Gozo Minister meets with Regional EkoSkola Committee for Gozo
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has held the first meeting with the Regional EkoSkola Committee for Gozo.
The idea of establishing a Regional EkoSkola Committee for Gozo was from a suggestion made by students during a meeting of student representatives from 13 of the Eco-Schools committees convened earlier this year by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana.
The request was immediately given a green light by the Minister, who said said that it would be an opportunity to promote active citizenship and to give a voice to young people and students about their future.
During the first meeting, the students mentioned a number of initiatives and projects that they would like to happen in Gozo, to be enjoyed by both present generation and future generations.
Among the projects mentioned were the creation of more public spaces, accessible information on the disposal and recycling of waste, and the implementation of systems that generate natural energy.Dr Caruana advised that there would be an initial sum of € 5,000 to assist in the implementation of the first project that the committee will work on over the coming weeks.
The Minister expressed her satisfaction that the first meeting had proved to have such a positive impact, with space and time for these young students to have a voice and be heard.
The CEO of Nature Trust – FEE Malta Vincent Attard, thanked Minister Caruana for the initiative, which he said, is not only the first one in the islands, but also internationally.
He added that EkoSkola aims to empower children, and the fact that the Minister has established this committee, to both hear and discuss with students environmental issues on a regular basis, is a big positive step forward.
“Nature Trust now hopes that more Regional Committees such as this one in Gozo, will be formed in Malta,” Vincent Attard said.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri