Lifelong learning and accessibility for migrant adult learners

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Lifelong learning and accessibility for migrant adult learners Mario Cardona Directorate for Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning and accessibility for migrant adult learners Mario Cardona Directorate for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers

Lifelong learning as growth • Education cannot have all the solutions to society’s problems.

Lifelong learning as growth • Education cannot have all the solutions to society’s problems. • Education cannot have all the solutions to people’s problems. • But learning is key to people reaching their fulfillment, wherever they are. • Learning is synonymous with growth, personal development in its wider sense.

Lifelong learning as possibility • For Maltese adults lifelong learning means – Getting the

Lifelong learning as possibility • For Maltese adults lifelong learning means – Getting the qualifications one has failed to obtain in compulsory education – Learning new things for better job prospects – Learning new things to re-enter the labour market after a period of parenthood and home-making – Learning a new language in order to be able to communicate with family and friends – Satisfying the need to meet people and socialise

– Developing one’s creative abilities – Following particular personal interests in crafts, arts, languages,

– Developing one’s creative abilities – Following particular personal interests in crafts, arts, languages, personal and social skills – Equipping oneself with the skills for community involvement and participation • Lifelong learning also means learning from participation in social, cultural and economic activity – Learning from family life – Learning from the workplace – Learning from participation in civil society

Lifelong learning as access • For migrants of all origins, arriving in Malta may

Lifelong learning as access • For migrants of all origins, arriving in Malta may be a shock, a possible new start in life, a stepping stone towards another promised land, an open prison, heaven or hell. • Some would want to try making a new life, find a good job, have enough money to live a decent life, many would want to make friends, to have a future, to become human, constantly more human

 • For all these persons learning and education offer new possibilities. • Some

• For all these persons learning and education offer new possibilities. • Some can afford to go to day courses, at MCAST or maybe ITS. • Others are lucky to have a job and invest time and energy in evening classes of the Adult Education Unit (AEU), MCAST, NGOs.

Participation in AEU courses MFL Level 1 MFL Level 2 EFL Level 1 EFL

Participation in AEU courses MFL Level 1 MFL Level 2 EFL Level 1 EFL Level 2 Maltese Entry Level (basic) English MQF 1 English MQF 2 English Sec. English Advanced English Conversation 368 94 266 138 18 44 27 17 92 29 84

Italian MQF 1 Italian MQF 2 Italian Sec. Spanish MQF 1 Spanish MQF 2

Italian MQF 1 Italian MQF 2 Italian Sec. Spanish MQF 1 Spanish MQF 2 Spanish Sec. German MQF 1 German MQF 2 German Sec. Italian Conversation Spanish Conversation French MQF 1 French Level 2 French Sec. French Conversation 100 23 15 54 18 6 42 8 5 13 8 38 7 2 10

Computer Awareness Internet awareness ECDL Living & Working in Malta(non EU nationals) MFL Level

Computer Awareness Internet awareness ECDL Living & Working in Malta(non EU nationals) MFL Level 1(short course, non EU nationals) Personal Empowerment Automotive Engineering 10 7 25 53 20 7 4

Lifelong learning as opening up • The AEU has to face the challenge of

Lifelong learning as opening up • The AEU has to face the challenge of – Knowing the foreigner – Knowing his or her needs, aspirations, dreams and fears – Knowing how to best speak his or her language – Catering for his or her needs in the most diverse of ways, mainly by co-operating with migrant NGOs – Training Adult Educators to adopt an adequate pedagogy

“I had returned to learn as many languages as possible. Many languages badly rather

“I had returned to learn as many languages as possible. Many languages badly rather than one correctly. As long as I could communicate with everybody, get to know people and new problems, feel amused at the sacred boundaries of the homelands. ” Lorenzo Milani

Thank you! Mario Cardona Directorate for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leaving www. lifelonglearning.

Thank you! Mario Cardona Directorate for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leaving www. lifelonglearning. gov. mt Lifelong Learning Courses Malta & Gozo, Early School Leaving