An “overwhelmingly positive” feedback

The Nadur school, a two-storey building that was built at the beginning of the 20 century, has been given a completely new look and has been modernised to meet today's educational needs.

“The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Such were the words of Joseph Vella, minority leader (PL) in the Nadur local council, in reaction to the large investment that was recently made in the Gozitan village’s primary school.

From this school year, 200 students and around 30 educators in Nadur began to enjoy a modern educational environment. A two-storey building that was built at the beginning of the 20 century, has been given a completely new look and has been modernised to meet today’s educational needs. The Nadur primary school now has modern, accessible, and comfortable educational spaces for students and educators.

The investment of more than €6.3 million was financed under the NextGenerationEU Programme, through the Recovery and Resilience Plan of Malta. Apart from the complete beautification of the school from the inside and outside, the project included the redesign of the open and recreational spaces, as well as the creation of new spaces for teaching extracurricular subjects. These include a dance studio, a music room, a literacy room, theatre studies space, and art classrooms.

Speaking to The Journal, Joseph Vella said that “a large portion of Nadur’s population attends this school, and the unanimous sentiment is one of appreciation at the unprecedented level of modernisation the school has undergone, something they attest to never having witnessed in their lifetime.”

“The need for this refurbishment was significant,” said the councillor.  “It has impacted both the physical state of the school – particularly the dangerous conditions of classroom roofs – and the morale of the students. The upgrades have created an optimal learning environment for our children, ensuring they receive the highest quality education possible,” he added.

To meet legal requirements, the project included significant upgrades to make the building accessible. Efficient energy measures were also introduced in the building, while more shaded areas were developed in the recreational space on the outside. The school has also become almost carbon neutral: the use of renewable energy has increased,and the demand for energy has been reduced by at least 30%. Part of the project included the installation of new services including light, water, drainage, CCTV, internet connection, alarms, and fire safety services.

Infrastructure and learning outcomes

Studies have shown that school infrastructure significantly impacts learning outcomes. High-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates. A study in the UK found that environmental and design elements of school infrastructure explained 16% of the variation in primary students’ academic progress. The design of education infrastructure influences learning through factors such as naturalness (e.g., light, air quality), stimulation (e.g. complexity, colour), and individualisation (e.g. flexibility of the learning space)

Research also highlights the importance of active learning environments supported by modern infrastructure. Active student involvement and engagement are critical, which requires teachers to be proactive and provide maximum stimulation. The effectiveness of the learning process is significantly enhanced when school infrastructure functions optimally, underscoring the importance of maintaining high standards across all aspects of the learning environment.

The inauguration of Nadur’s school was presided over by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Funds, Equality, Reforms and Social Dialogue, Chris Fearne,  the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, Clifton Grima, and by the Minister for Gozo and Planning, Clint Camilleri. Also present were the Chief Executive of the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools (FTS), Neville Young, the Principal of the College of Gozo, Sean Zammit, and the Head of School, Mary Jane Camilleri.

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