The Għajn Centre has launched a series of online resources to broaden its educational message on water conservation. These resources are in the form of short virtual lessons aimed at primary school students. These lessons focus on water management in the Maltese Islands and although they are mainly targeted towards younger audiences, they can easily be enjoyed by the general public, students, teachers and parents alike.
These lessons are delivered using puppets and are in the form of a short sketch, one can also find videos and pictures that will aid the understanding of the issues presented during these lessons.
The Water Cycle
The first lesson titled The Water Cycle, sees Zoe and the Dragon (two of the interactive game’s mascots), all alone at the Centre and discussing the natural cycle that water goes through on the Maltese Islands. This lesson is mainly targeted towards Year 4 students (aged 7 to 9 year olds).
Water in the Maltese Islands
The second lesson tackles the issue of ‘Water in the Maltese Islands’. Once again we meet Zoe and the Dragon, and during this short sketch Zoe has the difficult task of explaining the water management of groundwater and water production on the Maltese Islands to the Dragon. The target audience for this lesson is that of 7 to 10 year old students (Year 4 and 5).
The Water Footprint
‘The Water Footprint’ which is the third lesson, sees Zoe and the Dragon discussing that water is not only used for cleaning, drinking and cooking purposes but it is also used for the production of food and other resources used in our daily lives. This lesson is also targeted towards children aged between 7 and 10 years of age.
Saving Water Part 1
In the coming 2 sketches titled ‘Water Saving’, we shall be meeting another two puppets together with Zoe and the Dragon. Our two mascots go out and ask a farmer on how he saves water in his fields and a neighbour on how she saves water at home. The target audience for this lesson is mainly Year 5 students (students aged 8 to 10 years old).
Saving Water Part 2
During the second part of ‘Water Saving’, Zoe and the Dragon discuss what they have found out during their short interviews with the neighbour and the farmer and how one can save water at home and during agriculture use. Once again, the target audience for this lesson is Year 5 students.
Bjar u Gwiebi
The first puppet production titled Bjar u Gwiebi, sees Jean and Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt inspecting wells and cisters in Fort St Angelo and the Birgu area. Through this production children can learn the difference between a well and a cistern.This lesson is mainly targeted towards Year 4 students (aged 7 to 9 year olds).
The second puppet production titled Spieri, sees Jean and Gamri the farmer inspecting boreholes in the Qormi, Rabat and Dingli areas. Through this production students can learn the use of boreholes and how they function. This lesson is mainly targeted towards Year 4 students (aged 7 to 9 year olds).
The third puppet production titled Akwedotti, sees Jean and Grand Master de Wignacourt discussing the water shortage on the islands at the time of the Knights and what would be the best course to take to get water towards Valletta. This lesson is mainly targeted towards Year 4 students (aged 7 to 9 year olds).
The fourth puppet production titled Mini, sees Jean and Gamri the farmer inspecting underground water galleries and springs. This lesson is mainly targeted towards Year 4 students (aged 7 to 9 year olds).