Awards for YRE and LEAF participants

Matthew Curmi with both the Maltese and the International AwardsIn the presence of H.E. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the Ambassador of the United States of America and the Hon. Minister Leo Brincat, 97 students from 20 different schools received awards for their contributions in programmes run by Nature Trust Malta; YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment ) and LEAF (Learning about Forests).

Both programmes (YRE and LEAF) complement each other and in their own distinctive way empower students to adopt an active role in environmental decision-making and action in their school community. LEAF focuses on the need to understand and appreciate the key role forests play for sustainable life on our planet. On the other hand, YRE is a programme that engages secondary and post secondary students to carry out investigations on local environment issues and propose solutions through investigative reporting and photojournalism.

It is remarkable to note that in the International YRE programme, Malta competed with over 15 countries and managed to get 6 awards, 3 of which were 1st place, two second and one third. The winners received cameras, smartphones and cash gifts as prizes, and will be participating in an international workshop in Cyprus in September.  

One of these award winners is Matthew Curmi. Matthew, a student from the Gozo College Boys' Secondary, obtained the first prize for participating in the YRE programme and was given a professional photo-camera. His contribution revolved around the impact of glass on the environment and the need to recycle it.

This is what Matthew said in his report:

Use and reuse photo matthew curmi


Glass is like a rock, it doesnt decompose.  A bottle that you throw in the field next door may be broken in a hundred pieces, but it will remain as something foreign to this environment. 

Yet, if recycled it can still be of use to our society.  It only takes a minute to place it in a recycling bin. 

It's your choice!!!!!


Wise words Matthew, well done!

yre leaf awards Gozo College Boys Group with the Minister and the USA Ambassador