Gem 16+ organised a week-long series of activities for students in relation to their wellbeing.
“This week aimed to showcase the importance of wellbeing in our society through education, by creating more awareness on the topic,” said Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici during one of the activities held this week. “We need to emphasise the importance of holistic health from an early age, and through such initiatives not only are we involving our students, but we are providing more knowledge and awareness on the importance of wellbeing,” Minister Owen Bonnici continued.
A number of activities have in fact been organised by staff and students from within GEM16+ plus a number of external stakeholders have also contributed their time. These included gardening, meditation, dance, dealing with trauma, and asking for help and coping skills for mental health, amongst others.
The outcomes of this wellbeing week aim to address issues of anxiety and wellbeing, to learn coping skills to deal with various forms of anxiety, namely relating to careers, emotions, and social and to learn positive healthy living skills namely mindfulness, physical wellbeing, use of leisure time, healthy eating, career wellbeing, coping with anxiety and trauma, and supporting others.
GEM16+ is an educational learning programme launched by the Ministry for Education and Employment, targeting those students who would like another go at obtaining their SEC qualifications. This programme provides applicants with an opportunity to revise intensely in the core subjects in preparation for the April/May sessions of the SEC exams.