Heritage Malta, in collaboration with the Luqa Local Council and St. Thomas More Girl’s Secondary School of Santa Lucija, assisted in the preparation of a workshop, part of a European Union funded project entitled ‘Youths meet the Cultural Heritage’. During this event spread over two days, the Luqa local Council hosted in Malta a delegation of students from the municipalities of Dionysos (Greece) and another one from Fiumicino (Italy).
An important element of this project was the organisation of a workshop within the prehistoric sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. Students from the Maltese school guided the foreign delegation around the archaeological park while explaining the different archaeological features found within these temples. Employees of Heritage Malta were also present on site during this event in order to assist students during their visit. Access to the Ħaġar Qim Archaeological Park, as well as the material utilised during the workshop, were sponsored by Heritage Malta, while the Luqa local council published material that was used during the workshop.
In order to prepare for this event, students from the St. Thomas More secondary school visited the Ħaġar Qim Archaeological Park several times prior to the arrival of the foreign delegation. School teachers, as well as Heritage Malta employees, provided the necessary information so that the students would be prepared for the workshop.
This project will also included a visit by the local delegation to Italy. During this visit, the group from Fiumicino will explain to the other participants projects undertaken in Portus (a Roman port), and in Greece (Dionysos). The two municipalities of Ħal Luqa and Fiumicino, twin towns since 2007, have cooperated on a number of projects. The final conference of this project will be taking place in Fiumicino, the coordinating municipality.
Heritage Malta takes part in such initiatives in order to increase awareness about the Maltese heritage. One important service offered by Heritage Malta is education, an essential element for the long-term sustainability of the Maltese historical and cultural heritage.