Last Updated 23 | 07 | 2012 at 15:40

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Nursery rhymes for young children in Maltese

Article By:
Annette Vella

Do you know a poem, lyrics or any nursery rhymes in Maltese that are aimed for children under the age of five? Then you are invited to pass this information to a committee that has just been set up to promote the Maltese language in the most informal and entertaining way for infants and young children.

The project is a joint effort by the National Council for the Maltese language and the Department of Curriculum and eLearning within the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education.

Once the lyrics are sent in, they will be evaluated by the music committee. Music will be composed for the ones selected which will then be uploaded on YouTube and compiled in a CD that will be distributed free of charge to kindergarten and early years primary classrooms.

The lyrics sent are to have basic themes with the aim of introducing children to the world and social life around them. These include: seasons, names of months and days of the week, weather, clothes, holidays (such as Christmas, Carnival and Easter), village feasts, numbers, alphabet letters and their sounds, body parts and movements, colours, shapes and dimensions, animals, family members, jobs, real or fictitious characters that appeal to children, toys, musical instruments, transport and games.

This list of topics is being given as an indication. The Committee will consider any other topic which is suitable for young children.

The wording sent should be original and entertaining; be related to the world of children today; look at things through the eyes of children, and is not a reflection of adult life on childhood; include an element of imagination; have proper use of the Maltese language and must have an open attitude towards other cultures and embrace the principles of social equality.

Lyrics should be sent by August 31 to Authors will retain their rights and their names will be mentioned wherever these are used. This is a non-profit project with the aim of compiling educational material for children. No payments will be given to authors whose lyrics are selected. 

The Music Committee is not bound to promote all the lyrics it receives, but only those that are appropriate and of good quality. The lyrics that are not considered suitable for this project will not be used elsewhere.

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