Education

KikkuThe first educational programme in primary schools was entitled Eco-Gozo through eLearning - a project launched to further promote the embedding of eLearning in everyday teaching and learning activities.  Another initiative forming part of the eco-Gozo educational campaign was the distribution of calendars with specific monthly messages related to the eco-Gozo vision such as healthy eating, health and safety practices, the environment, culture and traditions.

In May 2010, the Eco-Gozo: A Resource Pack for Teachers was launched.  This resource pack develops a number of lessons for primary and secondary school students. A Healthy Eating campaign, targeting all Form 4 students attending state and church Schools was also launched.

Throughout 2010, students had the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities related to the eco-Gozo action plan. These activities, which focused on sports, physical activity and healthy living, were organised by the Special Activities Section within the Gozo College. The activities included trekking events, swimming sessions, cycling, treasure hunts, and, trekking and nature trips to Comino.  Other activities included visits to the Xewkija Farm where through the Hands on Farming Programme, a special hands-on programme on farming and agriculture was offered. This Programme also coordinated tree planting events on Arbor Day and on World Environment Day.

On the 27th of January, Kikku, the new eco-Gozo mascot was launched.  Kikku is the voice of children for Eco-Gozo which will be the front liner to voice the childrens thoughts and ideas on how to make Gozo a better place to live in.  During the launch, an exhibition featuring drawings and thoughts by Gozitan school children was opened.  These had been provided during the Public Consultation phase on eco-Gozo which had included an extensive exercise with Gozitan children through schools.

Between the month of March, the exhibition was set up at the Auberge dItalie in Valletta.  During the opening of the exhibition, Kikku encountered Maltese students.

In June 2011 the Ministry for Gozo and Nature Trust Malta signed an agreement to cooperate in the eco-Schools programme for the coming three years.

In November, a pack consisting of books and other interactive media was distributed to every Gozitan school.  

Id-Djarju ta Kikku which includes all of Kikkus activities, especially those dealing with culture and the environment was launched in April.  In his diary, Kikku narrates his efforts to live a sustainable lifestyle while sharing tips of present and past sustainable practices  in Gozo.  The diary was written by Christabel Attard, drawings made by Marvic Spiteri, graphics by Richard Agius while Kikkus original design is by Martin Attard, an educator in Gozo.

video kikkuThe thoughts expressed by children during the consultation period related to ecoGozo were also gathered and composed in a song named Ma Kikku g'al ekoG'awdex.  As the title states, Kikku along with Gozitan children are portraying positive messages regarding the environment, good healthy practices, seperation of waste, use of alternative energy, afforestation projects and the importance of primary education.  Once can also view this video, by clicking here

Also, cardboard waste bins for paper recycling were distributed to all 2300 students attending primary schools in Gozo which will be present in each class.  These bins were launched on the occasion of the World Environment Day.  These paper recycling containers are designed specifically for children, which can also be coloured.  

A scheme for educational institutions was also issued which helped in creating a more sustainable environment in schools.  More information can be viewed by clicking here.