Project NEMO funded by the MCCFF is an educational project contained within a much larger Din l-Art Helwa project which will restore Torri l-Abjad in Armier, L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha. NEMO is aimed at exposing children coming from underprivileged backgrounds to cultural experiences and environmental awareness particularly related to the sea. It is a fact that children coming from such backgrounds do not normally visit museums and cultural heritage sites. It is hoped that through NEMO such children will not only have the chance to visit such a site but they will also carry with them positive memories of their visit. This should hopefully help them in the future to be more open to visiting museums and interpretation centres and taking an interest in the country’s cultural heritage.
Although, our primary beneficiaries will be children, clearly, adult visitors will also be able to benefit from the educational experience which will cover marine biology, the Mediterranean Sea, history of Malta’s coastal towers and also the work of Din l-Art Helwa over the last 50 years.
An interactive multimedia educational area focusing on culture and marine environment and will be designed and setup within the ground floor rooms of Torri l-Abjad. This area will utilise touch screen technology to allow visitors to explore topics related to the programme content. The educational programme will be designed so that the attendees will be able to learn and explore the cultural and marine environment with a special focus on those related to conservation and responsible use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable growth.
NEMO offers a complete “free learning” experience inviting visitors to engage with the digital exhibits as well as enjoy the visitor experience at their own pace. Visitors to the interpretation centre are encouraged not only to learn about marine biodiversity, the foreshore and the coastline but to also reach their own conclusions about the current state of affairs, why its is important to preserve the natural environment and what impact does all this have on themselves. We believe that this is a much more effective and richer way of increasing awareness.