Green Flag Awards for Ghanjsielem & Xewkija schools

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Green Flag Awards for Ghanjsielem & Xewkija schoolsTwo primary schools within the Gozo College were presented with the Green Flag Award. The event took place during the annual Ekoskola Seminar held at the Ghajnsielem primary school.

The Green Flag award is an international recognition awarded to eco-schools who promoted an environmental and sustainable developmental education in their schools.

The Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono presented a second Green Flag Award to the Xewkija Primary School as well as a certificate for the successful participation in the HSBC Eco-Schools Climate Initiative Project. It was the first time that the Ghajnsielem Primary School had been honored with the Green Flag Award. The Girls’ Secondary School was given the Silver Award.

The Minister congratulated the schools in achieving the awards and also “expressed her satisfaction that Gozitan students are participating in the EkoSkola programme that involves 8 million children around the world. The performance of good environmental practices and other initiatives that Gozitan schools take harmonise with the work of the Ministry for Gozo with respect to the eco-Gozo vision.” The Minister also referred to the eco-Gozo scheme for schools to be launched in the coming weeks and through which all schools in Gozo will be able to take advantage of a maximum of €3,000 to carry out projects for the benefit of students in their respective schools.

This seminar was also addressed by Mr Vincent Attard, Coordinator of the Foundation for Environmental Education in Malta, the National Coordinator Professor Paul Pace, Maria Mallia, of WasteServ who gave a presentation on the literature for the European Week for Waste Reduction, as well as Claire Zammit. The programme included the singing of the EkoSkola anthem by children from the Ghanjnsielem Primary School. Also present were Mr. Anthony Zammit, Director Eco-Gozo and Regional Development and the eco-Gozo teacher, Silvana Sultana.

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