Impatt is a project initiative by The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in partnership with the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.
The aim of this project was to encourage young people to actively participate in democratic decision making at both local and national level. Around thirty-three young people from 4 different schools, namely St. Benedict College Middle School, Kirkop, St. Ignatius College Middle School, Qormi, St. Michael’s School, Sta.Venera and St.Nicholas College, Rabat participated in this project.
The students had to research historical and cultural heritage pertaining to several Maltese localities in which the schools are found, while analysing how the course of time impacted their respective social, environmental, economic, and cultural dimensions. This initiative also required participating students to draft brief proposals to be presented to their respective Local Councils, to ensure further sustainable development aligned to Malta’s Sustainable Development Vision 2050.
The project was divided into 4 parts, in the first part, the student teams initiated the historical and cultural research related to town/city where school is located. This was followed by a training session conducted by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ where the students tackled sustainable development, framing concepts, recommendations, and public speaking. Next, the students along with their respective coordinators finalised the critical analysis and proposals for further sustainable development measures in their school’s locality.
These recommendations and the historical and cultural findings were presented during the final ceremony in the presence of the Local Council Representatives, the Educational Officer from the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programs, the Chairperson and the Executive Secretary from the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO, the Chief Executive Officer at Agenzija Żgħażagħ and the other schools, during the final ceremony where the winners were announced and young people received their prices and their certificate of participation.