School children ‘Walk the Talk’ for nature as part of Dinja Wahda programme
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This morning, students from nine primary schools presented awareness-raising posters about environmental issues to the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Dr Leo Brincat, in BirdLife Malta’s Walk the Talk activity from the Dinja Wahda environmental schools programme.
Each poster dealt with topics in one of five categories: The Sea; Wildlife Protection; The Countryside; Reducing Pollution; and Waste Management.
At the event, hosted by Siggiewi Primary C, students presented their posters to Minister Brincat, explaining the environmental problem and what they think should be done about it. The presentations also highlighted why awareness-raising on the issue is important and what people can do in their day-to-day lives to help address environmental problems.
These ranged from how people can help protect the marine environment by taking home their litter when they go to the beach, to how we can reduce pollution by walking more or taking the bus, and overcome the problem of what to do with our rubbish by recycling.
Minister Brincat responded to each of the environmental issues raised by the students’ posters, acknowledging the students’ hard work to make them and the importance of raising awareness of the many different environmental problems we face.
The Minister then faced the difficult task of choosing the two best presentations to award the first and second place prizes.
After much deliberation the class from Zabbar Primary A was awarded second prize for their heart-shaped poster about the importance of recycling. First prize went to the students from Marsaxlokk Primary School, for their poster about reducing pollution, made by which compared positive and negative futures of Marsaxlokk power station.
“We have great trust in you because one day you will help the country change its way way of thinking about the environment and even more, change our behaviour towards the environment,” said Minister Brincat.
The Minister presented all the participating students with certificates in recognition of their work in not only highlighting problems but also identifying solutions that everyone can help to achieve.
In addition to this, MSDEC will be sponsoring the printing of 200 copies of the winning poster, which will be distributed to all primary schools in Malta and Gozo.
Representatives from Bank of Valletta gave a short overview of the Bank’s contribution and initiatives in the environmental arena which positively impact the various environmental aspects and concerns addressed by the children.
“Walk the Talk is about empowering students to make a real difference by sharing what they learn about the environment beyond the limits of the classroom and inspiring people of all ages by showing them what they can do to look after the world around us,” Hannah Chisholm, BirdLife Malta’s Education Manager said. “That’s certainly something we have seen at this event today.”
Dinja Wahda is Bank of Valletta’s and BirdLife Malta’s environmental education programme for primary schools, carried out in collaboration with the Directorate for Quality Standards in Education (DQSE). Bank of Valletta sponsors Dinja Wahda as part of their ongoing corporate Community Programme.
Photos: Marsaxlokk Primary School students with their pair of posters about reducing pollution. Students for the Convent of the Sacred Heart School, St Julian’s, and Zabbar Primary A presenting their heart-shaped poster about the importance of recycling, Photos by Ella Beeson