GLOBE Schools in Malta and Israel Reach Beyond National Boundaries in Collaborative Video Conference


GLOBE students engage in a “first-of-its-kind” video conference to help celebrate GLOBE’s 25th Anniversary.
GLOBE students engage in a “first-of-its-kind” video conference to help celebrate GLOBE’s 25th Anniversary.

On 11 February 2020, the GLOBE Country Coordinator of Israel, Ms. Rafaela Babish, along with the GLOBE Deputy Country Coordinator of Malta, Ms. Ramona Mercieca, coordinated a video conference with schools in Malta and Israel to celebrate The GLOBE Program’s 25th Anniversary – and to reach beyond borders in a collaborative learning endeavor.

GLOBE students at Gozo College Middle School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta)
Students at Gozo College Middle School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta) waiting for the call to start. (They had researched Tu Bishvat and prepared charts, which were presented during call. )

“The students’ love and enthusiasm about traditions and the significance of trees in their countries’ cultures led to an amazing learning experience during a video call between four schools,” Mercieca said. “Students from Gozo College Rabat Primary School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta) and Begin Elementary School (Dimona, Israel) each sang a song about trees and nature in their own language, while students attending Gozo College Middle School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta) and Mosenson Youth Village High School (Hod Hasharon, Israel) read a tree blessing in Maltese and Hebrew, plus a translation in English, the communicating language.”

GLOBE students at Gozo College Rabat Primary School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta)
Students from Gozo College Rabat Primary School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta), together with their teachers, Ms. Jesse J. Mercieca and Ms. Josephine Cachia, waiting for the call to start.
GLOBE students at Begin Elementary School (Dimona, Israel)
Students from Begin Elementary School (Dimona, Israel), together with their teacher, Ms. Adi Levy, waiting for the call to start.  

“Two trees, a fig tree and an olive tree, symbolizing peace, were planted on the school grounds of each of the schools at the end of the video call, in honour of this international friendship. Plaques in English and Hebrew, to commemorate the event were placed next to the trees.”

GLOBE students at Gozo College Middle School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta)

 

 

Students from Mosenson Youth Village High School (Hod Hasharon, Israel), plant a fig tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBE students at Begin Elementary School (Dimona, Israel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students from Begin Elementary School (Dimona, Israel), plant a fig tree.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The collaboration between Malta and Israel brought together many students, teachers, and representatives from U.S. Embassies and The GLOBE Program. It provided a unique learning experience where students and teachers are not only contributing to the scientific discovery but they are being exposed to different cultures, languages, and traditions. Before the call on February 11th, students attending Gozo College Middle School researched about Tu Bishvat and shared their knowledge with all students at their school through presentations during the school’s morning assemblies.”

 Students from Gozo College Middle School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta), together with their teacher, Ms. Ramona Mercieca, with the newly planted Fig Tree in the school garden.
 
Students from Gozo College Middle School (Victoria, Gozo, Malta), together with their teacher, Ms. Ramona Mercieca, with the newly planted Fig Tree in the school garden.

“This collaboration raised awareness amongst the whole school communities about the importance of trees, and set up an example through tree planting. In fact, schools in Malta linked this GLOBE project with another international program: Learning About Forests (LEAF), internationally coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and locally by Nature Trust – FEE Malta. LEAF, just like The GLOBE Program, promotes outdoor learning and hands-on experiences which result in the pupils getting a deeper and more involved understanding of the outdoors and nature.”

Plaque placed next to the planted tree in all four collaborating schools to commemorate the new international friendships and project.
Plaque placed next to the planted tree in all four collaborating schools to commemorate the new international friendships and project. 

“This collaboration is a first of its type for The GLOBE Program in Malta and Israel, proving that schools can go beyond their walls and collaborate across countries. It also shows how international programs can be linked together and information learned and collected is shared, creating more awareness all round. ”

To view the video call, click here.

 

Star Story contributed by GLOBE Deputy Country Coordinator of Malta, Ms. Ramona Mercieca




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