Elevation

A UNIVERSAL SONG MALTA

- By Carien von Backström

Malta is an island nation situated in the Mediterran­ean, with a population of approximat­e 515 000 people. Malta has all the offerings of a First World Country. The transport and communicat­ion sector are a great driving force behind Malta’s growing economy. Currently, Malta only has the University of Malta as government funded tertiary institutio­n. A variety of private tertiary education providers are also working to establish a base in this country.

The Space X mission has recently gained a lot of news coverage, some of which included the lesser-known island of Malta. Think of space and the NASA, USA and Russia pop to mind. Malta’s connection to space has got something to do with medical research and a little bit to do with climate change.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science at the University of Malta, Prof Joseph Borg heads up Project Maleth, Malta’s first ever project to be launched and conducted in Space. The purpose of this project is to conduct biomedical research in space. Bacteria collected from the ulcers of diabetes patients were the identified specimens. These samples are space bound and headed for some high-level research and experiment­ation. This research hopes to provide some insight into the workings of the bacteria and provide possible preventati­ve solutions in the fight against diabetes related illnesses and diseases.

Another aim of the project is to create awareness of climate change. For the past couple of years, a lot of the adult population have been focused on combatting the effects of climate change on earth or create similar-minded awareness. The Corona pandemic has also shown us how significan­t changes can have a positive and lasting effect on the world environmen­t.

Prof Borg enlisted the help of the younger generation to drive the success of this project. Children, teachers and parents from the San Andrea school in Malta were afforded the opportunit­y to partake in the project. The song “Sing for the Climate” was choreograp­hed and recorded, to be broadcast from outer space.

A biocube will be sent to the Internatio­nal

Space Station (ISS). This biocube contains an SD card and two cameras. Apart from the song, drawings, messages and pictures composed on the theme of climate change will also be included. The submission­s were made by children and youths from all over. To further build on the idea, a crowdfundi­ng campaign is also being run by Project Maleth. This allows any member of the public the opportunit­y to also send personaliz­ed messages related to the theme into space – to provide one unified drive for change.

Malta is forging a unique path when it comes to creating environmen­tal awareness towards

Prof Borg enlisted the help of the younger generation to drive the success of this project. Children, teachers and parents from the San Andrea school in Malta were afforded the opportunit­y to partake in the project. The song “Sing for the Climate” was choreograp­hed and recorded, to be broadcast from outer space.

climate change. This is a 360° turn towards the usual point of order when it comes to climate change campaigns. Not only, different, this turn of events is also very smart. This initiative has grabbed the attention of the children, it ignited a new passion to evolve on a collective goal. Malta is by all accounts a very small country. Not high on the list of very technologi­cally advanced some might beg to wonder. But Malta has come leaps and bounds in the advances of space exploratio­n and innovative new technology and developmen­t, and not even considerin­g the other economic developmen­ts.

Aiming to prepare citizens to be productive contributo­rs to the economy of the country and helping each one to develop morally and intellectu­ally, is a clear focused goal of the Government of Malta when it comes to the education system of the country.

Compulsory education up to the level of 16 years of age, offers children a variety of options from state funded schools, church schools to private schools. Children progress through the levels from pre-primary, primary-, secondary and tertiary level. With Project Maleth, Prof Borg wants to provide an opportunit­y where the youth can share their thoughts and opinions on matters of global concern on an unconventi­onal platform. Giving each and everyone a right to a constructi­ve opinion.

If all of the world’s nations can work to develop more unconventi­onal ideologies, the world would most certainly be a better place. Space X launched on 18 August 2021 and will stay in orbit from 28 August 2021 up until 28 October 2021. During this time, the global vision for climate change will sound clear throughout the universe.

REFERENCES:

Facebook. San Andrea School. Accessed 21 August 2021.

Gadgets. WATCH: Maltese School Records An Outof-this-World Song… Literally! 20 July 2021.

Times Malta. Local School’s Climate Change Message to be Beamed from Space. 17 July 2021. Times Malta. Malta to Send Research Capsule to Internatio­nal Space Station. 15 May 2021.

Times Malta. Maltese Researcher­s take their Work to the Final Frontier. 8 August 2021.

Wikipedia. Education in Malta. Accessed 21 August 2021.

Wikipedia. Malta. Accessed 21 August 2021.

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Photo by CALIN STAN on Unsplash

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