2,900 Gozitan students benefit from more facilities in schools

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Around 2,900 Gozitan students attending 14 schools around Gozo and more than 1,100 participants attending the Gozo Centre for Arts and Crafts, Wistin Camilleri and the School of Music are benefiting from new facilities and a better environment in schools. This has been possible through the projects under the scheme for educational institutions financed by the ecoGozo Action Plan 2010-2012.

This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, during the presentation of funds amounting to around E46,000 to the school representatives which are implementing their respective projects. Through this scheme, every school in Gozo had the possibility to benefit from a total financial aid of ¬3,000 to implement projects by the end of scolastic year 2012/2013.

A total of 16 schools are benefitting from this scheme. These include nine primary schools, seven of which within the Gozo college namely Xewkija, Qala, San Lawrenz, Nadur, Ghajnsielem, Xaghra and Zebbug, and two Church schools being St Therese Primary, Kercem, and the Bishop Conservatory Primary, Victoria. There are two schools at Secondary level, one of which within the Gozo College - Girls Secondary School, and a Church school namely Bishop Conservatory Secondary. Furthermore, the Centre for further studies Sir M.A. Refalo and MCAST Gozo at post-secondary level, the Major Seminary at tertiary level, as well as the School of Music and the Gozo centre for Arts and Crafts, Wistin Camilleri.

The projects include the procuring of sports equipment for six schools, purchasing and installation of audiovisual conference equipment, three gazebos, a music reference library, the purchasing of 5 interactive whiteboards, bicycle racks, a kitchen lab, climbing equipment, purchasing of 10 microscopes for the biology lab, material and lessons regarding pottery, science kits, furniture for school grounds, gymnastic equipment, rubber flooring for a school gym and a discussion on Permaculture promoting organic farming.

While expressing her satisfaction for such participation, Minister Giovanna Debono explained how this scheme is another proof of the continuous work by the Ministry for Gozo for the benefit of students. These projects will continue to help and facilitate the schools environment in Gozo while also complimenting the various embellishing and maintenance work carried out by the same Ministry.

Minister Debono highlighted the positive results achieved by governments investment in the educative system. This applies also to Gozo where, in the last ten years, the number of students furthering their studies at tertiary level doubled, stated the Hon. Giovanna Debono. She also referred to additional amounts to the financial aid to Gozitan students living in Malta which, from 2012, is amounting to E1,200 each year for every student.