Gozo College Middle School team wins Water Explorer National Event
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Over the past few months several Water Explorer teams from various schools have embarked on an intriguing quest to raise further awareness about the importance of water – for the Water Explorer National Event, the final of which was held this week.
The Misty Team from Gozo College Middle School was acclaimed as the winning team. The jubilant Water Explorers were presented with a cheque of 500 Euros by Mr Andrew Beane, CEO HSBC Bank Malta. The Misty Team has been working throughout the past months on new ways of saving water.
This team will be representing Malta at the International Event to be held in London in October, whereby the international Water Explorer Team will be announced from the 12 countries taking part.
The schools that entered got involved with various issues such as challenges tackling the issues of water stress to others delving deeper into the virtual water debate they completed several challenges and logged their actions through an interactive online portal.
The online resources they used were aligned to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). A total of 27 schools registered interest with 8 schools making it to the finals this week.
Water Explorer Malta said that explained that several Water Explorer festivals were organised by the participating teams to share good practices as a means of community outreach to entice family members and other stakeholders and spur them into action.
It added that the efforts made by the Water Explorer teams didn’t go unnoticed, as their sterling work was frequently endorsed both locally and also internationally with Maltese schools being four times nominated Global School of the Week and National School of the Month awards.
Five Maltese schools actually made it to the very top of the international leader board out of over 3500 schools.
On the day of the finals there was a short presentation by each finalist school, following which a panel of experts with representatives from Nature Trust – FEE Malta, Eco-Schools, HSBC Water Programme, the Energy and Water Agency and Global Action Plan examined the school’s creativity, in depth research, student empowerment, commitment, linking with the SDGs and finally the displays and discussed any findings and issues pertaining to the respective actions with the Water Explorer team members present.
The Misty Team from Gozo College Middle School were then announced as the winning team.
HSBC Bank Malta also ordered €300 and €200 prizes respectively to the runners up to spend on water saving related projects. hSBC Water Programme is the sole sponsor of the Water Explorer programme internationally coordinated by Global Action Plan and locally managed by Nature Trust – FEE Malta through the Eco-Schools programme.
These 8 schools were shortlisted as finalists, which included 2 from Gozo, and are listed in no order of preference:
St Margaret College, Kalkara Primary School
Maria Regina College, Dun Manwel Attard Young Adult Education Resource Centre, Wardija
Mater Boni Consilii, St Joseph School, Paola
St Nicholas College, Rabat Primary School, Malta
St Clare College, San Gwann Primary School
St Ignatius College, Middle School, Handaq, Qormi
Gozo College Middle School, Victoria, Gozo Ghasri,
Gozo, Laura Vicuna School
The programme is locally supported by the HSBC Water Programme, the HSBC Malta Foundation and Catch the Drop Campaign in collaboration with Ghajn – Water Conservation Awareness Centre.
The Water Explorer programme, managed by Global Action Plan is supported in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Poland, South Africa and the UK.