NWAR: An After-School Family Literacy Intervention Programme

Nwar, a literacy after-school intervention programme for students who are encountering literacy difficulties in Maltese or English. This programme targets the acquisition of basic skills: phonological knowledge, alphabet knowledge, phonic knowledge, reading, spelling, writing and comprehension strategies. Nwar is offered twice a week in the afternoon (either between 16:00 and 17:00 or 17:00-18:00 depending on the availability), face-to-face in the following centres: San Ġwann, Rabat, Birkirkara, Hamrun (School Street), Qormi (St Sebastian), Żurrieq and St Paul’s Bay.

Only students who have difficulties with reading and spelling are eligible, therefore students who have a lack of language exposure and cannot understand and speak the language are not eligible. Applicants will be accepted only after an in-house assessment.

For more information, please consult the relevant letter circular here.

The application can also be found in the link below:

https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Programmes/Nwar-Family-Literacy.aspx

Any queries should be addressed to Ms Marika Farrugia, Senior Manager, Nwar family literacy programme: Telephone: 2598 3323; Email: marika.farrugia@ilearn.edu.mt.

Magic of Stories/Seħer l-Istejjer and Pleasure of Reading/Gost il-Qari Programmes in Schools

During the current scholastic year 2022-2023, the National Literacy Agency is organising reading for pleasure sessions through the programmes ‘The Magic of Stories/Seħer l-Istejjer’ for Kinder to Year 2 classes and ‘Pleasure of Reading/Gost-il-Qari’ for Year 3 to Year 6 classes. At present 43 primary schools in Malta and 9 primary schools in Gozo are hosting these programmes.

Each reading session features the sharing of stories from books as well as other interactive activities animated in such a way that stimulate the children’s interest and imagination.  These stories and the corresponding activities help the children to interpret, discuss and analyse stories in a critical way.  Reading sessions are held in Maltese and in English.

Book Champion School Awards

The Literacy and Information Support Unit within the National Literacy Agency in collaboration with the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes organised the Book Champion Schools Awards as part of the World Book Day 2022 celebrations.
Eighty-four state and non-state primary, middle and secondary schools received the Book Champion Schools Awards. Winners in each category, (Gold, Silver and Bronze) were awarded a certificate and a book voucher.

Various schools across our College have participated and received the Book Champion School Awards. These are: Baħrija, Dingli, Mġarr, Mtarfa and Rabat Primaries; and Dingli Secondary. Well done to all the participants !

Course on Maltese Spelling Rules for Students sitting for Maltese SEC Exams

The National Literacy Agency, within the Ministry for Education, invites students sitting for the Maltese SEC exam in 2023 to attend a short course in Maltese on Maltese spelling rules. This course is aimed at those students and their parents/guardians who would like to keep up to date with Maltese spelling and grammar rules. The course will be held online via Microsoft Teams and at the National Curriculum Centre, Joseph Abela Scolaro Street, Ħamrun. The course will be delivered by Mr Karl Scicluna and consists of 9 sessions lasting one hour each. It will be held every Monday from 3.45pm to 4.45pm online or 5pm to 6pm at NCC on the following dates:

The course is free. Students who attend all nine sessions will be given a certificate of attendance by the National Literacy Agency. We encourage students attending the course to send an e-mail to diana.borg.3@ilearn.edu.mt with any spelling difficulties they encounter during their studies. Students who would like to attend this course have to fill in the application form using this Microsoft Forms link: https://forms.office.com/r/ADWKRWe1h8. Please fill in the form by no later than Friday 28th October 2022.

Applicants have to indicate their preferred time slot for the 9 sessions. For further information please call on 2598 3326.

Symbol Literacy Project – Resources for Saint Nicholas Day

December 6th marks the feast of St. Nicholas, who lived between the years 270 and 346. In the Catholic tradition, St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children. Due to the passing down of various stories related to this saint over the last millennium, many European countries have developed the tradition of giving gifts to children. This has led to the telling of various stories and the creation of various symbols, many of which aim to foster a sense of solidarity and encourage good behaviour in children. In the last two centuries, the secular image of Father Christmas that has come to be associated with St. Nicholas has grown in the United States. This character, who we hear so much about from the Media, has unfortunately become synonymous with materialism and consumerism.

In order to restore values as well as build children’s cultural capital, the Symbol Literacy Project, in collaboration with the National Literacy Agency and the University of Malta, is promoting a set of activities towards the celebration of St. Nicholas Day in primary schools. These activities aim to promote: (i) the discovery of the true identity of Father Christmas; (ii) the true value of gifts; (iii) the value of solidarity; (iv) the process of growing children’s cultural capital, which can help with the development of thought, vocabulary, and expression. To this end, we developed and organized educational resources l that you can use and adapt to the children in your class in a Google Drive Folder. In this folder you will find: (i) activity cards suitable for each primary year; (ii) stories in both Maltese and English; (iii) images for posters; (iv) PowerPoint presentation of Christmas stories and songs; (v) craft ideas; (vi) video clips. Much of this material has been adapted from the website http://www.stnicholascenter.org. Should you wish to have access to this material, schools should send an email to nicolina.borg@ilearn.edu.mt.

Summer Opening Hours – Literacy Resource Centres in Malta and Gozo

All educators please note that during the summer months 2022 the opening hours of the National Literacy Agency’s Literacy Resource Centres in Ħamrun, Malta, and Ta’ Sannat, Gozo centres will be as follows:

Literacy Resource Centre, ‘Ġmiel il-Qari’, Ħamrun (from16th June till 30th September 2022)
Monday to Friday: 8.30am-1.00pm
Literacy Resource Centre ‘Doris Vella’, Sannat (from 12th July till 29th September 2022)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9.00am-12.00pm

For more information please contact Mr Mark Camilleri, Senior Manager, on
mark.camilleri.6@ilearn.edu.mt or call 2598 3317 (Ħamrun) or 2598 2089 (Ta’ Sannat).

Inrawmu t-Trabi jaqraw – Teach your Baby to Read

L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu fi ħdan il-Ministeru għall-Edukazzjoni, l-Isport, iż-Żgħażagħ, ir-Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni qed torganizza taħditiet online għal dawk il-familji li qegħdin jistennew tarbija. F’dawn it-taħditiet jiġu diskussi suġġetti bħal kif il-ġenituri/kustodji jistgħu jgħinu lil uliedhom, saħansitra minn qabel ma jitwieldu, sabiex jiżviluppaw il-ħiliet tagħhom tal-lingwa. It-taħditiet se jsiru f’kollaborazzjoni mal-Parentcraft Services u l-familji jistgħu jagħżlu li jsegwuhom bil-Malti jew bl-Ingliż.

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Reading for Pleasure: Online Reading Sessions

The National Literacy Agency has compiled a series of video clips showing reading for pleasure sessions for early years and primary school children. These videoclips introduce books in a fun way to promote a love of reading. These sessions were prepared by The National Literacy Agency’s reading animators. Books are animated in a way which stimulates children’s imagination. Each book is enhanced with activities and exercises related to the story. The videoclips are appropriate for different age groups and are uploaded on The National Literacy Agency’s youtube channel. They can be accessed on these links:

The Early Years:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKSRbqwdo3iffmjfIrOE9M6j

Year 1:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKT9P3xraGf0_NuWgh92u0pE

Year 2:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKSjSdvQxNUeoPrkHcRAfWx5

Year 3:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKRKIzdrHuocVMeZlFSOycP0

Year 4:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKSdB6buG7wWbzptdTU5plzT

Years 5 and 6:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGlYv8NpNKR6eTJFR1r8PPuS9FZoAuWc

Soul Speak – Writing, Reading and Reflection

The National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Spiritual Development in Schools, is organising four sessions of writing, reading and reflection in a new programme entitled ‘Soul Speak’ for primary children from Year 4 till Year 6 (8-10 year olds).

These sessions are an excellent opportunity for children to train in the Writing Process through imaginative and reflective activities which help children to pray in a creative way. Throughout these sessions, the children will be provided with resources in both English and Maltese to help them express themselves in their preferred language. Age-appropriate level in both English and Maltese is expected from applicants.

At the end of the programme, an exhibition of the childrens’ work will be organised and a celebration activity where a certificate is awarded to those who attend and participate in all four sessions.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 29th April 2022. If the activity is oversubscribed, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Payment should be made by cheque payable to the National Literacy Agency and should be sent together with reference to the applicant’s details as per the application link to The National Literacy Agency, National Curriculum Centre, Joseph Abela Scolaro Street, Ħamrun ĦMR 1304 by the closing date.

For further information email us on mwp.nla@ilearn.edu.mt or call Mr Samuel Galea on 2598 2997.