Kikku’s Diary launched on World Book Day

The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono launched Id-Djarju ta Kikku (Kikkus Diary) on World Book Day in an activity held at the Gozo Collage Victoria Primary School.

Kikkus Diary launched on World Book DayKikku is the lovable bee mascott created by the Ministry for Gozo to represent Gozitan children across all Eco Gozo projects taking place in Gozo.

Id-Djarju ta Kikku includes all of Kikkus activities, especially those dealing with culture and the environment.  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.

During the launch of the diary, Minister Giovanna Debono stated that although this is Kikkus Diary, this is could easily be the diary of all Gozitan children who have lived the adventure with him throughout the year.  Through this adventure Gozitan children are understanding better their island and are more likely to contribute towards a better Gozo.  The Minister for Gozo suggested that this book should be in every class, read and discussed amongst children in order to help them appriciate more Gozo while committing themselves to the ecoGozo action plan 2010-2012.

The activity was followed by planting of aromatic trees and Kikkus session of physical activitywith all year three students present at the launch.  A reading session was also held on the schools ground.

Other activities related to World Book Day in Gozo included a puppet show based on a story written by year 4 students, reading sessions for year 5 students and a book fair held at the main schools hall.

Six year students wrote and presented an original story the form of a booklet which was exhibited in their school during the whole week.  The winning story was for the first time awarded the Doris Vella Award in remembrance of this teacher who authored various student books. She was also remembered as the school libririan for many years. Minister Debono praised this initative while she encouraged all children to place reading at the centre of their life.