E-state insieme Summer camp

SCP leader:                          Ms M’Lou Camilleri

Participating school:      Immaculate Conception school – Tarxien

Students’ Age:                    11-16 years

Project time frame:          Project Year 1

  • Research question: What was the research question? What are the underlying regional problems?

How can we spend our summer holidays in a fruitful way?

The idea was born out of the necessity to cater for students for whom coming to school proved to be more comforting than staying at home.

  • Approach: How did you proceed?

The school ran a Summer camp during which students engaged in educational, leisure and spiritual activities. They could also continue with the permaculture project together with the Eco-Schools students. Students also helped in the Prince’s Trust project by building benches made out of pallets for the whole school community to use. The school’s youth minister extended an invitation for the students’ friends (from other schools) to join the Summer Camp if they so wished. The students met once a week on Wednesdays morning.

  • Solution: What are your findings?

The students enjoyed the time spent together and were quite motivated to attend and participate in the activities prepared. The Sumer Camp was a success and the school’s management team has decided to repeat the project next year and maybe upgrade it to more than once a week.

  • Recommendation: What solutions have you developed for the regional problem(s)?

Students spent some healthy leisure time, developed their skills, as well have some spiritual reflections. The also harvested and offered the fruits of the earth that matured during summer to some poor families in the locality through the contacts of the Sisters of Charity who run the school.

  • Dissemination: How did you promote your recommendations?

This experience was disseminated by the participating students who were quite keen to share their experiences. The school also used its social media to keep parents, guardians, and family members of the whole school community up to date with the Summer Project. After the first week of meeting, the number of attendees increased.

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