

More information on courses and registration on www.adeje.es/escuelaseguridad.

 

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Waiting for the La Caleta wave

 

The bodyboarding championships is taking place this weekend

Tomorrow, September 9th, the El Cabezo La Caleta de Adeje bodyboarding championships are taking place. The competition is part of the Canarian circuit and seen as one of the most important dates in the sport’s calendar.

This week Adeje youth councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares and the Canarian Surf Federation (FCS) president Ángel Lobo Rodrigo, spoke to press about the event, explaining that the four separate competitions taking place on the day are all wave and weather dependent. The categories are the Open Bodyboard, Bodyboard under 18, Dropknee Open and Bodyboard Local Open. All participants must be registered with the federation and the competition will be designed to accommodate the numbers registered to compete and the sea conditions.

The El Coqueluche association are the local event organisers with a number of money prizes on offer, as well as sporting grants. Bodyboarders should have ideal conditions tomorrow, with La Caleta considered one of the best spots for waves coming from both directions, offering perfect clean tubes for top class manoeuvres on the boards.

Ángel Lobo Rodrigo said the organsiers would be doing a 7.30am check and the competition is open from 8am until 8pm. According to Lobo Rodríguez “the La Caleta wave is very special, mythical. It is produced, above all during the summer months, with the waves of the force of the south, waves formed between South Africa and Argentina which travel up the coast of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and Cabo Verde until they reach the southern part of the Canarian archipelago, and La Caleta, bringing us some of the best waves in Europe” for this kind of sport.

Even if you are not taking part this is also an excellent spectator sport and a chance to relax in one of Adeje’s excellent coastal spots.
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The Indian government to donate Gandhi statue to Adeje

 


 

 

 

 

The Indian Ambassador to Spain, Venkatesh Varma, met with Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and visited the Peace Park where the statue will be located.
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, hosted a visit from the Indian Ambassador to Spain, Venkatesh Varma, in the Town Hall. Also present were a number of local representatives of the large Hindu community who live in Adeje and other parts of south Tenerife.
Ambassador Varma, who made particular reference to the work Adeje has and continues to do to assist the integration of the Hindu community and all those who come to live here, announced that the Indian government would be donating a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi to the borough. “For us it is an immense honour that one of our most important icons, a man who was a standard bearer for human values and the fight for peace, will have a place in Adeje”, said the Ambassador, adding that all that was left was to confirm technical details for the transport of the statue to the island.

Rodríguez Fraga invited the Ambassador to visit the site where the Peace Park is to be located, in El Madroñal, and where the statue will stand. For the mayor, it was “a great honour to host this visit of the Ambassador”, adding that the local Hindu community were marked by their levels of participation and integration in all of the social and cultural life of the borough, “and they have helped us promote our objective of creating a town where social harmony, peace and co-existence are the pillars of our identity”. Adeje is home to over 700 people of Indian birth, with over 3,000 Indians living in South Tenerife, and, said the mayor, “they take part in activities to do with their own culture as well as becoming a part of our local culture”.


The Ambassador signed the official visitors’ book and also expressed his sadness at the attacks in Catalonia during the week, also signing the book of condolences outside the Town Hall. He said he was speaking on behalf of the Indian government in passing on those condolences.

Present at the official reception were members of different Hindu associations, Adeje councillors for the presidency, institutional relations, and patrimony, Carmen Rosa González, Zebenzui Chinea and Desiderio Afonso. During the welcome the mayor and the Ambassador exchanged gifts and afterwards visited emblematic parts of the town.


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Adeje’s got talent!

 


Aarón Germán Martín Durán, Manuel Gregorio (Bachillerato IES Adeje), Ling Li li, María Magdalena Rodríguez Linares (ESO IES Adeje), Oliver Ferrin Günther, Cristian Bettin y Raya Koleva Zdravkova (ESO IES El Galeón), have all been given a “Jóvenes con Talento” (Youth Talent) award for their excellent grades during the 2016-2017 academic year. Each student received €500 as well a plaque recognising their achievement.

These awards are part of an initiative recognising the effort and work of the students in different second level disciplines in Adeje’s public education centres, and the seven winners are fine examples of the kind of young people the borough are helping. During the meeting with the award winners, Adeje youth councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares encouraged all of the students to continue their top class work and studies. In the majority of cases the awards were received for studies in the science and biology sectors.

“With these awards we are working to encourage all our students in their class work. The initiative has been very well received and will be something we plan to continue with in the coming years”, said councillor Chinea Linares.

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Car theft counter-measures

 

The Adeje School of security and social harmony, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, recently hosted a course for police and other local and national security forces on the latest gang methodology in robbery and sale of cars. 36 people took part and the course was given by members of the Interdocpol organisation.

Interdocpol is an international non-profit organisation, based in different countries and its headquarters in Spain. The organisation consists of partners from different countries and its members are members of the security forces, members of the judiciary, experts and people related to vehicle traffic and documentary and expedition staff with a legitimate interest in combating crime. The objective of the organisation is offering training and information on the current and on-going smuggling of vehicles and forgery through training courses (classroom or online), and exchange of information among its associated members.

Three members of the Interdocpol from Catalonia were in Adeje to direct the course and the high level of participation was indicative of the interest shown by the different security bodies in the information on offer and the quality of the training this organisation offers. As well as agents from Adeje, members of security bodies from Arona, Vizcaya, San Miguel, Granadilla, Guía de Isora, Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Granollers and Santa Cruz de Tenerife were present.

​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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