News | Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Children benefit from Helen O’Grady development programme

The Vodafone Malta Foundation is supporting children from Kalkara Primary School to attend the award-winning Helen O’Grady Academy development through drama programme.
The Academy provides students with an award-winning programme that has been specifically designed to tap into children’s inherent creativity whilst encouraging them to act confidently and speak clearly. The character-building classes give children the confidence to participate in all aspects of their lives, encouraging them to ask questions, seek answers and share information with others. Classes are given in English which encourages proficiency in spoken English through usage.
The Vodafone Malta Foundation’s Chairperson, Gemma Mifsud Bonnici visited students during their high-energy classes. “Because the Helen O’Grady Academy programme does not involve examinations or any additional pressures, there can be no failures - only a motivating sense of achievement. This is exactly the kind of attitude supported by the Foundation,” said Mrs Mifsud Bonnici.
Charlot Cassar, School Head, added that the school was very excited about this programme and confirmed that the children were benefiting very positively from these sessions.
Alan Montanaro, principal for the Malta branch of the Helen O’Grady Academy thanked The Vodafone Malta Foundation for giving these children this opportunity. “The importance of drama in education is recognised, and the developmental benefits are enormous,” he explained. “The Academy’s dynamic curriculum has been drawn up over the years by psychologists, teachers, and even the students themselves to ensure that the lessons remain relevant and important to the children”
There are over 50,000 students attending Helen O’Grady Drama classes each week, throughout twenty two countries. Malta is the twenty third country to benefit from the award-winning programme which creates lessons around the philosophy that “a lesson learned through fun will never be forgotten.”


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20 May 2009

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