87 primary schools attend Dinja Wahda Primary prize-giving ceremony

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87 primary schools attend Dinja Wahda Primary prize-giving ceremony87 primary schools across Gozo and Malta are today celebrating their outstanding achievements in connecting children with nature through BirdLife Malta’s Dinja Wahda schools programme.

These accomplishments for the 2016-2017 scholastic year were recognised at the Dinja Wahda Primary prize-giving ceremony, which was held at Salina Nature Reserve’s Visitors’ Centre this morning.

53 schools received gold awards, nine schools received silver awards, four schools were awarded with bronze awards and 21 schools with certificates. Seven schools also received a blue banner, after being awarded the gold award three years in a row.

Present at Salina were representatives from all the participating schools including students, teachers and head teachers together with other education officials.

BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana and Bank of Valletta’s PR & Marketing Executive Charles Azzopardi who were accompanied by BirdLife Malta Education Officer, Sarah Brady, distributed the awards.

BirdLife Malta also launched their new children’s book, Ghasafar Madwarna. The second edition of this colourful junior guide to birds in the Maltese Islands created by Victor Falzon is aimed at engaging children in learning about and identifying Maltese nature.

When it was originally published in 2004 this book won the national award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book. BirdLife Malta acknowledged SOF (BirdLife partner in Sweden) for kindly sponsoring the printing of this book.

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