Eight Maltese youths from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School in Naxxar together with and Romanian youths attending the University of Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania were involve in the Erasmus+ Project PECT (Protecting the Environment through Conservation Techniques) for Future Generations which took place in a conservation area run by Fundatia ADEPT and Operation Wallacea at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, in Transylvania, Romania.
The youths worked together with local community members, through a variety of activities for a period of two weeks (21st June – 6th July 2016). The project was EU funded and was carried out over a 5 month period.
“The experience had a very positive outcome on the personal development of individuals; in knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. It also increased the youths’ chances of employability both locally and overseas” expressed Ms Sheryl Green, teacher at the Higher Secondary in Naxxar. “This experience helped foster in participants’ attitudes conducive to environmental protection and conservation”.
The National Co-ordinator for Erasmus+ and CEO of EUPA Mr. Joseph Schembri informed that this project was awarded second place at the World Symposium on Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development in March 2017. “The project proved the importance of lifelong learning experiences that target learning beyond the classroom and that nurture an appreciation of sustainable development, by presenting unique, flexible and challenging experiences to our young people”.
Head of School Mr Gaetano Calleja and College Principal for Further Education Mr Victor Galea were present for the award ceremony and both augured the 8 Maltese youth from the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary and encouraged other young people to take every opportunity to widen their horizons from such learning opportunities taking place in other EU countries.