Pablo Pineda will give the Summer University inaugural address

The  first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree his talk will be (translated) ‘Diversity in the first person’

Pablo Pineda Ferrer is a teacher, writer and actor and well-known as the first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree and he will give the inaugural address, in Spanish, at this year’s opening ceremony of the Adeje Summer University.

The talk will take place on July 19th at 11am in the Adeje Convent (beside the Town Hall), and will be attended by the newly elected Adeje council (elections are this Sunday) and the new University of La Laguna council.

Pablo Pineda is certainly one of the most influential persons with functional diversity in Spain and Latin America, with a keen mind, and will offer a transformative discourse.  As a conference speaker, he has addressed bodies such as the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation on behalf of 100s of millions of people with functional diversity.

Pineda holds a diploma in Teaching and a BA in Educational psychology and his profile grew when he won the Silver Shell award at the 2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance in the film ‘Yo, Tambien de Antonio’.  In the film, he plays the role of a university graduate with Down syndrome, which is quite similar to his real life.

Pablo Pineda was born in 1974 and since 2010 has been working with the Adecco Foundation in Spain, giving presentations at conferences on the labour-integration plan that the foundation is carrying out with him.  He works in developing work projects in dialogue, sensitivity and training for businesses in general, the objective being the elimination of work barriers to those with functional diversity.  He works and campaigns extensively to defend the ‘normality’ of those with alternative needs and to see people with Down syndrome forming part of today’s society in a normalised manner.

He has published a number of books, ‘El reto de aprender’ (the challenge of learning) and ‘Niños con capacidades especialies: manual para padres’ (Children with special needs: parents’ manual).  This teacher and author has also filmed a television programme with actor and rap artist Juan Manuel Montilla – ‘El Langui’.

The inaugural address is a public event, open to everyone.

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Fenáutica 2019 / Las Galletas

The marina of Marina del Sur, located in Las Galletas, will host the third edition of the Tenerife nautical fair Fenáutica on 8th and 9th June. Sustainability, care for the environment and technology will have a prominent presence in the program, where there will be plenty of water sports, music, gastronomy and workshops for the whole family.

The great celebration of the sea, whose admission will be completely free, has set the ambitious goal of overcoming the 13,500 people who attended the last edition.

This new edition of the event is focused, mainly, on raising awareness among the population about the need to respect the environment and take care of the marine environment. In this way, different environmental actions will be carried out, such as the development of information panels and the promotion of recycling, among others. In addition, all the materials used in the leisure and stage area will be compostable and recyclable to contribute with the commitment and make known the danger to which our seas and oceans are exposed.

The 2019 Fenáutica program will also include live competitions such as the Guanche’s Cup regatta or the Canary Islands underwater photo and video competition. The great party of the sea in Arona, Fenáutica is a spectacle that you cannot miss.

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FICMEC 25th May – 2nd June

The municipality of Garachico will host from May 25 to June 2 the International Festival of Environmental Film of the Canary Islands (FICMEC), which this year celebrates its twenty-first edition. The cultural event will once again return to the old convent of San Francisco to present outstanding environmental films in a program that promotes cinema and green awareness along with parallel programming. FICMEC will be directed by David Baute. The cinematographic contest will feature full length and short documentary, fiction and animation feature films, in addition to samples of Vulcanalia and Ecoislas.

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