The Prime Minister Robert Abela and the Minister for Education Justyne Caruana have inaugurated the restoration project of the School for Arts in Valletta. This form part of the Kulleġġ Mikiel Anton Vassalli and involved an investment of €5 million from the Fondazzjoni għall-Iskejjel ta’ Għada.
The project was described by Dr Abela as one that combines cultural heritage to the future of the arts sector and the aspirations are this will reach the level for creative individuals to continue contributing and developing the country’s identity. He said he had no doubts the locality will offer about 500 annual students that follow courses there will enjoy a more adapted environment and help them to create more innovative ideas.
The PM maintained it is significant that this investment has taken place during the pandemic period and mentioned other Government-aided schemes offered to artists.
The Minister for Education, Justyne Caruana, said Government’s investment in the educational sector is spread over different levels and sectors. She said the investment is not merely contained to the educational staff but to the environment where they perform their teaching and help them to enhance their skills.
She went on to mention other investments in the education sector including study bourses and agreements with educational entities to enable the Ministry to continue giving importance to arts and artistic expressions.
The Executive Head of the Fondazzjoni għall-Iskejjel ta’ Għada, Neville Young, said the restoration and embellishment project forms part of a chain to modernise education’s infrastructure. He says this involves an unprecedented investment of €100 million in State Schools and varies from the building of new schools such as that of Rabat in Gozo as well as Msida, together with the modernisation and extension of existing schools.
Among those who received their formal education at this Arts School are Antoine Camilleri, Victor Diacono, Harry Alden, Vincent Apap, Willie Apap, Esprit Barthet, Anton Inglott and Carmelo Mangion.