IMPATT – Encouraging young people to participate in local and national decision making

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in partnership with the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ invites Middle Schools to participate in a new ESD initiative, named IMPATT. This initiative aims to encourage young people in Years 7 and 8 to actively participate in local and national democratic decision-making. During this scholastic year, IMPATT will, hence, provide an opportunity to Middle school students to research historical and cultural heritage pertaining to several Maltese localities, while analysing how the course of time impacted their respective social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions. This initiative will also require participating students to draft brief proposals encouraging Local Councils to ensure further sustainable development aligned to Malta’s Sustainable Development Vision 2050. In this context, schools are invited to participate in this initiative by nominating a team of between 5 and 8 students and a link educator. IMPATT initiative will unfold as per schedule below:

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Online Sessions on Indigenous Trees for Years 5-10

Xrobb L-Għaġin Nature Park in collaboration with the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes and Ambjent Malta, is providing online sessions about indigenous trees for Yrs 5 to 10 as part of its Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programme. The sessions are aligned mostly to the learning outcomes of the cross-curricular theme Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and cross-referenced with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They provide opportunities to get acquainted with the local trees and shrubs species, their life cycle and adaptations that help them thrive in the Mediterranean climate. They also aim at understanding the relevance of safeguarding vegetation in relation to environmental matters such as climate change and the urban heat islands effect. To this effect, tree height measurements will be carried out as part of the actions of Xrobb l-Għaġin GLOBE site within the international science education GLOBE programme, targeting to stimulate critical thinking on how trees cool and moisten our air, replenish oxygen and help balance our carbon budget.

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