With SkolaSajf 2020 opening on Wednesday, Minister for Education and Employment, Owen Bonnici, opted to visit one of the 55 centres across the Maltese Islands.
Speaking during the opening, Minister Owen Bonnici stated that “SkolaSajf will be in service for 10 weeks instead of 8, as is normally done”, with this ranging from July 1 to September 4.
Apart from the normal services between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm, there will also be an extended service in certain centres for those families that have both of the parents working, with this being between 7.00 am and 8.30 am, as well as 12.30 pm up until 5.30 pm.
Minister Bonnici also announced that the theme for this summer’s SkolaSajf is “My Planet, My Home”, which will “remind the children of the beauty that nature possesses and our obligations as responsible citizens to look after the earth, as our home.”
He also added that the theme will “be a reminder of the common good that unites us, and of the importance of caring for each other, because at the end of the day we all depend on one another.”
Concluding, Minister Bonnici also thanked the FES workers for their dedication, as “this was only possible to happen with their help.”
Pamela Schembri, the Chairperson of the Foundation, stated that this year, SkolaSajf will go beyond the targets that it sets out, “such as giving the participants space to explore their creative skills”, otherwise known as “learning by doing”, and additionally it will aim to “re-integrate routine in the daily life of its participants.”
She explained that “Routine helps children feel safe and secure in their environment, something which they lost due to the recent pandemic.”
Adding to Schembri’s remarks, FES CEO Dermot Galea also said that the 2020 edition of SkolaSajf will be special as it represents the Maltese community winning the fight against the pandemic.
7849 students applied for SkolaSajf, with a total of 1607 educators being engaged in the project across Malta and Gozo.