We Eat Responsibly! – Nieklu b’Responsabbiltà!

We Eat Responsibly Menu for Change International Forum in Prague

26-28 January 2018

Thirteen adults and five students travelled all the way to the Czech Republic in order to represent Eco-Schools Malta in the ‘We Eat Responsibly’ International Forum. Students hailed from Gozo Middle School, St Dorothy’s Senior School, St Augustine’s College, St Albert the Great College and San Ġorġ Preca College Ħamrun Secondary School. Educators attending represented a number of other schools from various areas and sections.

The forum titled Menu for Change which took place in Prague from the 26th to the 28th of January brought together delegations from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Malta.

Participants attended and gave active input in various workshops, presentations and debates which also required each country to showcase the projects and ideas the

Eco-Schools committees had come up with and successfully carried out throughout the project. Malta presented various projects amongst which the carob syrup low in sugar and the carob powder as a cocoa replacement which was used to make cakes plus expert advice from MOAM about growing organic food. The overall aim of this project was to encourage sustainable food consumption especialy fresh, local, seasonal and organic whilst looking at the global perspective and create awareness about food wastage, growing your own food, use of palm oil, fair trade products, and the processing, packaging and transport of food.

Though the project has come to an end work on the themes indicated will be continued within schools and through the Eco-Schools programme.

Report on various workshops during the forum





Train the Trainer

We Eat Responsibly Project

16th October 2017

Majjistral Park and Majjistral Eco-Farm

09.00 – 13.30

Nature Trust – FEE Malta would like to invite 2 link persons from each school that is participating in the third cycle of the Project. Kindly follow this link https://form.jotformeu.com/72719354333357  to register your participation until 9th October 2017. Attendance is strictly by registration and subsequent confirmation. Participants need to come appropriately dressed for walking on soil.

The programme for the event is as follows:

08:45 School registrations
09:00 Welcome and introduction by Ms Cynthia Caruana – Malta Project Coordinator
09:15 Interactive workshops on Sustainable Development Goals and Responsible Consumption themes
10:15 Sustainability Market (Make Fruit Fair; Xrobb l-Għaġin themed-event on RFC; Action Planet; Worm composting)
10:30 Coffee break
10:50 Best practices; Questions and Answers
11:30 Leave Majjistral Park to Majjistral Eco-Farm (minivan transport will be provided)
11:45 Welcome at organic farm; tour of the farm (this will be cancelled in the case of heavy rains) and discussion about ongoing organic practices
12:45 Evaluation of event
12:55 Refreshments from the Majjistral Eco-farm fresh organic produce
13:30 Transport back to Majjistral Park


3rd Cycle of We Eat Responsibly Grants: April 2017 – December 2017

More schools are getting involved in the We Eat Responsibly Project.  The following have been welcomed on board:

Gozo College Secondary School

Bishop’s Conservatory Secondary School, Victoria

St. Ignatius College, Ħaż-Żebbuġ Primary School

Gozo College Xagħra Primary School

St Dorothy Senior School, Żebbuġ

St Thomas More College Santa Lucia Secondary School

St Benedict College Kirkop Middle School

The Department of Health Physical Education and Consumer Studies at the University of Malta

These schools and Department have joined in and received the funding to support them in their endeavors in promoting responsible food consumption through a global perspective.

We Eat Responsibly Grants Awarded during FEEfest launch – 11th January


Nature Trust – Foundation for Environmental Education, Malta is undeniably no newcomer to the ESD scene in Malta. To further promote this successful methodology and work ethic, the e-NGO hosted a FEE Fest at the newly built St Benedict College, Kirkop Middle School on the 11/12/13 January.

The FEE Fest was a one-stop-shop opportunity to learn about the various FEE programmes, develop ideas for cross-curricular work, get information about various sustainable projects and initiatives and an excellent platform for networking. The 3-day event had different exhibition stalls and scheduled sessions targeting students and teachers. Participants were free to attend on any day and plan their visit according to their particular interests and needs.

21 schools received support funding from the international project WER- We Eat Responsibly. Many schools have already benefitted from this project during its first cycle and the results have been widely acclaimed by the international partners. WER is intended to make participants revisit the decisions they take daily related to food selection, provision and consumption and how these affect the health of the planet and the quality of life of its inhabitants. The support funding was presented by Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment during the launch of the FEE fest.



On the Sunday Times of Malta – 30th October 2016: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20161030/education/Teachers-whet-appetite-for-a-menu-of-change.629526

The report of the conference We Eat Responsibly – Menu for Change, Prague, 21st-23rd October 2016 was collated by Ms Cristina Mifsud and Ms Emma Borg, two of the teachers from Malta who attended the Conference. Altogether, ten educators already familiar with the We Eat Responsibly project from last year’s pilot phase attended the conference.  The detailed report can be downloaded from here.

Here are the presentations made by the  Maltese Educators showing their schools’ good practices during the conference:

St Joseph Senior School Sliema

St Benedict College, Birzebbugia Primary

St Nicholas College, Dingli Primary

San Ġorġ Preca College, Valletta Primary

St Michael School, Santa Venera

Maria Regina College, Dun Manwel Attard Young Adult Education Resource Centre, Wardija

St Benedict College, Mqabba Primary


Food reviews for Step 2 to be used by schools following the 7 step EkoSkola process through the We Eat Responsibly project. Below please find reviews both in Maltese and English in word doc (to be able to edit) and also in pdf format.  There are three types of reviews: For canteens (where present in school), for tuckshops and vending machines (where present within school premises) and for households where students reside to be filled by students in collaboration with parents/guardians.

  1. Introduction English Malti
  2. Canteen – Mandatory part     English doc     English pdf     Malti doc    Malti pdf
  3. Canteen – Optional part      English doc    English pdf     Malti doc     Malti pdf
  4. Tuckshop/vending machines      English doc    English pdf     Malti doc     Malti pdf
  5. Households      English doc    English pdf     Malti doc     Malti pdf

Gozo College Middle School developed the household food review on Jotform for easier processing of results.  It has been posted as a template (Search for Nieklu…) and can be edited according to each school’s needs.

Global education training seminar held on the 5th and 6th October from 9.00 till 1.30…

Press Release: Responsible eating project to be launched in 38 schools

The 48 teachers who took part in the training sessions.

The 48 teachers who took part in the training sessions.

Forty eight teachers from twenty seven different schools were actively engaged in training seminars as part of their participation in the EU funded project – We Eat Responsibly. During the seminars the teachers were updated on global food consumption issues and how these could be made relevant to local contexts. Participants were specifically trained, not just on the choice of tailored pedagogies to engage different learners of different abilities, but also on the appropriate use of resources and evaluation techniques.

The training sessions were held on the 5th and 6th of October at the Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre. They were led by Andrea Bullivant (Liverpool World Centre, UK) and Tereza Čajková (Glopolis, Czech Republic) who are experienced educators on global education. The attendees also had the opportunity to be familiarised with the project’s website (http://www.eatresponsibly.eu/) that was launched during the event.

Launched for the European Year for Development in June 2015, We Eat Responsibly is an action-oriented global learning program aimed at leading learners to reflect on the daily decisions taken related to food provision and consumption and the impact of these choices on the health of people and the planet. Nine EU countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) are participating in the project, with Nature Trust Malta representing Malta in this consortium, through its EkoSkola programme.

The project’s methodology focuses on adopting a whole school approach to the development of food consumption policies. To help learners develop critical thinking skills, attitudes promoting global citizenry and responsible food behaviour patterns, the project adopts the internationally tried and tested 7-steps Eco-school methodology.

during-workshopLast year, fourteen eco-schools piloted the project and were offered monetary support for the activities they organised within their premises and the surrounding communities on the theme of Responsible Food Consumption. The evaluation of the work done in schools during the pilot project has shown that the perception of responsible food consumption has evolved from a simple concern focus on what is healthy to an understanding of what choices need to be made to promote the wellbeing of society and the environment around the world.

Thirty eight schools will be participating in this second year of the project that will be launched on October 16th – World Food Day, whose theme, announced by FAO, is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” This day was chosen for the official start of the project because it shares the aims of WE Eat Responsibly, that is to change the way people think about the food.

Teacher training for all EkoSkola link teachers participating in the project during scholastic year 2016-2017. International speakers included Andrea Bullivant from Liverpool World Centre,UK and Tereza Čajková from Glopolis,Czech Republic.

Venue : Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre, limits of Marsaxlokk.

More details here.

We Eat Responsibly Logos to be used

Schools participating in the We Eat Responsibly project are reminded that they should use the three logos and the promotional sentence below in everything related to the project.

Promotional Sentence:

An action-oriented global learning program for EYD 2015 and beyond.

Logos in English:

WER logo english

Or as one Jpeg:

English Logos

Promotional sentence in Maltese/Sentenza Promozzjonali bil-Malti:

Programm globali dwar tagħlim biex jittieħdu azzjonijiet għas-Sena Ewropea għall-Iżvilupp 2015 u lil hinn.

Logos in Maltese:

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logo 2015 is sena tal izvilupp

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Learning Teacher Magazine

An article about the We Eat Responsibly Project written by the International Project Coordination Communications Officer, Jiří Marek, has been published in the Learning Teacher magazine. You can find the edition on:  www.learningteacher.eu/magazine. Direct link Magazine 3/2016: www.learningteacher.eu/sites/learningteacher.eu/files/attachments/the_learning_teacher_magazine_3-2016.pdf.  Article on pages 6-8.

We Eat Responsibly Malta Newsletter no. 4 now available here!

Application for We Eat Responsibly projects for scholastic year 2016-2017

Dear colleagues, the application for schools interested in new We Eat Responsibly! projects for the scholastic year starting September 2016 is now available.  Kindly download the form from here, fill in and send to Ms Cynthia Caruana as indicated by not later then Thursday 30th June 2016, at noon.

Wednesday 18th May 2016 – We Eat Responsibly Information Seminar

Eating responsibly not only for health reasons but also for our planet!

Fifty educators from 35 schools from all over Malta and Gozo attended the information meeting on the We Eat Responsibly Project organised by EkoSkola/Nature Trust Malta on Wednesday 18th May at St Theresa College, Birkirkara Middle School, Ta’ Paris.

group photo

The event provided attendees with an exhibit of materials and resources, students’ work and examples of projects from the 14 pilot schools which participated during the current scholastic year.  The various sub-themes which are being investigated in this project include food wastage, overconsumption, processed food and palm oil issue, diversity in food, reduction in meat consumption and local food and seasonality.

floor game

These sub-themes were also presented in a fun and interactive manner for educators and students through the launch of a six metre by three metre canvas floor game which will be made available to schools participating in the project.  This game provides all players the opportunity to learn and discuss about the various issues related to eating responsibly whilst playing.  It can be adapted to all ages from infants to senior citizens! For more information please contact Ms Cynthia Caruana, Project Coordinator on cynthia.caruana.2@ilearn.edu.mt.

‘WE EAT RESPONSIBLY!’ is an EU action-oriented global learning programme for the 2015 European Year for Development and Beyond. Through an action-oriented 7 step Eco-Schools methodology, the project aims to develop critical thinking, knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable young students to become global citizens challenging themselves to adopt new food behaviour patterns.

Programme and links to presentations and resources used during meeting:

09.00 Registrations
09.15 Introduction to the project by Ms Cynthia Caruana, Project Coordinator

Talk by Ms Rita Debattista on Global Education, the issue of food and integration within schools 
10.05 Presentation by students from St Theresa College, Ta’ Paris Middle School, Birkirkara, EkoSkola Committee and visit to vegetable patch
10.25 Group photo in field
10.30 Coffee Break
10.45 Exhibition and Resources – Demo of Games
11.10 Presentation by pilot project schools:

St Benedict College, Birzebbugia Primary

St Nicholas College,  Dingli Primary

Maria Regina College, Dun Manwel Attard Resource Centre

St Joseph School,  Sliema

San Ġorġ Preca College, Valletta Primary

11.35 Eat Responsibly Activities:

Statement Number activity for new teachers

Global Quiz for pilot schools

12.15 Refreshments by Grassy Hopper

More resources provided by Ms Debattista available here:

We Eat Responsibly Information Seminar re Call for New Projects for Scholastic Year 2016-2017

Resources from Pilot phase of the We Eat Responsibly Project – Scholastic Year 2015-2016:

We Eat Responsibly Malta Newsletter 3 – March 2016 out now!


  1. EU Taste Book: Explore the tastes of Europe

Europe’s diverse mix of cultures, traditions and climate has given rise to a unique range of produce which span across all food groups. From meat to fruit and herbs to wine, there are thousands of products we are proud to call our own. Techniques can often be traced back over centuries where methods have been handed down from generation to generation, ensuring that they remain of the highest calibre and that quality never falters. Our passion for food has also translated into an impressive portfolio of dishes and cuisines. Simple plates of food with the fewest of ingredients and the need for minimal intervention can be produced in next to nothing. Yet bolder flavours and unusual condiments can also lead to inspiration for more adventurous gastronomic affairs. It is in this vein that we hope to whet your appetite: to explore and learn from all that Europe has to offer. Each recipe is centred around a product, which is first explored in its European context before setting out a simple step by step dish. So enjoy with us a traditional favourite or why not have a go at something a bit more avant-garde?

Downloadable from here.

2. Meat Atlas: Facts and figures about the animals we eat

The report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates its increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment. The way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink.

The Meat Atlas aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming and advocates clear individual and political solutions.

Downloadable from here.

3. EU Comic book on Organic Farming

An entertaining and educative journey to the world of organic farming

Downloadable in Maltese from here.

Downloadable in English from here.

More about organic farming for all from here.

4. Food facts across countries… downloadable from here.

5. SDGs explained: The World We Want – A Young Person’s Guide to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

SDG 12 (Pg 21) especially focuses on responsible consumption!

Downloadable from here.


We Eat Responsibly roll-up available to use in schools during project related events.  Kindly contact Ms Cynthia Caruana if interested.


We Eat Responsibly Malta Newsletter 2 – December 2015 Out Now!


15th October 2015 – Information and Training Seminar

14 Maltese Eco-Schools awarded ‘We Eat Responsibly’ support funding
Fourteen schools were this morning awarded support funding to implement sustainable consumption projects in their respective school communities. Nature Trust Malta launched We Eat Responsibly last June after securing funding for this EU project which brings together nine EU countries including Malta.
In a special ceremony held this morning at St Benedict College, Kirkop Secondary School to mark World Food Day, Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment handed over the funding to fourteen schools.
Drawing on the realities of their respective school communities the relevant stakeholders will seek to build a school program that addresses the crucial issue of food purchasing and consumption. Through an action-oriented approach based on the tried and tested 7 steps Eco-School methodology, students will develop critical thinking, knowledge, skills and attitudes to become global citizens and challenge themselves to adopt new food behaviour patterns.

The latest WHO report, ranking Maltese people as the most obese in the EU, is definitely a cause for concern and a wake- up call to say the least. However the project’s best bet is to seek another perspective to the erstwhile obvious realities linking health risks to a poor diet. It is in fact geared to make participants revisit the decisions they take daily related to food selection, provision and consumption and how these affect the health of the planet and the quality of life of its inhabitants.
Animal welfare, water conservation and quality, global warming, labour and trade issues, genetic modification of crops and livestock, alternative agricultural practices and food miles will be amongst the themes tackled through these fourteen projects. The school projects will be finalised by the end of this scholastic year. A new call for other interested schools will be out by end of March 2016.

Photo of packsResource packs were distributed to all participating schools.

List of schools awarded support funding:
St Benedict College, Birżebbugia Primary
St Benedict College, Kirkop Secondary School
St Nicholas College, Dingli Primary School
Gozo College, Rabat Primary School
St Michael School, Sta Venera
St Monica School, Gżira
St Joseph School, Senior Section
St Benedict College, Żurrieq Primary School
Dun Manwel Attard Young Adult Education Resource Centre
St Benedict College, Mqabba Primary School
St Francis Secondary School, Sliema
San Ġorġ Preca College, Valletta Primary School
Helen Keller Resource Centre
St Theresa College, Birkirkara Secondary School (Ta’ Paris)

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We Eat Responsibly Malta Newsletter no. 1 now available here!


9th June 2015

Launch of Project: We Eat Responsibly! – Nieklu b’Responsabbiltà! in Malta

‘WE EAT RESPONSIBLY!’ is an action-oriented global learning program for the 2015 European Year for Development and beyond. The project was launched locally by Nature Trust Malta on 9th June 2015. The opening ceremony was held at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park in the presence of Hon. Leo Brincat – Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, distinguished guests together with foreign officials from the partner countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Malta. The event was held in collaboration with MEUSAC as national coordinators for the European Year for Development 2015.


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Championed by the Nature Trust’s EkoSkola programme and with the full support of the Ministry of Education and Employment and the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change this EU-funded project will seek to shed more light on the decisions we take daily related to food provision and consumption and their influence on the health of the planet and its inhabitants.

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The pilot project “We Eat Responsibly” brings together nine EU countries including Malta. Drawing on their experience and the realities in their respective countries the partners will seek to build a school program that addresses the crucial issue of food consumption. Through an action-oriented approach based on the tried and tested 7 steps Eco-Schools methodology, youths will develop critical thinking, knowledge, skills and attitudes to become global citizens and challenge themselves to adopt new food behaviour patterns.


Dr Ċensu Caruana (Lecturer on Responsible Food Consumption, Centre for Environmental Education and Research)

Censu 001We have in September just signed up to a new goal by 2030 to end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. Now is the time to reflect on what does this goal say to me, to my lifestyle and to my choices. Can I set one challenge to myself and act upon it?



Fonzu l-Fenek (Local mascot who relates to the students, eats healthy and lives sustainably)


Do you like to eat? I do! There is so much food to choose from; but I try to choose wisely. I like to eat foods which are healthy, grown and produced locally and which are grown in ways that do not harm the natural environment or the farmers and workers who produce them for us. I especially like foods coming from plants, such as vegetables, cereals, beans, nuts and fruits. Water and milk are my favourite drinks….and of course fresh fruit smoothies. Yummy!






Karmen Tedesco (Local Chef and Culinary writer specializing in cooking healthy food, using local food and traditional recipes)

Karmen TedescoI think it is wonderful to involve young pupils in this theme as I believe in catching them young. Moreover, these same pupils will certainly take the messages to their homes and I can say this from experience. Initiatives at school in whatever area, be it health, environmental etc. always left their mark on the family, home and town or village.


Rita DeBattista (National co-ordinator for Global Education Week in collaboration with the North South Centre of the Council of Europe)

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We can each make the right choices when deciding what to eat by being updated about food issues.  On a wider scale this info will help us understand better the harsh realities facing children and people of the majority world and the great number of refugees fleeing poverty and persecution.

Innovative ideas are required to bridge the great disparity that exists in the world today. Above all we all need to make changes in our lifestyle so that a balanced and healthy diet is ensured for all human beings on our planet no matter where they are born.

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