Europe Direct Information Centre Victoria, Gozo in collaboration with Nature Trust – FEE Malta, on the 3rd December, celebrated the achievements made by schools in Gozo participating in the EkoSkola Malta / LEAF Learning about Forests Malta programmes.

For the fourth consecutive year schools were provided with topics which fall under the priorities of the European Union. Though this year due to the pandemic of COVID-19 schools were closed in mid-March four schools excelled in their endeavor by getting not only students but also their families on board.

St Francis Kindergarten School in Nadur focused on Climate Change through investigating how marine life is being affected through human actions.

St Francis Primary school in Victoria focused on Climate Change whilst the younger year groups focused on Marine Life.

Gozo College Xewkija Primary school researched about Fig Trees growing on the Maltese islands, tackled the research from a different angle covering planting, propagation, green up and green down, growth rate, different species, product made from figs and recipes using figs.

Gozo College Middle school students also chose plastic Marine Litter as their main focus making a full-blown investigation on the effects of plastic litter on seawater temperature and pH values.

The judges had a hard time choosing between the projects since the amount of work was impressive, besides the whole school approach, the community outreach, one even involving contacts with a foreign school and the enthusiasm shown by the students to care for the world and make it better.

Gozo College Middle School won the 1st Prize and was awarded an aerosol sun photometer sponsored by the Bank of Valletta plc

With their award money funded by the Europe Direct Information Centre-Victoria Gozo, one school bought trees for the school's garden whilst the other two schools chose bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws and reusable vegetable bags to give to students and parents to further promote sustainable living.

Vincent Attard, Nature Trust-FEE Malta Executive President, Horace Laudi, Chief Officer Retail Banking at Bank of Valletta plc and Dr Elena Grech, Head of the European Commission Representaion in Malta were impressed by the amount of work and enthusiasm shown by all students thanked and congratulated them for their efforts and insistence to learn to live sustainably and help and guide adults to do the same to have a better world.

For photos click here.