St Theresa Girls Secondary Mriehel has just completed a two-year pilot programme for Dnja Wahda in secondary schools.
Dinja Wahda is a BirdLife Malta environmental education programme.focuses on learning about biodiversity.
At secondary level Dinja Wahda introduces a focus on exploration which builds on the primary school Dinja Wahda spirit of fun. The programme is based around Natura 2000 sites and the wildlife garden (where available). Through the secondary Dinja Wahda programme, students acquire:
- learning about the natural world
- personal responsibility for the natural environment
- personal growth
Dinja Wahda secondary allows students to explore the natural world through direct contact. This is a very important aspect of education for sustainability.The modern lifestyle alienates children from the natural world. Too often the consequence is adults who have little or no appreciation for the natural environment. Over generations, this has led to problems associated with unsustainable living, in particular our over-use of vital resources such as land and animal populations that we are drawing on unsustainably.
In secondary schools, Dinja Wahda sets out to create an awareness of the natural environment and biodiversity through exploration and personal involvement. Youths who took part in the prorgamme became:
- aware of the importance of biodiversity and Natura 2000
- aware of Malta’s geographical importance on a migration flyway
- knowledgeable about Maltese flora and fauna through site visits to Natura 2000 sites
- active conservationists, through sharing knowledge, practical work, art, and writing
- develop personally through environmental activism.