The Institute for Education within the Ministry of Education and Employment in collaboration with the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the University of Verona and ERE Group of IACM/FORTH is leading an EU funded Erasmus+ Project entitled Creation of Continuous Professional Development for Educators.
The aim of this project is to harness and adapt the experiences gained from all the project partners in setting up and running a dedicated continuous professional development programme for educators in Malta. This is being developed on the input and experiences of transnational partners and experts as well as an evaluation methodology that will assist in assessing the impact and effectiveness of the training being provided. The results will be shared locally and with the project partners initially, and then publicized for adoption and more widespread European use.
In view of this, two days of professional development in Leading and Teaching for Equity, a learning programme developed by the three partners has been organised on the 26th and 27th October 2016 for all Maltese College Principals, Heads of Schools and Assistant Heads at St Clare College Pembroke Secondary and at the National Sports school in Pembroke.
The professional development consisted of the following sessions delivered by the foreign partners:
- a)Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: issues of racism, cultures, religions and languages by Prof Agostino Portera and Dr Marta Milani from the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the University of Verona.
- b)Parental Involvement and teachers coping with change and teachers’ skills upgrading by Dr Kathy Kikis-Papadakis’ team, Dr Nelly Guet, International Consultant and Ms Eszter Salamon, President of the European Parents’ Association.
The participants were exposed to the particular issues such as children’s rights, decision making in an autonomous school and inclusion of migrants. Consequently they discussed and reflected on their own authentic situations, identifying the challenges and enablers which were most of the time not only common to the different colleges and schools but also common to what is experienced by our foreign partners.
Though the discussion cannot come to an end, professional development focusing on Leading and Teaching for Equity as part of the EU funded Erasmus+ project Creation of Continuous Professional Development for Educators will resume in March with the Primary, Middle and Secondary School teachers.