New libraries have been presented to the Marsxlokk Primary School as part of the Aqra Kemm Tiflaħ/Enriching Classroom Libraries programme which is being supported by GO. Aqra Kemm Tiflaħ/Enriching Classroom Libraries is run by the National Literacy Agency within the Ministry for Education and Employment, and aims to install new libraries in every primary classroom in state schools across Malta. Each library includes 100 high-appeal books to encourage children to read for pleasure. The books are both fiction and non-fiction, 50 in Maltese and 50 in English.
During the presentation of the new libraries by GO’s Senior Manager – Marketing, Daniela Bagnaschi, in the presence of Minister for Education and Employment, Hon. Evarist Bartolo, children from Marsaxlokk primary school, St Thomas More College took part in various reading activities.
Ms Bagnaschi said, “GO is investing €11,000 every year in Aqra Kemm Tiflaħ, part of a larger contribution towards education in Malta which also includes significant support for the recently held Malta Robotics Olympiad. GO invests in areas like literacy and science, not only because we want children to learn, but because we want them to grow up to be creative and innovative, to have the skills they will need in a world driven by technology and connectivity. Developing a love of reading at a young age is key to ensuring young people continue to learn throughout their lives, and lifelong learning is the key to success.”
Minister Bartolo, said, “As we continue making strides in connectivity, robotics and artificial intelligence, technological proficiency is becoming increasingly important and a sought-after skill for any successful career. With literacy still at the core of any educational system, it is imperative that children have a good relationship with books and reading. The aim of Aqra Kemm Tiflaħ/Enriching Classroom Libraries is specifically to nurture this relationship and to encourage children to pursue their interest in science, among other subjects, by providing them with a rich selection of beautiful, informative, and interesting books to pique their curiosity.”