On the first morning we went to the Gozo College Żebbuġ Primary. We had a warm welcome at the school from all the children and their teachers. A girl from 6th grade gave us a speech and after that the children sang the song (European Hyme) for us.
We had some typical local food with coffee and lunch. The children from Estonia and the Netherlands gave their presentations at the school for the other travelling children and teachers. Two teachers from Gozo joined us. Because of the covid situation we couldn’t join the local classes.
After that we got a science lesson from mister Omar Rababah. The 6th grade children joined us by a video call. We experienced how to filter dirty water ourselves. After lunch Ruben joined the travelling children and teachers to Dwejra. We experienced the beautiful coastal nature by kayak and the great undersea garden in the Panacea Museum.
On Tuesday the weather was changing into stormy weather. That’s why we couldn’t follow the program. Instead of going to Comino by boat, we went on a beautiful tracking trail near the coast. We started at Gharb and walked to the west coast. It was a really great walk in the beautiful nature of Gozo.
The day after we went back to the Primary School of Zebbug. We had a lesson about anti-xenophobia from a special task teacher. The 5th graders joined our lesson by video call. It was a great way to work together during the Covid measurements. The children from Austria and Spain also gave their presentations about their hometown and family. It was great to know each other a little bit better in this way. All the students from Primary School of Zebbug joined our presentations by video call. In the afternoon we went for a walk around Citadella in the capital city, Victoria. After the walk around the Citadella, we went for a walk through Victoria. We also went to a church and had a meeting with the priest who told us a lot about the history of the church.
On Thursday we visited the oldest temple of Xaghra in the morning. There was even a museum where we took a little visit. The children made their own composition of a human being from that time, working in small groups together. After that we visited an old windmill to get to know a little bit more about how it used to work. In the afternoon we met a few kids from the Primary School of Zebbug in a restaurant and had dinner together. It was a very festive evening and the kids had a great time together.
Our last day was on friday. We spent the morning at the Primary School of Zebbug. We did some sports activities in the gym of the school. Before lunch the school had a little surprise for us. The head of the school took us to a secret place in the school and the hidden treasure was an old classroom. It looked like a classroom from the 30’s.
After our last lunch at the school it was time to go to Malta and to say goodbye to the colleagues and school in Gozo. We had a really great time together and we will keep in touch.
After this great trip we organised a presentation for our school. During the presentation we showed the children and colleagues our findings from Gozo. There are a lot of children from the east of Europe and refugees at the school of Zebbug. This requires adjustment in the way of education. Also the sharp measures regarding covid showed us how difficult it is to teach with few resources. During the presentation we answered some questions. This is a great way to learn about another culture.
We had a great time on Gozo.
Anton, Loes, Naomi, Nino, Lev, Feline and Hannah.