Uploaded on 29/09/2023

Prime Minister Robert Abela and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen visited the investment being made at the Gozo College Nadur Primary School which involves extensive refurbishment works to create nicer environment for educators and for around two hundred pupils who attend this school.

The project is being done with a capital investment of more than €6 million from European funds under the NextGenerationEU Programme through the Malta Recovery and Resilience Plan. This project included new open and recreational spaces and new spaces for teaching extracurricular subjects, including the performing arts. Through this project, various measures were introduced to increase the energy efficiency of the whole building.

During an address following a visit to pupils and their educators, Prime Minister Robert Abela defined the Nadur Primary School project as an example of how buildings should be constructed in the future. He said that the school is part of a tangible difference that will leave a positive impact in the community. The Prime Minister thanked the European Commission and its President for the NextGenerationEU programme because this is a means of promoting wealth even among island regions such as Gozo.

President Ursula von der Leyen said that for her it’s a wonderful opportunity to visit this school. She said that she is “very glad that the school is now highly energy efficient, has spacious classrooms, better air quality and the air-conditioning is powered by the school’s own PV panels… that is smart”. On the new digital equipment she said that “it was amazing to see how modern and digitised the school now is”. On the pupils and the environment she said that “the children looked very much at ease. It is heartwarming to see that. The environment plays a big role on how you are going into life, into your school, and how the teaching is successful”.

Present during the visit were the Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation Clifton Grima, the Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Chris Bonett, representatives of the Ministries, the Gozo College and the school administrations, and the FTS Management led by the Chairperson Cory Greenland and Chief Executive Officer Neville Young.

At the end of the visit, Prime Minister Robert Abela and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit.

The extensive refurbishment at Nadur Primary School will be completed by the end of 2023.