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Dinja Waħda Newsletter April 2015
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Dinja Waħda Newsletter April 2015

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Message from the Dinja Waħda team


Dear Dinja Waħda Coordinators in schools
If I were to ask why you believe that Dinja Waħda is important and why it needs to be delivered, I am sure that your answer would run something on these lines:
  • A clean environment is essential
  • Climate change is real
  • Our survival depends on the basic needs that biodiversity provides.
And yes, I would agree that you are completely right. I would be right in saying that what you do is also a reflection of one’s character.  As an individual there are many ways to show that you care about the environment.  No matter how small or insignificant your actions may seem, they matter.
This legacy will be what our future families will inherit.
 
“But there must be the look ahead, there must be a realization of the fact that to waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
 
Thank you for your continuous support

Maryrit
Dinja Waħda Coordinator
 

Walk for nature

The annual Walk for Nature took place on 15th March. Over one hundred people turned up to enjoy the countryside and to show their support for BirdLife’s education work through the sponsorship money raised. The total amount was €530 and this will be used to create bird feeder starter kits for schools in Malta. The kits will include a bird table, instructions, tips, bird ID sheets and some bird food, helping to make school grounds better for wildlife.  This year the walk went from Rabat to Xemxija, finishing just next to Simar nature reserve. At the end there were activities for the children and prizes to thank everyone who raised sponsorship.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and to all the volunteers who helped to run the event.



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Upcoming events

The next Klabb Ħuttaf activity will be a visit to Buskett Woodland the last week of April to explore the different plants and animals that live there. To get an idea of what the activity will be like here is the blog about the visit last year:

Date: To be confirmed for last week of April.
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Meeting point: Lower carpark in Buskett
Cost: Free
Booking is essential so please email: blmeducommunity@gmail.com
 


 

Seasonal activities

OUT OF AFRICA
Out of Africa is one of the Dinja Waħda activities we developed for Maltese schools. Children learn the difficulties that millions of birds have to overcome when they fly thousands of kilometers across the globe. This activity is a great way to introduce the subject of bird migration and link it to the migration of swifts that are now passing through Malta.

In BirdlifeMalta website you can download extra material to complement the main activity that it can be found in Dinja Waħda's action guide. With the Migration story and the Long journey activity children become more creative, imaginative and at the same time they learn to love and respect animals.

Also, the book Merħba fir-Refuġju ta' Kobikisa is very interesting for children to learn more about
African wildlife conservation. You can find it in the next link:

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Share your stories

As well as getting your feedback forms we love hearing stories about nature activities in your school. If you’d like to have your story shared in our newsletter please send a brief article and photo to dinjawahda@birdlifemalta.org

Developing a Wild Patch at St. Theresa College Lija-Balzan-Iklin Primary
 
It all started about three years ago during the annual Dinja Waħda launch and award giving ceremony. I was talking to Victor and Desirée Falzon about the idea of having a wild patch in our school garden. Mr Falzon embraced the idea fully and offered to come on site to start planning this wildlife garden. The idea was to bring nature and wildlife closer to our students as possible. Ms Falzon also offered us a tour around the West End Garden – a wildlife garden at St. Theresa Secondary School Mrieħel – so that we get an idea of what the wild patch should look like.
 
Shortly after our meeting, Mr Falzon visited the school and we identified an area in the school green belt that was to become our wildlife garden. Mr Falzon soon set up plans for this garden. They showed a good-sized garden with a number of indigenous trees and shrubs  planted alongside a winding path in the middle. A reading area was also planned at the far end of the garden. In the meantime a delegation including the Head of School, two members of staff (myself included) and two students from the EkoSkola Committee visited the West End Garden at St. Theresa Secondary School Mrieħel. We were shown around by Ms. Desirèe Falzon. The students took notes as well as a lot of pictures.
 
As soon as plans were approved by the Head of School,  work could start on the wild patch. The wildlife garden was included in the EkoSkola Action Plan and hence in the School Development Plan.  Mr Falzon continued to offer advice throughout the process. However some setbacks were encountered along the way. These included the unavailability of gardeners and ancillary staff to prepare the area for planting and for setting the gravel path. However so far we have  managed to overcome these problems especially with the help of the School Management Team and the students from the EkoSkola Committee.  God willing we will be able to start planting the indigenous trees and shrubs next November.




 
Picture It Competition and Prize Giving


 
St Francis School Birkirkara recently ran a Picture It competition for their whole school. Picture It is a Dinja Waħda activity where a class, or in this case the whole school, get out into the countryside with their families and take pictures of things in nature which inspire them.  We were invited to judge the competition which proved to be a very difficult task as there were many excellent photos. We also attend the prize giving with the Ħuttafa mascot (much to the excitement of the children) and it was great to see so many young people interested in getting outdoors and exploring. Well done!

The winners were:

Keane Cilia (year 1-2 category)



Adam Caruana (year 3-4 category)



Dawn Galan (year 5-6 category)



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