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Malta:Adult Education and Training

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Overview Malta

Contents

Malta:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Malta:Historical Development

Malta:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Malta:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Malta:Political and Economic Situation

Malta:Organisation and Governance

Malta:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Malta:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Malta:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Malta:Organisation of Private Education

Malta:National Qualifications Framework

Malta:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Malta:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Malta:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Malta:Funding in Education

Malta:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Malta:Higher Education Funding

Malta:Adult Education and Training Funding

Malta:Early Childhood Education and Care

Malta:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Malta:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Malta:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Malta:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Malta:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Malta:Primary Education

Malta:Organisation of Primary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Malta:Assessment in Primary Education

Malta:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Malta:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Malta:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Malta:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Malta:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Malta:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Malta:Higher Education

Malta:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Malta:First Cycle Programmes

Malta:Bachelor

Malta:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Malta:Second Cycle Programmes

Malta:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Malta:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Malta:Adult Education and Training

Malta:Distribution of Responsibilities

Malta:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Malta:Main Providers

Malta:Main Types of Provision

Malta:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Malta:Teachers and Education Staff

Malta:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Malta:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Malta:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Malta:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Management and Other Education Staff

Malta:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Malta:Management Staff for Higher Education

Malta:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Malta:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Quality Assurance

Malta:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Malta:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Educational Support and Guidance

Malta:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Malta:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Malta:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Malta:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Malta:Mobility and Internationalisation

Malta:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Mobility in Higher Education

Malta:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Malta:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Malta:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Malta:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Malta:National Reforms in School Education

Malta:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Malta:National Reforms in Higher Education

Malta:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Malta:European Perspective

Malta:Legislation

Malta:Glossary

The process that led to the development of the Malta National Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020 has assisted policy makers in taking stock of the state of adult learning and training in Malta and at the same time to challenge what is understood by the notion of ‘learning’. Policy makers have the duty to provide the adult population with tangible opportunities for relevant education beyond compulsory schooling age. The rapid changes taking place in society, affecting both the personal and the working life of citizens, necessitate that measures are put in place to address the ongoing educational requirements of people in different stages of their lives. These include people who are in employment and seek self-fulfilment in learning to those in phases of ‘non-paid’ work; those who wish to use education to up-skill their careers to people in their third age.

The government of Malta is aware that the reform agenda for education and training that has been embarked upon needs to be accelerated and for investment to be made in efficient and equitable high quality education and training. In this light lifelong learning is perceived as an additional driver for growth, jobs, competitiveness and social change. Access to relevant learning throughout life is thus seen as a fundamental cornerstone in the government’s aspirations for Malta to become a learning society.

The Malta National Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020, which was drafted by the Directorate for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers within the Ministry for Education and Employment, identifies five strategies by which to attain its aims of facilitating personalised and supportive learning systems for all adults in the Maltese Islands:

  1. To stimulate participation in Lifelong Learning by Maltese adults by creating a demand and a desire for learning. This latent demand does not lie solely among those with low-skills and at risk of poverty and social exclusion, but also among people in employment who wish to further their skills set and job mobility;
  2. To place the ‘learner’ at the centre by optimising all possible types of innovative learning methods and environments to make learning flexible, personal, accessible and relevant. This implies a commitment to alternative pathways, beyond those defined by formal learning;
  3. To improve skills sets that contribute to professional development, employment mobility and active citizenship;
  4. To develop support structures for adult learning;
  5. To improve governance in the lifelong learning sector, exploring structural, institutional, fiscal, legal, political and administrative measures available.

The legal framework regulating the lifelong learning sector is the Education Act - Chapter 327 of the Laws of Malta.