Scout Association of Malta launches `Outdoor+ Programme’
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The Scout Association of Malta in collaboration with Agenzija Zghazagh and the Ministry of Education, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Outdoor+ Programme.
The launch of the Outdoor+ Programme took place at the Ghajn Tuffieha International Campsite, present for the launch were Evarist Bartolo – Minister for Education and Employment, Chris Agius MP – Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, Mr. Joseph Caruana – Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education and Employment, Miriam Theuma – CEO Agenzija Zghazagh, Leslie Bonnici – Chief Commissioner The Scout Association of Malta and Aldo Sciberras – Outdoor+ Coordinator.
Sessions are run on a weekly basis, where a 3-day programme is offered by to students. Sessions were held for a number of 4th and 5th form students coming from St Margerita College and the Guze D'Amato Boys Secondary School.
The programme, in line with the scouting methodology, will allow students to obtain skills through a number of non-formal and informal methods within a healthy and outdoors environment.
It is designed to offer exciting and enriching activities which help small groups of people to communicate effectively, co-operate together and ultimately share an unforgettable time based on the scouting experience and the use of the scout method, which has a proven track-record over the past hundred years creating leaders in today's society. The scout method is based on:
· A value based system · Learn by Doing
· Team System
· Adult Support
· Personal Progression
The Scout Association of Malta said that the correct application will lead to the development of the young people within their social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and spiritual spheres; also known as SPICES in the scouting arena.
Moreover the packages proposed are developed on the UNESCO four pillars of learning: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together.
All of the programme will take place in an outdoor setting with some minimal use of indoor spaces.