The Educational Objectives of Torri l-Abjad
Apart from the traditional role of Din l-Art Ħelwa managed sites of showcasing the specific property and the surrounding area, Torri l-Abjad is intended to be an area of specific educational activities related to history culture and marine studies.
The site will house several information panels and self-operated terminals that will impart detailed historical and environmental information relating to the tower, the periods in which it was operational and the surrounding flora and fauna.
The target audiences will be varied
- General public, The site will provide an added destination to the North Western tip of Malta. In winter, the area is a popular destination for walks. The tower will provide opportunities to better understand the country’s history, particularly associated with its military role.
- Young people, The site will provide an added destination to the North Western tip of Malta. In winter, the area is a popular destination for walks. The tower will provide opportunities to better understand the country’s history, particularly associated with its military role.
- Advanced/senior students, Will have the benefit of programmes and facilities co-ordinated with the University of Malta and the Higher Education establishments. The establishment of sub marine expeditions and studies will be explored with the competent bodies.
The site will also cater for, at least, two types of initiatives related to the marine environment. Although the plans are still being developed the objective is to have a 1day programme and a 3 day, live-in programme, which will include some or all of the following topics, depending of the age group of the participants. The programmes will be labelled under the generic title of,
Understanding Malta’s Coastal and Marine Environment
- An introduction to the general marine environment
- The coast and the seabed and marine plants
- Is the Mediterranean Sea different from other oceans and large bodies of water?
- Fish and other species found in Maltese waters
- Climate change, alien species and other threats to Maltese marine biodiversity
- The sea and making a living: fishing and aquaculture
- Snorkelling sessions (subject to appropriate supervision)
- Diving fieldwork (subject to fitness, qualifications and appropriate supervision)