6,000 children in Gozo and Malta experience nature at first hand

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6,000 children in Gozo and Malta experience nature at first handNearly 6,000 children and young people have experienced nature education through Dinja Wahda during the scholastic year that has just drawn to a close.

The photograph above shows Gozitan school children enjoying a close experience with nature exploring along the wall at the Lunzjata Valley.

Dinja Wahda is BirdLife Malta’s educational programme for primary schools, and Bank of Valletta is the educational partner of this programme.

BirdLife said that it looks after a number of beautiful nature reserves and its “friendly experts” inspire children to understand and enjoy being outdoors and get up close with all wildlife from bugs to birds.

These experiences are vital in laying the foundations for and nurture a lifelong love of nature, BirdLife Malta said.

88 schools participated last year in Dinja Wahda Action Guide – a booklet of activities about wildlife for teachers.

There were also close to 1,000 Year 4 students who received the children’s magazine Il-Huttafa. This magazine is full of fun facts, stories and tips for spotting wildlife.

BirdLife Malta explained that “the reach of the programme and the extent of the impact achieved would not have been possible without the dedicated support of the Dinja Wahda coordinators.

This equates to 122 teachers who actively volunteer their time to coordinate the Dinja Wahda nature activities in their schools.

To thank them for their enthusiasm and effort, BirdLife Malta said that a number of events were organised. These included Training on Outdoor Learning, Networking Outdoor Sessions, Seminars, a Shearwater boat trip as well as the Awards ceremony.

Photograph by BirdLife Malta

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