Team Franciscans from St Francis Primary School, Victoria and the Misty Team from Gozo College Middle School ended up as finalists after both distinguished themselves on various fronts by taking a more active and leading role in most of their missions. The Misty Team was unanimously identified as National Water Explorer Team whilst Franciscans was identified as a very worthy runner up. The two teams worked hard throughout the year to spread the word about water scarcity, it's true value and hidden uses.
The Misty team organised a Fun Walk to raise awareness about climate change and to encourage participants to be more actively involved on a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mainly Climate Action, Clean Water and Sanitation. Several parents and relatives attended for this special occasion including Hon. Justyne Caruana; Minister for Gozo. The main slogan for this event was – Walk! It’s Carbon Neutral! The funds collected during the event were donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund and AKVO organisation to build water pumps in developing countries.
The Franciscans on the other hand calculated the water footprint of different menus besides making it a point to stop using disposables and consider other alternatives such as stainless straws, re-usable bottles and travel cups. They also organised book swaps to understand better how many litres of water are used in the production of different books. One of the most original challenges the Franciscans made was undoubtedly the parents’ declaration. Parents were asked to make a pledge that they would try to install at least one water saving device in their house.
Apart from the various challenges, Water Explorer festivals were organised by these teams to share good practices as a means of community outreach. The Misty Team also managed to link up with schools from other countries and share their ideas and top water-saving tips.
The Franciscans team was announced the winner of a special prize which consists of a number of students and their respective educators going to London to participate in the closing event of the HSBC Water Programme and speak about their actions and ideas, which event will be held at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich on 21st November 2019. This educational water experience is being sponsored by the Energy and Water Agency.
The Gozo College Middle School – Misty Team which won the National Water Explorer Team title will again be representing Malta in the international online Water Explorer awards event in mid-October. HSBC Malta Foundation also sponsored a €300 cash prize for the school.
Ms Isabelle Teuma, HSBC Bank Malta Manager spoke about how fruitful the collaboration between HSBC and Nature Trust – FEE Malta has been throughout the years highlighting the fact that though these actions towards sustainability are being taken by children in schools, the students are very successful in reaching out to the community and changing the mentality and lifestyles of the older population as well.
Nature Trust - FEE Malta was founded in 1962 with the aim to create awareness on environmental issues and conserve our natural heritage both for the present and future generations.
Today the Non Government Organisation is active in four main areas being :