Green Flag Awards hosted by the President of Malta

March 2, 2021

Hybrid Green Flag Award Ceremony 2021

44 schools receive the internationally acclaimed Green Flag Award

 Resilience in times of pandemic 

 In a ceremony presided over by the President of Malta, H.E. Dr George Vella a total of 48 schools received recognition for bringing a marked positive change in their school communities. Gozo College Secondary School, Gozo College Xewkija Primary School, Maria Regina College Naxxar Primary School, QSI International School of Malta, and St Nicholas College Baħrija Primary School were awarded the prestigious international Green Flag Award for the first time. St Joseph Mater Boni Consilii School Paola and St Joseph School Blata l-Bajda received the 8th consecutive Green Flag marking their 16 years of commitment towards sustainability. The ceremony was held at San Anton Palace in a hybrid set-up under strict Covid-19 measures.

The programme which is locally managed by Nature Trust – FEE Malta empowers students to adopt an active role in environmental decision-making and action in their school and community. These awarded schools can now boast that they have received international recognition that they are implementing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as outlined in the National Curriculum Framework.

However, as expected like any other institution, schools were hard hit by the pandemic during the past months. Like their foreign counterparts, EkoSkola students adopted a different strategy to keep the programme running by re-adjusting to the new realities. The new Covid-19 measures ushered practices that are in conflict with the various sustainability practices and progress students had made in various areas particularly in single-usage plastics. The schools’ response was immediate and notwithstanding the fact that schools were closed, work continued via online meetings and campaigns involving all those who were homebound making it even more effective.

Since the onset of the pandemic, several campaigns were launched by EkoSkola spearheaded by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) which is the international organisation running the programmes. Amongst these were EcoSchoolstaysactive, Trash Hack, WASH-(Water Sanitation and Hygiene).

In the meantime work continues on all fronts mostly on climate change mitigation and adaptation, addressing environmental pollution and halting biodiversity reflecting FEE’s strategy for the coming years. This student-led whole-school approach methodology is not only an opportunity to assist in the holistic development of the child, but is also serving to meet international commitments our island nation has as signatories to various treaties and conventions, not least the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Students investigate issues pertaining to these goals and take informed decisions to try and address them in the best way they can at the school level, at the community level and also at the national level. With Malta also being a member of the European Union, EkoSkola students are strengthening their resolve to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent as embodied in European Green Deal.

More photos below Awards List… (photos provided by San Anton Palace)







List of Awards:

Name of School Award
1 St Joseph, Mater Boni Consilii School, Paola 8th Green Flag
2 St Joseph School, Blata l-Bajda 8th Green Flag
3 San Ġorġ Preca College, Paola Primary School A 7th Green Flag
4 St Benedict College, Kirkop Primary School 7th Green Flag
5 St Ignatius College, Siġġiewi Primary School 7th Green Flag
6 St Thomas More College, Tarxien Middle school 6th Green Flag
7 St Benedict College, Mqabba Primary School 6th Green Flag
8 St Francis School, Birkirkara 6th Green Flag
9 St Francis School, Sliema 6th Green Flag
10 Maria Regina College, Mosta Secondary School (Lily of the Valley) 5th Green Flag
11 St Benedict College, Qrendi Primary School 5th Green Flag
12 St Benedict College, Safi Primary School 5th Green Flag
13 St Dorothy’s Senior School 5th Green Flag
14 St Edward’s College 5th Green Flag
15 St Joseph School (Junior Section), Sliema 5th Green Flag
16 St Joseph School (Senior Section), Sliema 5th Green Flag
17 St Monica School, Gżira 5th Green Flag
18 St Theresa College, Birkirkara Primary School 5th Green Flag
19 Gozo College, Sannat Primary & Special Unit 4th Green Flag
20 Maria Regina College, Mellieħa Primary School 4th Green Flag
21 Maria Regina College, Young Adult Education Resource Centre, Wardija 4th Green Flag
22 St Benedict College, Għaxaq Primary School 4th Green Flag
23 St Francis School, Victoria 4th Green Flag
24 St Jeanne Antide College, St Joan Antide School, Gudja 4th Green Flag
25 St Margaret College, Żabbar Primary School A 4th Green Flag
26 Gozo College, Middle School 3rd Green Flag
27 National Sports School 3rd Green Flag
28 San Ġorġ Preca College, Valletta Primary School 3rd Green Flag
29 St Aloysius College, Secondary School 3rd Green Flag
30 St Elias College 3rd Green Flag
31 St Ignatius College, Żebbuġ Primary School 3rd Green Flag
32 St Nicholas College, Dingli Primary School 3rd Green Flag
33 St Theresa College, Middle School, Birkirkara 3rd Green Flag
34 Sacred Heart College, Junior School 2nd Green Flag
35 Maria Regina College, Mosta Secondary School (Żokrija) 2nd Green Flag
36 St Aloysius College, Primary School 2nd Green Flag
37 St Benedict College, Kirkop Middle School 2nd Green Flag
38 St Michael Junior School, Pembroke 2nd Green Flag
39 St Nicholas College, Rabat Middle School 2nd Green Flag
40 Gozo College, Secondary School 1st Green Flag
41 Gozo College, Xewkija Primary School 1st Green Flag
42 Maria Regina College, Naxxar Primary School 1st Green Flag
43 QSI International School of Malta 1st Green Flag
44 St Nicholas College, Baħrija Primary School 1st Green Flag
45 St Dorothy’s Junior School, Sliema Silver Award
46 St Thomas More College, Fgura Primary School B Silver Award
47 Verdala International School Silver Award
48 St Nicholas College, Mġarr Primary School Bronze Award

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