Safer Internet Day – Resources for PSCD Teachers

The PSCD department within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is once again collaborating with the Commissioner for Children, Aġenzija Appoġġ, and the Cyber Crime Unit within the BeSmart Online Project to celebrate Safer Internet Day. This year, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 8 th February 2022. Safer Internet Day aims to not only promote a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

The PSCD teachers are being encouraged to make students aware of this day and carry out lessons and clips prepared for middle and secondary students during the safer internet day or during that week. The lessons prepared are part of the PSCD learning outcomes syllabus and complement work already done in class and in the reflective workbooks. The toolkit created by the BeSmart Online Team includes lesson plans, video clips and other resources that can be accessed through the link

Sessions on Early Language Development for Parents and Guardians

The Language Policy in Education Unit within the National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, will be organising sessions on early language development. These sessions are aimed for parents and guardians whose children are aged 0-3. The sessions, led by Dr Daniela Gatt and by Dr Lara Ann Vella, will be held online 10:00 am to 11:00 am. All sessions will be held in English.

The schedule is as follows:

Participants are invited to register their interest by filling in the following form: An invitation to attend these sessions will be sent the day before each session.

For further information, email Dr Lara Ann Vella on or call on 25983328.

Read me a Book – Aqrali Ktieb

​The National Literacy Agency has launched a virtual video library ‘Aqrali Ktieb/Read me a Book’.  The library offers a range of recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions were produced in English and Maltese by the reading animators of the Agency.

Educators and parents may borrow up to two recorded sessions, one in Maltese and another one in English every day. These clips, which will be pro​vided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period of circa 3 hours.  Applicants may choose the video clips from the below catalogues. 

To borrow a video clip kindly send email to  Please provide the following information:  
Title of video clip;             
Age of child (0-3, 3-7, 7-11);​             
Date and Time for viewing (Monday to Friday 9:00, 12:30, 4:00p.m or 7:00p.m, Saturday 9:00am or 12:00pm). ​

A link and password will be provided through email by Mr Kurt Azzopardi, 2598 2997.​​​

Click on the following links in order to access the catalogues with the available books:

0-3 Aqrali Ktieb – Read me a Book Catalogue updated 05-11-2021.pdf
4-7 Aqrali Ktieb – Read me a Book Catalogue updated 05-11-2021.pdf
7-11 Aqrali Ktieb – Read me a Book Catalogue updated 05-11-2021.pdf

Science Safari Virtual Treasure Hunt 2022

The Science Centre (Pembroke), within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes, is organising the ninth edition of the Science Safari. This edition will be held online via Microsoft Teams, on Saturday 26th March 2022. The event programme is can be dowloaded here:

Science Safari Programme

This initiative targets Year 8 students and will involve them in an exciting virtual treasure hunt with the theme ‘Science Safari – STEM around us’. Indeed, students can participate from the comfort of their home as long as they have access to Microsoft Teams. The questions and clues will focus on scientific knowledge, skills and competences, related to everyday contexts.

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Vaccine Certificate needed to access Heritage Malta Sites

Heritage Malta would like to inform schools that as from Monday 17th January 2022 visitors to Heritage Malta Sites and Museums will be required to present a valid vaccine certificate. Visitors who do not have a valid vaccine certificate can enter Heritage Malta sites and museums if they provide either of the below:

• Negative RT-PCR or antigen test result not exceeding 72 hours.
• Positive RT-PCR test result not older than 6 months certifying recovery from Covid.
• Vaccination cards issued by health authorities.
• Visitors showing a health certificate stating that visitor cannot be vaccinated due to a health condition.

Students under the age of 12 years are exempt from the above.

Reading Recovery Programme – Malta

This scholastic year, the National Literacy Agency (NLA), in collaboration with University College London (UCL), is implementing Reading Recovery in state primary schools in Malta and Gozo.

Reading Recovery is a literacy intervention programme in English, based on twelve to twenty weeks of instruction, designed to meet the needs of children who have the lowest achievement in literacy learning within a specific 6-month age range in Year 2. Children are taught individually, by a specially trained teacher, for 30 minutes each day. The goal of Reading Recovery is for children to develop effective reading and writing strategies to be able to work within the average range of classroom performance.

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Dingli Primary School Embarks on the Digital Citizenship Education Project

Dingli Primary School is one of the first to embark on the Digital Citizenship Education Project within St Nicholas College. 

The Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal Skills is committed to support schools and educators to address DCE. Thus, a whole project was designed and developed to address challenges such as online rights and responsibilities, online safety and privacy  issues  amongst others. The aim of this project is to empower children to participate actively in a digital society. This involves providing an education that develops critical analysis and the effective use of digital technologies, while fostering respect for human rights and democratic culture.

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Online Family Writing Activity – Ġgantija Temples

This year, the National Literacy Agency will be organising again free of charge Family Writing activities, in Maltese and English, for children and their families. These activities offer families a positive experience of the writing process in a fun and relaxed setting. In the present circumstances, the National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Heritage Malta, is organising an online Family Writing Activity about the ‘Ġgantija Temples’. This online event will be delivered in Maltese.

Families who wish to participate are to apply as follows:

Families who wish to participate in this activity are asked to fill in an online form, by clicking on the link provided above, by not later than Friday 21st January 2022. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis.

For more information about this activity, kindly contact us on 2598 2997 or by email to

Learning Box – Learning at Your Own Pace

From the 30th November 2021, the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability started offering several self-paced and blended learning courses as part of its learning provision. These courses are brought together by professionals and adult learning educators shifting the method of learning from in-class or educator-directed to digital and educator-supported.

What is Learning Box?

Through self-paced and blended courses, adult learners can further their education, upskill, or reskill according to their needs. Learning box aims to provide immersive and engaging digital educational opportunities accessible at any time to adult learners. Furthermore, ensuring high quality standards education in the provision of adult education and focusing on reaching more adult learners including working adults for upskilling and reskilling purposes.

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