By Bernarda Hvala
In March two teachers and three kindergarten teachers headed for Malta from Slovenia to attend a Contact Seminar. Bernarda, Darja, Ingrid, Maja and Urška learnt about each other while waiting at the airport and in Malta they were all charmed by the variety of different cultures, architecture and people.
Being lucky with time we had a chance to visit a part of Malta on our own. We took a bus to Saint Julian’s where Maja visited the kindergarten that she is working with in an eTwinning project. The kids and the teacher were thrilled by Maja’s visit. The rest of us walked back for a while admiring the coast, hotels and old houses…
Valleta fascinated us by its streets, Mdina with its littleness and a wonderful view of Malta. In addition, Abigail and Silvio kindly took us on a night-sightseeing tour and showed us the night life of Malta.
Carriages that are quite common on Malta are in Slovenia very rare nowadays. We really liked the song “Karozzin” and back home we played it to the kids in our groups as well.
The Maltese people are very friendly and helpful. We were treated by Maltese typical food, wine and beer.
Our meetings at the workshops were very educational, especially the lectures and the presentations by Mr. R. J. Camilleri in Dr. P. Bonanno. We attended different workshops on photography display: Smilebox, Mixbook and Glogster. Examples of good practice that were presented were very interesting and very useful for our work with children.
The best of all was the coming together of the participants of the six countries: Malta, Slovakia, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic and Slovenia. We shared our experiences, worked together in workshops and learnt about each other’s countries, towns, school systems… etc. We planned our projects together.
The days on Malta were very creative and very motivating for our future work in education.
Thank you to Amanda and Jeanette and other Malta team for four wonderful days in Malta, mails and all the information provided!