Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo has paid tribute to the teenager who died on Friday night in a traffic accident in Mgarr.
In a post on Facebook, Bartolo asked what sense is there when a life is cut so short.
He said the young man, Alan Galea, had taken part in the alternative educational programme which the government had set up (Bartolo was Education Minister until last January).
He said Galea prepared a speech which was “short but powerful”, and had told the minister that he had spent the night writing it.
“Alan was the perfect example that there are no students not fit for schools, but schools that are not fit for students,” Bartolo wrote. Some students hate schools because it was the school that hated.
When they find the right niche, they go to school with an open heart, and Alan had found his in the alternative educational programme, Bartolo wrote.
“He had a life ahead of him. Now he has died. Our life is made up of castle on the sand with the waves coming up to destroy wherever they reach. We continue to build, the waves continue to destroy. We must continue to build because it’s better to build for a short time than build nothing at all.”
Il-jum it-tajjeb. Alan ta’ 19-il sena miet b’habta bil-karozza nhar il-Gimgha tard fil-ghaxija meta mill-Imgarr kien…