Back to Basics – Educational Blog by Prof. Charles Farrugia

screen-13.48.02[28.10.2020]The pandemic Covid-19 is playing havoc with our lives, not less so with our children’s schooling. On the positive side, home-learning and tele-schooling have stimulated parents and guardians to participate more closely in their children’s education. During this experience, parents have become more aware of the many issues that influence their children’s –young or teenagers- schooling.

Professor Charles Farrugia recently launched the educational blog Back to Basics. The blogs explore different aspects of teaching and learning. These blogs are directed mainly at parents/guardians but teachers and other educators may find them useful as well.

Learn more about Back to Basics by clicking on the following link:

Education – Back to Basics

Recommendations for the Well-Being of Students during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on educators and students alike. Clearly, it has impacted their psycho-social and emotional wellbeing, as well as their teaching and learning. This could have also contributed to gaps and/or losses in children’s knowledge and understanding, the impact of the loss of socialisation, friendships and self-esteem all of which are considered “essential for good mental well-being” (World Health Organisation [WHO], 2020, p.1).

The Ministry for Education and Employment, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta, has prepared a document with recommendations for the well-being of students. Please click on the link below to access the full document in PDF:

Recommendations for the Well-Being of Students

Appeal for Cooperation to ensure the Safe re-opening of Schools

The Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Education and Employment, Dr. Francis Fabri, has appealed for cooperation from all stakeholders as to ensure the safe re-opening of school. Measures highlighted include:

  • The importance for students to stay at home if they are feeling unwell;
  • Students who feel unwell must be picked up from school in a timely manner;
  • Students adhere to the safety protocols by wearing their mask, respect social distancing rules, wash and sanitize hands frequently, and be aware of their learning ‘bubbles’
  • Educators are to encourage students to adhere to these safety measures whilst respecting the protocols themselves.

Click on the link below for more information (Video is in Maltese, subtitled in English):

ONLINE Video Message from the Permanent Secretary of Education

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Back to School 2020/2021: Safety Protocols

Educators and students will be screened prior to entering the school premises every day. Visors or masks must be worn by those entering the school, and temperatures will be taken daily. Students and educators will also be asked to sanitise their hands with alcohol gel which will be available at the entrance of the school. Click on the link below to watch the the explanatory video (in both Maltese and English) :

Video: Safety Protocols

New Guidelines for Childcare Centres Issued by the office of the Deputy PM

Last Friday 5th June saw the re-opening of the childcare centres in Malta and Gozo. This after long-hours of meetings with public health Superintendence and with the partners involved in the childcare centres including the SME Chamber, the Association of Childcare Centres, the Association of Independent Schools, the foundation for educational Services, Jobsplus, the Directorate for Quality and Standards in education, and the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability. The centres were re-opened with very clear guidelines.  You can access these guidelines hereunder:

https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Documents/mitigation-conditions-and-guidances/Guidelines_For_Childcare_Centre.pdf

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EPALE Webinar Series

Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 11.42.01The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills in collaboration with the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability is pleased to present a webinar series based on selected topics by EPALE Ambassadors in Malta to support educators and adult learning professionals to harness the potential of education, training and technology. Each webinar will last one hour and include an opportunity for Q&A. Details on how to access each individual session will be sent by email to each registered participant. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants. Continue reading

Online Sessions for Educational Leaders: COVID-19 Pandemic – Managing Changing Realities – LCEL01/02/2020

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COVID-19 has surely shaken up our realities, routines, habits and in some cases our entire existence.  It’s creating continuous numerous insecurities in what we believed were our solid grounds (health, work, comforts, etc). It is aggressively challenging our perceptions, beliefs and subsiding  our relationships with ourselves, others and the world. Amid the current situation it is normal to be concerned, both as individuals and as Educational Leaders. The Institute of Education is offering the possibility for Educational Leaders to attend a series of on-line seminars  to discuss concerns and difficulties arising from this Challenging moment such as: Continue reading

Collection of Books and Copybooks due to the Covid-19 Outbreak

Screen Shot 2020-04-29 at 11.53.56In consultation with the Health Authorities, the school will give you the opportunity to collect books, copybooks, files that are needed for the online learning taking place. This exercise in this particular moment should only involve the collection of material necessary for learning and not other things. There will be an individual package with books and copybooks left for you. In the meantime, you will be given a date and time when you are requested to collect books and copybooks. Continue reading

Information for Carers and Guardians – Online Teaching in Lieu of Covid-19 Outbreak

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Mr. Keith Bartolo, Head of College Network at St. Clare College, has forwarded the following presentation which briefly explains the current measures being taken by schools in order to ensure a continuation of the teaching and learning process during the Covid-19 outbreak. Special thanks go to Mr. Bartolo and his team for sharing this resource. Click on the link below to access this presentation:

SNC On-line-Teaching-Information-to-Parents (English)

SNC On-line-Teaching-Information-to-Parents (Malti)

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Covid-19 Situation in Malta

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 13.09.31The People and Standards Division, within the office of the Prime Minister, has issued a list of frequently asked questions regarding the current Covid-19 situation. The questions addressed are related to children and schools, telework, quarantine and leave. Please click on the links below in order to access the list of FAQs, both in Maltese as well as in English.

FAQ’s – ENGLISH

MISTOQSIJIET KOMUNI – MALTI