Earth Day 2021

  • 22nd April 2021 at 09:00

The Europe Direct Information Centre – Gozo (EDIC-Gozo) together with the Global and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Malta have organised a virtual event to celebrate Earth Day and finalise the EDIC GLOBE STEAM Challenge.

The challenge was launched in November and nearly 600 students and 50 educators from 7 schools have participated. Participated schools were Gozo College Xewkija Primary school. Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary school, St Francis Victoria Primary school, Laura Vicuna Primary school, Gozo College Sannat Primary and Special Unit school, Gozo College Rabat Primary School and Gozo College Zebbug Primary school. All schools were provided with seeds of indegenous trees provided by Grow 10 Trees, compost soil provided by EDIC-Gozo and activity sheet to record plant growth provided by GLOBE.

During this event, students from each school presented their work carried out at their schools and at home because of the pandemic shut down.

On Arbor Day, a virtual Q&A session was held as part of this challenge. Mr Stephen Mifsud, botanist at Eco-Gozo within the Ministry for Gozo who gave a detailed insight on the scientific aspect of trees and Mr Adrian Gatt founder of Grow 10 Trees project explained the methods involved in growing and nurturing local trees.

The 7 schools were given a citrus tree each provided by the EDIC – Gozo with a plaque attached to be planted in the shcool garden for successfully completing the challenge.

A certificate was also given to all the schools for the completion of the EDIC GLOBE STEAM Challenge

Dr Denise Mifsud, Gozo College Principal, Ms Bara semerakova, GLOBE Europe and Eurasian Region Coordination Office, Ms Ryan Janda, US Embassy Valletta and Dr Elena Grech, Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta all were impressed with the commitment, enthusiasm and dedication shown by all the students and teachers.