Educators and students will continue getting into Esplora centre for free

Educators and students will continue to benefit from free access to the Esplora centre. This will be possible with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Education and the Malta Council of Science and Technology, MCST.

With this agreement, students from kindergarten to primary and secondary level and adolescents will be taking part in a programme organised by Esplora with the aim of continuing to foster more interest in science subjects which can pave the way for various careers.

What are water, air, light, colours and the earth around us made of? These are questions which arouse curiosity at any age, but especially among children.

A collaboration which has the potential to strengthen students’ knowledge of these subjects will be made possible through this agreement, so that students can continue to learn more about science through the activities at Esplora.

Free transport will be provided for students and educators who wish to visit the centre.

The CEO of MCST, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando said that the centre will offer opportunities for creative learning for every child, irrespective of their social and economic class.

He explained that in this way children are being reached who were being lost in the system so that they can continue to study science subjects even at an advanced level.

“It is of great satisfaction for me to say we have had many reports from teachers whom we consider our colleagues, that children with certain learning challenges, when they go back to their class after a visit to Esplora, take a deeper interest, especially in science subjects. That is very satisfying.”

The Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Frank Fabri said that despite the fact that the pandemic has upset children’s normal routine, there was a substantial improvement in the results obtained from students in primary and secondary schools, compared to previous years, especially in science subjects.

He said that the Department of Education is ensuring that science is also being taught in the Maltese language.

“Science, math and technology are considered very basic subjects, and in fact we are happy with Maltese students who, for the first time in the TIMS assessment which is an international study, have managed to make a great leap.  For the first time we have seen students in year 5 exceeding international benchmarks and increasing their marks by 50 percentage points which almost reaches the benchmark where science subjects are concerned.”

Education Minister Justyne Caruana said that education is not only obtained through formal learning in class and added that Esplora is offering solutions for children who are disadvantaged to encourage their interest in science.

The Minister for Research and Development, Owen Bonnici said that it is important for children to start studying these science subjects from an early age so that they can advance even after they finish compulsory education.