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Nova edició del curs d'acolliment lingüístic per a alumnes nouvinguts

cartell2-1-El Consell de Formentera, a través del departament d'Immigració, informa que el pròxim 18 de novembre s'obri el període d'inscripcions per a la nova edició del curs d'acolliment lingüístic destinat per a afavorir la integració d'alumnat nouvingut d'educació Primària. El programa d'enguany comença el 27 de novembre i s'estendrà fins a la finalització del curs.

Aquest curs és una iniciativa que es va plantejar des del departament d'Immigració, motivat pel fet que existeix una major concentració de fracàs escolar i abandonament entre els i les joves immigrants amb relació als natius. Aquest factor esdevé un obstacle per al seu normal desenvolupament econòmic i social.

Els objectius d'aquest curs són donar resposta a les necessitats de l'alumnat nouvingut davant una nova llengua; promoure la igualtat d'oportunitats; potenciar l'aprenentatge i el rendiment escolar de l'alumnat mitjançant la llengua vehicular de l'ensenyament reglat; i millorar les habilitats i actituds associades a la lectura i escriptura. També es vol afavorir la integració social de l'alumnat i propiciar-les una actitud positiva i activa cap a l'aprenentatge de la llengua pròpia de l'illa on resideixen.

Les inscripcions per a aquesta activitat es realitzaran a la conselleria de Benestar Social, a la Vénda dels Brolls número 53, de dilluns a divendres en horari de 9 a 14 hores, del 18 al 22 de novembre. Per a més informació, es pot consultar també al telèfon 971 32 12 71 o bé al correu electrònic This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

15 de novembre de 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Island governments of Formentera and Eivissa chart joint strategy on care for underage minors

reunio---benestar-social1Formentera and Eivissa's councillors of social welfare, Rafael Ramírez and Carolina Escandell, met today on Formentera for a working meeting where discussion centred on various issues affecting the departments, including the arrival of underage minors on the shores of the Pine Islands. Ramírez and Escandell redefined the strategic lines of action and inter-council collaboration in response to a situation they said had “caught everyone off guard” and which, amid the arrival of watercraft on local shores in recent months, “has exceeded any predictions”.

Conseller Ramírez underscored cooperation between the islands, remarking the special nature of the situation and speaking of saturation at the level of the island councils, including Mallorca: “This is why coordination with our regional and national institutions is vital, so we can guarantee migrants' ability to find their place here and thrive socially”. Ramírez said Formentera's social welfare office would take on new personnel in order to follow the youths' cases, and insisted more resources would be needed to ensure the minors' proper care.

For her part, Consellera Escandell described “an emergency no one anticipated and that none of the other island councils had dealt with before”. “Guardianship of underage persons is something we've managed until now, but numbers this year are beyond any predictions”, said the councillor. “All the means at our disposition are outstripped”, she asserted, “we're talking about having to double capacity; no one expected that, and we believe that for the time being, it's going to continue”. Escandell agreed with Ramírez that the circumstances “require support from Palma and Madrid” and said Formentera and Eivissa's two governments would meet periodically to “keep exploring new areas of collaboration and new synergies”.

“There isn't going to be one single fix here”, insisted the Eivissa councilwoman: “We need the strength of many if we intend to give these youth the resources they need”.

And finally, the two councillors highlighted the work of department staff: “We decision-makers can draw strategic lines of action, but the ones dealing with this situation —the dedicated ones, out there on the ground— are the employees of local Formentera and Eivissa governments. That's important”.


29 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

As Formentera prepares for arrival of migrants on coasts, Consell educates islanders on steps to follow

image51Alejandra Ferrer, president of the Consell de Formentera, Rafael Ramírez, Formentera’s chief of social welfare, and Enrique Sánchez Navarrete, Madrid’s envoy in the Pine Islands, told island residents about efforts public administrations have made in recent months in response to the arrival of migrants on Formentera’s coast.

Attendees of the Casa del Poble event heard about the response when watercraft arrive unannounced, the first stage of assistance that migrants receive, the status new arrivals are given depending on whether they are adults or minors, and subsequent steps they are expected to take. Also on hand at the gathering were Formentera’s interior councillor Josep Marí, local police chief Félix Ramos and, commanding officer of the Formentera barracks, José María Estévez.

The president highlighted the “remarkable coordination that takes place between the distinct administrations when migrants arrive on the island” and saluted “the extraordinary efforts of Formentera’s Department of Social Welfare, even weekends”. “We are acutely aware of the humanitarian emergency this represents”, said Ferrer, “and know that, if migrants are braving this crossing, it’s the result of a bigger problem that requires political and social solutions. We’ve pushed for such measures in plenary assemblies”.

Councillor Ramírez pointed out that the support offered by the Consell, available by request, “includes food, clothing, footwear and, if necessary, orientation towards healthcare services”. When migrants are under age, said Ramírez, the local Formentera government is responsible for them: “National police oversee their identification, then staff assess the minor’s situation and the individual becomes responsibility of the Consell de Formentera until the age of eighteen”.

Authority in cases of irregular arrivals lies with the central government. Madrid’s envoy gave an overview of the steps that are taken when a boat arrives unannounced on local shores, what services are offered and what happens to migrants afterwards.

25 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera reports on rules changes for local volunteers

reunio---voluntaris1The social welfare division of the Consell de Formentera hosted a gathering of representatives from volunteer groups on the island to discuss recently enacted legislation on volunteering in the Balearic Islands.

Social welfare conseller Rafa Ramírez talked to the crowd of roughly thirty about the principal changes ahead in how volunteer work is organised, and its uncoupling from public institutions. He pledged local government would “provide the support and impulse that local volunteering needs”. Yesterday, a group volunteers showed interest in creating an association that would coordinate training and organising.

Representatives of the Govern balear will be on Formentera on 22 November to host a training session for local volunteers. The Consell encourages everyone, in a group or solo, to take part in the event. As those in the crowd were reminded at last night’s event, 5 December is International Volunteering Day.


24 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Volunteer info session at Casal d’Entitats

voluntaris-el-dia-de-la-festa-1The social welfare division of the Consell de Formentera reports that this Wednesday 23 October the Casal d’Entitats will host an information session about volunteering.

Details will be provided about new legislation governing volunteer work in the Balearic Islands, efforts to create a local volunteer corps in compliance with the new rules, and workshops on 22 November and International Volunteer Day on 5 December. The info session is geared toward not only comapnies that work with volunteers, but regular islanders who work as voluneers themselves. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


22 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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