On Friday 27th August, at Europe House in Valletta, the National Student Travel Foundation organised a certificate ceremony in order to award those who placed first, second and third in the XXIII edition of the NSTF Mini European Assembly.
Among those invited were the heads of schools, parents of participants and other students who shared their past experience and any relevant information regarding the opportunities and skills gained out of this competition. The main speakers were Francis Stivala, Secretary General of NSTF, Mr Albert Camilleri, coordinator of the NSTF MEA 2012/13, and Dr Peter Agius, Head of the European Parliament Office in Malta. They congratulated the students on their success whilst commenting on the contribution of such a competition to the building of a stronger and thorough multicultural Europe in all its diversity.
Also present were the winners of the Malta Student Science Forum and the NSTF Concert for Young Scientists in preparation for their tour in Brussels where they are going to get an insight into the internal functioning of the European institutions through various meetings with some Maltese and foreign dignitaries working there.
The winners of the science awards were Norbert Bonnici, Alison Baldacchino, Claire Testa and Natasha Zarb, whilst the winners of the MEA were the three groups who represented the United Kingdom, France and George, coming from the University of Malta and St. Aloysius College respectively. Moreover, Naomi Bugre and Kayrin Gauci, both coming from St. Aloysius college, but representing different countries, were awarded the Best Speaker and Best Effort respectively.
During this evening, NSTF unveiled its educational projects for 2013/14,and which will keep on adding to that achieved in 2012/13. Francis Stivala enphasised why the coordination of these projects has now been entrusted to successful past participants who have expressed interest and expertise in their respective projects. He encouraged the continuation of these activities and the need that students and youth be involved in the decision making and politics of the country.