The National Literacy Agency (NLA), in collaboration with the National Book Council and the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes, held two Reading Champions award-giving events. These took place last Thursday, 7th November in the evening during the National Book Festival at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) in Valletta. Ninety-three Year 8 / Form 2 students from thirty-one different schools were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and book prizes.
The purpose of the Reading Champions programme is to award those students who are proficient readers in Maltese and English, but also those who promote reading among their peers and those readers who have made a special effort to improve their level of reading in the previous year. The awards were presented by Prof. Charles Mifsud and Mr David Muscat from the National Literacy Agency and involved the participation of the Reading Ambassadors Keith Demicoli and Kim Dalli. The event featured a drama about the benefits of reading by a team of young people, directed by Ruth Frendo.
The short-listing of students for these awards was done through a formative assessment process by teachers, teacher-librarians and school management teams. The winners received book prizes and a certificate.