ĠEMMA, in collaboration with HSBC, has announced the winners from Skola Sajf Earth Hero on a Budget competition which saw over 2,000 children in 327 teams create Superhero costumes with a budget of just €1.50. The winning group from Żejtun primary school was called Ninja Timmy and its members were Ġiuseppe Duca, Kayne Muscat, Joel Farruġia and Kimberly Fiott.
The competition was divided into two parts. The first part introduced the children to budgeting in a fun way. They learnt about different rules on how to save and the difference between a Need and a Want. The children were then challenged to put together a costume representing an Earth Hero using recyable material brought from home. The educators of the program saw the children use a lot of creativity together with plenty of recycled bottles and caps, cardboard, paper to create their costumes.
During a prize giving ceremony at HSBC’s Head Office in Valletta, a further two teams were rewarded for their creative costumes. In addition to the group from Żejtun, these runners up were Money Makers from Luqa who included Luca Farrugia Galea, Andrea Sacco and Maya Caruana, and Super Girl from Gudja whose members were Christa Abdilla and Adelide Desira
Glenn Bugeja, Manager Corporate Sustainability at HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c., said, “The HSBC Malta Foundation has been supporting Skolasajf and ĠEMMA, which aims to improve financial literacy for many years. Bringing the two together to create a competition that incentivises creativity but also to teach great skills about both recycling and budgeting has been a very rewarding experience.”
Petra Ellul Mercer, Projects Developer at ĠEMMA, said, “ At ĠEMMA our aim is to educate and support people, of all ages, on how to manage their money successfully. The younger the age group the more impact we will have in developing the knowledge and skills that drive better lives.”
Justin Balzan, Programme Coordinator at the Foundation for Educational Services, said, “The Earth Heroes initiative was certainly very popular among the children attending Skolasajf this year. Not only was it great fun but it also helped to develop key life skills not just around budgeting but also teamwork. Congratulations to everyone who took part, but especially to the groups from Żejtun, Luqa and Gudja who created some very impressive costumes.”
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