EU Project – Malta November 2019
The first meeting was held in the Ministry for Education and Employment. The Centre is a one stop shop for adult education and employment information. Adult education is promoted with the ‘Living is Learning’ theme. We had very interesting presentations from the Maltese partner about adult learning in Malta and other EU projects regarding education and training that Malta is participating with. The use of EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) as an online forum for adult education professionals to promote adult learning opportunities and engage with colleagues across Europe was also presented.
In the afternoon, we visited a Primary School in Valletta to learn about the ‘Schools as Community Learning Spaces’ project. This programme promotes the use of informal community learning space, e.g. in schools, to provide adults with access to upskilling including basic literacy and numeracy. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend adult education classes while their child is at school.
Day two of the meeting was held at a Lifelong Learning Centre where we visited classrooms to observe teaching and learning practice. We also had presentations on professional development for tutors /educators and learned about materials and resources developed for adult basic education learners participating in ‘The Key’ project. This programme aims to improve access to education and lifelong learning which may eventually result in improved prospects of finding employment.
Before we left for home, we were fortunate to fit in a brief visit St. John’s Cathedral to view the Caravaggio painting ‘The Beheading of John the Baptist’. Dating back to the early 17th century, it is the largest of Caravaggio’s paintings.
The 5th project meeting will be held in Spain in March 2020.