Published on 15 January 2018

Engaging schools and communities in Education for Sustainable Development

In its bid to equip learners with an array of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) skills and competences required to develop into informed, active and responsible citizens, each year Nature Trust – FEE Malta partners with various entities and participates in various local and international ESD projects to organise the FEE Fest. The FEE Fest is a three day event were learners can become more familiar with the flagship international ESD programmes  of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE): Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) and Learning About Forests (LEAF); and various other ESD initiatives. This year GCHSS hosted the FEE Fest on its campus between 10th and 12th January 2018  from 9.00 am and 12.30 pm each day.

Besides offering an opportunity to develop ideas for cross-curricular work and get information about various sustainable initiatives, the FEE Fest is an excellent platform for networking in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Participants are free to attend exhibition stalls and scheduled sessions on any day and plan their visit according to their particular interests and needs. This year’s choice of exhibits included:

  • Aqra miegħi – story telling for primary students (National Literacy Agency)
  • Caring for Trees (PARKs-LIFE Project; Saving Buskett)
  • Catch the Drop Project (HSBC Malta Foundation)
  • Eco Gozo (Ministry for Gozo)
  • Experiencing the Fundamental motor skills (Institute for Physical Education & Sport, UoM)
  • Fair Trade Games (Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust)
  • Floor Games (Flick the Switch & We Eat Responsibly)
  • Green Committee (Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary)
  • Healthy and sustainable eating with Fonzu l-Fenek
  • Għidli Storja student projects (St Francis School, Victoria)
  • LEAF (Learning About Forests)
  • Meetings with ministers
  • Prayer Spaces – an interfaith quite space for reflection and prayer about sustainability and creation
  • Presentations about Air and Biodivesity (ERA – Environment & Resources Authority)
  • Promoting Agribusiness in Schools
  • Promoting Organic Farming (Majjistral Eco-Farm)
  • WasteServ
  • Water Explorer Workshops
  • We Eat Responsibly
  • YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment)

The highlight of this year’s event was the face-to-face meeting with the Ministers attending the FEE Fest during which students could ask questions and share their achieed vements with the respective minister. The Hon. Evarist Bartolo (Minister for Education and Employment) visited FEE Fest on the first day and officially opened the event. The Hon. Joe Mizzi (Minister for Energy and Water Management) attended on the following day. Mr Andrew Beane (CEO of HSBC Malta) also attended the event and presented funds related to the Water Explorer Project to 11 participating schools.

A total of 274 students and 66 teachers (and parents) from 30 schools attended this year’s FEE Fest. The event was also featured in the local media:

FEE Fest Day 1 Hon. Bartolo (1) FEE Day 2 Hon. Mizzi