A project by Maria Regina College Mosta Primary A Kindergarten Annexe to transform an unused school area into an ecological haven has been inaugurated after obtaining backing from the HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop.
Linking two important curriculum targets of literary activities and education for sustainable development, Ġnien Naqra Qatra (Garden of Small Drop) created an ecological literacy space incorporating a reused reading chair area and stools made up of recycled wood.
In addition to promoting ecological literacy, the area now serves as a water collection basin to fuel the school’s garden. Over a 12 months period, it is estimated that the new area will collect over 4,800 litres of water. The first harvested water from the area was used to plant an olive tree at an official opening ceremony led by Minister for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change Hon. Leo Brincat.
Minister Brincat explained that with ‘Gnien Naqra Qatra’ children will have the best opportunity to broaden their knowledge by exploring the nature habitat around them. “Teachers deserve every appreciation for their hard work because they are fostering amongst children affection and care for animals, insects, plants and trees.”
In partnership with the HSBC Water Programme, a huge amount of work was undertaken by parents, children and local volunteers over three volunteering Saturdays to bring the project and the new ecological literacy space to life. Two of the parents gave testimonies at the opening ceremony and stressed that the direct involvement of the community has already broadened the awareness of water conservation.
HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop is the largest ever campaign of its kind in Malta and aims to forge a blueprint for progress on sustainability of water as a resource. The Kindergarten project was one of 21 school projects that won funding from the campaign for scholastic year 2014-15.