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 !

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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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.

Artificial Intelligence in Education – Pilot Project for Schools

The National Literacy Agency has teamed up with the Centre for Literacy of the University of Malta and the Malta Digital Innovation Agency to run a project using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education. The project: AI puppets for Literacy Education is in line with the National Strategy and Vision for AI in Malta 2030.  The main purpose of this project is to develop and promote AI in education projects with children (8 to 10 year-olds), educators and parents.

The project seeks to demonstrate what is within the realm of possibilities using AI during the Gost il-Qari/Reading for Pleasure programme.  A number of learning scenarios for the use of AI Puppets during shared reading sessions have been planned and developed.  Mini-computers called microbits and laptops are being used to demonstrate machine learning. The project, which includes language and literacy tasks and games involving speech and text recognition, is being piloted at the Hamrun GP primary school.

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 kurt.lee.azzopardi.2@ilearn.edu.mt.  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, tel.no 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

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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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 mwp.nla@ilearn.edu.mt