First eco-Gozo Teachers' Resource pack launched
The Ministry for Gozo has just launched the Eco-Gozo Teachers' Resource Pack - a collection of resources on themes linked to Sustainable Development which is intended to assist teachers in fostering discussion on sustainable development principles in the classroom. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo launched this pack at the Għajnsielem Primary School. The Hon. Frederick Azzopardi, Parliamentary Assistant at the Ministry for Gozo was also present.
This pack is designed to be used in primary and secondary schools. The content in this package was designed and produced by fifteen Gozitan teachers and the project was coordinated by Dr. Paul J. Pace, Director of the Centre for Environmental Education & Research at the University of Malta.
The material in this pack is designed to fit into the teaching of mainstream subjects already forming part of the National Curriculum; yet focusing on themes concerning Gozo and sustainable development. These include presentations, videos, games, handouts, fieldwork plans and visits to places of interest. Apart from providing material for lessons in subjects such as Social Studies, Art and Science, this package can also be used during the teaching of languages such as Maltese, English, Italian and French. The pack includes, among others, themes such as Gozo's identity, honey making, rubble walls, agriculture and the local feasts.
Minister Debono stated that these Resources will be improving on the teaching tools available in classes, and increase knowledge on Gozo and its' characteristics. She also said that these packages will be distributed to teachers in Malta as well. By doing so the Ministry for Gozo will be using these resources so as to promote and motivate interest in this island amongst the Maltese students and their families.
During this activity, which started with a mime performed by the students at the Ghajnsielem primary school, a demonstration lesson was also held so as to show how the material can be applied. The Minister then presented this publication to the heads of schools in Gozo.