New GO fund aims for brighter fu­ture

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

GO has launched the GO for the fu­ture fund, an €80,000 in­vest­ment to sup­port ed­u­ca­tion and the pop­u­lar­i­sa­tion of sci­ence. The fund’s first in­vest­ment will be in sup­port of Aqra Kemm Ti­flah, a project run by the National Lit­er­acy Agency within the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment to en­hance class­room li­braries and en­cour­age chil­dren to spend more time read­ing.

GO’s chief Com­mer­cial of­fi­cer, Kurt Camil­leri said: “GO has been a part of the Mal­tese com­mu­nity for more than 40 years. Through­out that time, with our in­vest­ments in the na­tion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture we have played a fun­da­men­tal role in Malta’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. This con­tin­ues to­day with in­vest­ments in fi­bre to the home in­ter­net and a fi­bre con­nected 4G net­work. It’s im­por­tant that GO con­tin­ues to pro­vide Malta with the in­fra­struc­ture it needs to suc­ceed. But it’s just as im­por­tant that the Mal­tese peo­ple also have the skills to make the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that new tech­nol­ogy pro­vides. It is to help in de­vel­op­ing th­ese skills, that to­day we are launch­ing GO for the fu­ture.

The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, Evarist Bar­tolo said: “Tech­nol­ogy is ubiq­ui­tous in our lives and with de­vel­op­ments in ro­bot­ics, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and con­nec­tiv­ity, any suc­cess­ful ca­reer will re­quire the abil­ity to un­der­stand and use tech­nol­ogy. Of course, at the core of any ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem there must be a fo­cus on lit­er­acy and Aqra Kemm Ti­flah is specif­i­cally de­signed to get young chil­dren in Years 1, 2 and 3 in­ter­ested in read­ing. Lit­er­acy, and a love of read­ing, are key to then de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­est in sci­ence.”

Through Aqra Kemm Ti­flah, ev­ery class­room li­brary in Years 1, 2 and 3 is be­ing pro­vided with 100 high-ap­peal books to en­cour­age chil­dren to read for plea­sure. The books are both fiction and non-fiction, 50 in Mal­tese and 50 in English. In ad­di­tion, other printed and in­ter­ac­tive re­sources will be given to stu­dents in or­der to make read­ing a pos­i­tive and pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. GO’s com­mit­ment to this project in the cur­rent scholas­tic year will be at least €11,000.

In the com­ing weeks GO for the fu­ture will be launch­ing a num­ber of other ini­tia­tives, which are more closely linked to the pop­u­lar­i­sa­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

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