Mal­tese schools achieve high­est global rank­ings in in­ter­na­tional wa­ter pro­gramme

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Gozo Col­lege Mid­dle School has been cho­sen as the school to rep­re­sent Malta in the in­ter­na­tional Wa­ter Ex­plorer pro­gramme, and will now show­case its wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ef­forts dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional cel­e­bra­tion event in Oc­to­ber in Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don. The top school from each of the 12 par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries will be present.

St Clare Col­lege San Ġwann Pri­mary School and Laura Vi­cuna School were the sec­ond and third place hold­ers re­spec­tively. The judg­ing event proved to be a closely-fought one with all schools tak­ing in­no­va­tive ac­tions in their quest to save wa­ter and raise aware­ness on the dif­fer­ent uses of wa­ter, es­pe­cially hid­den wa­ter (*). It is to be noted that five of the Mal­tese schools qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals have ac­tu­ally been oc­cu­py­ing the top five in­ter­na­tional rank­ings from amongst the 3,500 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools around the world.

The eight fi­nal­ists qual­i­fied af­ter tak­ing var­i­ous wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mea­sures mainly with projects sup­ported by fi­nan­cial grants of­fered by HSBC Malta Wa­ter Pro­gramme. In ad­di­tion to the po­si­tion hold­ers, the other five fi­nal­ists were: St Ni­cholas Col­lege Ra­bat Pri­mary School, St Mar­garet Col­lege Kalkara Pri­mary School, Mater Boni Con­silii St Joseph School in Paola, Maria Regina Col­lege Dun Man­wel At­tard Young Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Re­source Cen­tre in Wardija and St Ig­natius Col­lege Mid­dle School in Ħan­daq.

HSBC Malta CEO An­drew Beane said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see young peo­ple so com­mit­ted to the con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter which is an ever more pre­cious re­source. We are proud to have sup­ported the suc­cess of the Mal­tese and Goz­i­tan schools who have lit­er­ally led the world on this ini­tia­tive and we wish Gozo Col­lege Mid­dle School the very best of luck in the global pro­gramme fi­nals in Lon­don later this year.”

Wa­ter Ex­plorer is a fun, ac­tionori­ented, in­ter­na­tional on­line pro­gramme that in­spires thou­sands of stu­dents to be­come ‘wa­ter ex­plor­ers’ and lead re­lated ac­tions both in their school com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. It was launched in Malta in Novem­ber 2017 and is be­ing co­or­di­nated by Na­ture Trust – FEE Malta through the Eco-Schools pro­gramme.

Man­aged by the NGO Global Ac­tion Plan, the pro­gramme is be­ing fol­lowed in France, Ger­many, Switzer­land, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Poland, South Africa, Ire­land and the UK. Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools are en­cour­aged to link up with schools from other coun­tries to share their ideas and top wa­ter­sav­ing tips. The on­line re­sources are aligned to the United Na­tion’s SDGs (Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals) and are ideal for 8-14 year olds but can freely be used by younger and older stu­dents.

More de­tails about Wa­ter Ex­plorer are avail­able at http://www.wa­ter­ex­plorer.org/ malta, on Face­book https://www.face­book.com/wat er­ex­plor­ermalta/ or by con­tact­ing project co­or­di­na­tor Mar­vic Re­falo at mar­vic@na­turetrust­malta.org

(*) Hid­den wa­ter is the amount of wa­ter it takes to make ev­ery day prod­ucts such as pa­per, plas­tic, metal and fab­ric.

The ac­tion-ori­ented pro­gramme in­spires stu­dents to be­come ‘wa­ter ex­plor­ers’

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