16 schools benefit from the eco-Gozo schools’ scheme
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A number of projects financed under the eco-Gozo schools’ scheme, have been inaugurated this year by the Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo. The Ministry said that each school had the opportunity to benefit from a total grant of €3000.
16 schools have received funds under this scheme. These include nine primary schools, seven of which are within the Gozo college – Xewkija, Qala, San Lawrenz, Nadur, Ghajnsielem, Xaghra and Zebbug and two Church schools – St Therese Primary School, Kercem and the Bishop’s Conservatory Primary School, Victoria.
There are two schools at Secondary level, one of which is the Gozo College Girls Secondary School and a Church school – Bishop’s Conservatory Secondary School.
Also benefitting are the Sir M.A. Refalo Centre for Further Studies and MCAST Gozo at post-secondary level, the Major Seminary at tertiary level, as well as the School of Music and the Wistin Camilleri Gozo centre for Arts and Crafts.
These projects include the procuring of sports equipment, purchasing and installation of audiovisual conference equipment, gazebos, a music reference library, the purchasing of interactive whiteboards, bicycle racks, a kitchen lab, climbing equipment, purchasing of 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.
Some of the projects included, the Gozo College Ghajnsielem Primary, with the conversion of an out of use library room, into a kitchen laboratory, will enable students to be taught basic food preparation skills and allow the organisation of healthy eating sessions.
Sir M.A. Refalo Centre for further studies has been able to purchase 16 new microscopes for the Biology laboratory in order to help students during their Biology lectures. The Ministry said that “this ensures a better education for students and eventually increases the prospect of securing more jobs in the Medical Sector and other science related fields.”
Gozo College Nadur Primary has invested in the refurbishment of the concrete playground, measuring around 220 square metres, with safety mats. These tiles have the capacity of absorbing impacts, minimising the risk of injury to children when using the playground.
The school ground at Gozo College Qala Primary has been equipped with sports/outdoor furniture, which the Ministry said is to enhance the promotion of a healthy lifestyle “and increase the students’ drive for recreational outdoor activities.”
Through the project at Gozo College Zebbug Primary, physical activity is being promoted both during, as well as after, school hours. “The project included the refurbishment of the school’s indoor gymnasium, ensuring the possibility of practising sport activities even in adverse weather conditions,” the Ministry concluded.