Fundación MAPFRE has announced the launch of the fifth edition of its educational programme entitled ‘Caqlaq’. This year, the focus will be on the awareness and enjoyment of physical exercise and related activities by children in local primary and secondary schools.
During a signing ceremony held in the presence of H.E. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace, Oscar Picazo of Fundación MAPFRE, stated that for this year’s edition of ‘Caqlaq’, Fundación MAPFRE will be teaming up with the Malta Volleyball Association (MVA), which will be implementing the programme on its behalf.
As part of the ‘Caqlaq’ programme, the MVA will be conducting a series of visits to primary and secondary schools, and organise events for schoolchildren. The focus of these activities will be to give children exposure to physical activity, within a fun environment, while enabling them to experience aspects of physical activity, such as basic motor skills, agility, movement coordination, and teamwork. Jesmond Saliba, President of the Malta Volleyball Association said that “The aim is to develop children’s interest in regular physical activity through participation in a sport, at least at a basic level. We also see this as a vehicle for social inclusion through sport, which is an underlying theme of the Maltese Presidency of the EU and something which we, as an Association, strongly believe in. Therefore the theme we will adopt for this year's ‘Caqlaq’ programme will be 'Let's all play!'.”
President Coleiro Preca thanked Fundacion Mapfre, for their firm Corporate Social Responsibility beliefs which sees them sponsoring the Ċaqlaq programme for the fifth year running, as well as the Malta Volleyball Association, for partnering in this edition and in the way it embraced its commitment towards society in the field of sport, formation and social inclusion.
Malta is the most obese nation in the European Union, outweighing Latvia by 5 per cent. The same survey also states that more than one in 4 adults, (approximately 24 per cent) are considered obese. Meanwhile, a study titled ‘Prevalence of Obesity in Malta – 2014-2016', issued by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery states that 7 in 10 adults are overweight or obese.