Cap­i­tal re­vealed to Form I stu­dents through a Val­letta 2018, Bank of Val­letta col­lab­o­ra­tion

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Dis­cover Val­letta is a se­ries of brief nar­ra­tives about lo­ca­tions in the cap­i­tal city Val­letta, avail­able in au­dio for­mat through MP3, a pack of flash cards and a map. The packs are be­ing dis­trib­uted to Form 1 stu­dents at­tend­ing state, church and in­de­pen­dent schools around Malta and Gozo.

This was re­vealed dur­ing an event at St Ig­natius Mid­dle School in Ħan­daq, where the se­cond edi­tion of Dis­cover Val­letta packs were pre­sented to the Form I stu­dents. Present for the press con­fer­ence were Ja­son Mi­callef, chair­per­son of Val­letta 2018 Foun­da­tion and Ken­neth Far­ru­gia, Chief Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Bank of Val­letta.

Ad­dress­ing the stu­dents, Mr Mi­callef ex­plained that this project was launched for the first time last year and it re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back both by stu­dents and their teach­ers. “Dis­cover Val­letta is de­liv­er­ing his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural in­for­ma­tion in an in­ter­ac­tive way since chil­dren lis­ten to in­for­ma­tion about 24 sites in Val­letta dur­ing school vis­its to the cap­i­tal,” Mr Mi­callef noted. “Thou­sands of kits are be­ing dis­trib­uted to Form I pupils, ev­ery year up to 2018.”

The Dis­cover Val­letta pack in­cludes an MP3 player, loaded with 24 bi-lin­gual au­dio tracks. Ev­ery track tells the story of a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion in Val­letta. There is also a flash­card that pro­vides fun and ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion about ev­ery lo­ca­tion. A map of Val­letta link­ing the dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions and tracks is also in­cluded in the pack. Stu­dents will be able to re­tain the pack, so that they can re­visit Val­letta and share their ex­pe­ri­ence with their family.

Mr Far­ru­gia ex­pressed the bank’s sat­is­fac­tion at the out­come of the project. He said: “It gives us great sat­is­fac­tion to be col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Val­letta 2018 Foun­da­tion on this ed­u­ca­tional project. Dis­cover Val­letta opens a win­dow on the rich her­itage that our cap­i­tal city en­cap­su­lates and helps chil­dren un­cover hid­den gems. This project puts tech­nol­ogy to good use, pro­vid­ing an in­no­va­tive way in which chil­dren can re­live our his­tory to­gether with their fam­i­lies.” Speaking about the bank’s in­volve­ment, he ex­plained: “It has now been well over 15 years since Bank of Val­letta felt it had to take upon it­self the role of pa­tron of Na­tional Her­itage and Cul­ture. This led us to un­der­take var­i­ous pro­jects, in­clud­ing sev­eral in Val­letta, some of which are places that fea­ture in your pack – Teatru Ma­noel and the Cupola of Santa Ca­te­rina d’Italia to men­tion just two in­stances. As the Mal­tese bank, we feel that we are duty-bound to do our bit to con­serve what has been handed down to us.”

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