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Restoration works on Gudja Chapel being carried out by MCAST college students


Sep 21, 2022

Minister for Schooling and Employment Owen Bonnici visits ongoing restoration works by MCAST college students at Gudja’s Saint Catherine Chapel

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Restoration works on St Catherine’s Chapel in Gudja are at the moment being carried out by the Malta Faculty for Arts, Science and Expertise (MCAST) college students following programs in masonry heritage expertise.

Minister for Schooling and Employment Owen Bonnici lately visited the continued restoration works.

Bonnici highlighted that these college students are finishing up restoration works on a number of websites round Malta together with St Catherine’s Chapel in Gudja. He stated: “If we wish to maintain preserving our wealthy cultural heritage via cautious restoration of historic websites, we additionally have to make it possible for we’ve expert individuals to do that essential work. Safeguarding heritage websites can also be about safeguarding trades and guaranteeing that expertise and strategies are discovered by younger folks via hands-on studying.”

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MCAST Principal and CEO Joachim James Calleja stated: “All our vocational programs supply college students the chance to achieve each sensible and theoretical expertise. The Development Division inside the Institute for Engineering and Transport provides programs that allow learners to take up a profession in stone restoration. Lecturers information our learners to take part in stone restoration interventions. Previous initiatives embody restoration work at St Philip’s Chapel in Senglea, St Augustine Convent in Rabat and the station in Birkirkara. This yr’s initiatives embody the stone restoration of iconic niches in a number of villages and collaboration with parishes and native councils. College students following these heritage expertise programs can progress to the following degree whereas studying recording strategies in addition to cleansing and testing procedures.”

Bonnici defined that MCAST provides programs in building and heritage expertise at varied ranges guaranteeing that younger persons are skilled within the upkeep, safety and preservation of heritage websites. One of many ongoing initiatives is the restoration of the Chapel of St Catherine’s in Gudja, which was inbuilt 1631. The current chapel changed an older one which was inbuilt 1562.

MCAST’s Institute for Engineering and Transport provides over fifty programs, and college students can progress from entry-level programs to diploma programs. The masonry heritage expertise course is obtainable by the Development Division with its Greater Diploma in Masonry Heritage Abilities (Kapumastru). The sensible coaching is carried out in college-based workshops and on heritage websites.

MCAST will open the second name of purposes for programs beginning in October from the seventh to eleventh September.


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