Thursday, 7 March 2013

CULTURE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION IN MALTA




Between 2nd and 5th March 2013, the Malta UNESCO Youth Association hosted the second meeting of the European Partnership on Adult Education and Mobility for Social Inclusion (EPAEMSI) welcoming over 50 adult learners from disadvantaged social groups from Spain, Malta, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Italy and United Kingdom. The Project, co-funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme, aims at using the experience of the seven partner organisations on social inclusion and the active participation of adult learners from disadvantaged social groups in order to promote and improve social inclusion through education, in particular non-formal and informal education.

During the four-day intercultural experience that kicked-off on Saturday 2nd March, the participants have participated in: workshops on social inclusion, a treasure hunt in Valletta and interactive activities at Hagar Qim. The experience culminated at the Kennedy Nova hotel with a conference on non-formal education for social inclusion. This was followed by an intercultural celebration open to all participants, local NGOs and members of the public.

During their time in Malta the participants have taken part in a series of activities orientated at social inclusion through education. These activities included a presentation by Malta UNESCO Youth Association on best practices on education for social inclusion.

In order to continue with the work of the project, before the next meeting in Romania, a series of activities will take place at local level with trainers/teachers and adult learners from each organisation reflecting on the best practices presented in Malta.