More than 500 children participate in Skola Sajf
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Around five hundred primary school children in Gozo are attending activities at Skola Sajf centres within the Gozo College, the Don Bosco Oratory and the Arka Respite Centre.
These activities are coordinated by the Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the Skola Sajf section within the Education Division. As in the past years, Club Sajf is also once again being organised in Gozo.
The activities organised during Skola Sajf within the 12 centres focus on learning through play, whereas Club Sajf activities for children attending Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3, include also scholastic learning.
The activities are being animated by student teachers and include dance, games, reading, drawing and other activities such as the teaching of good practices for healthy lifestyles. Moreover, through a language awareness programme, embarked upon this year, two Italian language teachers are regularly visiting all Skola Sajf centres in order to introduce the third language to participating children.
Other teachers are preparing the children from all centres in Gozo, to participate in a talents show, which will be organised as a concluding activity of Skola Sajf. Other activities will include exchanges between Skola Sajf students in Gozo and those in Malta. Through these exchanges, Gozitan students will spend some days in Malta, whilst a group of Maltese children will be hosted in Gozo.
Apart from activities held at the centres, cultural outings are also organised. As in past years, Skola Sajf together with Heritage Malta offered participating children the opportunity to increase their awareness about the island of Gozo’s historical heritage.
During an activity held this morning at the Cittadella, children from two Skola Sajf centres visited the site where works in relation to the restoration of the Cittadella bastions are currently being carried out. During this visit, children were shown several aspects linked to the restoration process of these bastions.
Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo was also present during this visit and explained that this restoration is part of a national project, cofinanced by European funds, where around 6 kilometres of bastions around Malta and Gozo will be restored through an investment of around €36 million. Minister Debono emphasised the need for all to appreciate our historical heritage, whilst stressing the importance of its conservation and preservation.
Skola Sajf in Gozo will run between mid July and the first week of September.