After ten weeks of Skolasajf 2020, this year’s edition of the initiative formed by the government was officially brought to a close on Friday September 4, with the Ministry for Education and Employment deeming it a success.
Throughout the summer, a total of 1,700 staff members opted to take care of the 7,000 children that applied for this edition.
In unusual circumstances, Skolasajf opened two weeks before its usual opening date, with this being possible after “various preparations undertaken by the Foundation for Educational Services to offer the best services to all families”, a statement from the Education Ministry read.
Skolasajf 2020 officially started on July 1, after several assessments were made with regards to the potential risks surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici stated that “This year we could witness the great sense of dedication and care from all those who were involved in this edition and a lot of work was put in for the benefit of advancement of the students.”
In total, according to the official programme 203 activities were done, with there also being another 288 sessions of physical education, along with 245 activities being cast virtually.
Apart from this, the statement claimed that “33 Skolasajf partners gave their contribution with another 129 online sessions”, adding to the amount of activities that the schedule was filled with.
This year’s edition was centred around the theme ‘My World, My Home’, yet activities were also done to raise funds for numerous organisations, one of which being the Malta Community Chest Fund.
For a long period of time, there were doubts whether this year’s edition would actually happen, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but through the right organisation and control, Skolasajf 2020 was a success.
The statement added that “During Skolasajf 2020 there was not a single case where a student or educator infected himself or herself with COVID-19 from the schools.”
Additionally, the Ministry thanked all of the employees and their “rigorousness” to follow the guidelines that were issued by the health authorities in order to curb the spread of the virus.
“In fact, in the individual instances where an educator or student infected himself or herself with COVID-19 from outside the schools, all precautionary measures were immediately undertaken”, the statement claimed.
Throughout the edition, apart from the normal services that were provided between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm, there were also extended services at certain centres for those families that have both parents working, with this extended service being between 7.00 am and 8.30 am, also being from 12.30 pm until 5.30 pm.
Minister Bonnici concluded by thanking the “management of the Foundation, the staff, the partners of Skolasajf, the parents and above all the students who all pulled the same rope for a successful edition”.
With there being a relatively large gap in time between the conclusion of Skolasajf and the start of the scholastic year, the Foundation for Educational Services will provide its yearly ‘Bridge Holidays’ programme.