Parents or caregivers have an enormous influence on a child’s healthy development and well-being, particularly during the early stages of a child’s life. It is therefore important that parents are aware of the topics and learning outcomes of PSCD so they can also engage with their children on topics of relevance and importance to the personal and social development of the children. Some of the learning outcomes of PSCD focus on sexual health issues and how to use the internet and social media platforms in a responsible, respectful, and critical way. The involvement of parents not only acknowledges the role of parents or caregivers in their children over all education and well-being but also leads to closer ties between the parents or caregivers, the school and the teacher.
As in previous years the peripatetic PSCD teachers are therefore organising parents’ meetings according to the different years. The schedule of such meetings is to be decided by the peripatetic teachers together with the SLT. This is the suggested schedule is:
The PSCD department within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is once again collaborating with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ to offer sessions on different themes to secondary school students. The sessions held are directly related to the PSCD learning outcomes syllabus. The ‘My choice’ programme focuses on the following themes: Year 9: How to deal with stress – Year 10: My Interests and Hobbies – Year 11: My opinion, my vote. In the information sheet attached HERE, there is more information about the dates available.
Those schools which are interested in one or more of these sessions are to appoint a contact person (details to be included in the application) so that Aġenzija Żgħażagħ communicates with the indicated person directly, to make the necessary arrangements. Bookings are accepted on a first come first basis. Bookings are to be made on the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/VHiUbUGUr8. Aġenzija Żgħażagħ will be in touch with the person concerned three days before the booked date to re-confirm all the arrangements. The sessions will be delivered by the Youth Workers working with Agenzjija Żgħażagħ,
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 https://www.besmartonline.org.mt/sid-toolkit.
Friendship Cards are a new educational tool thought to improve the lives of whoever makes use of them. The cards have been developed by Relationships are Forever Foundation, with the intention of helping children and youth develop their abilities to build strong relationships with their families, friends and others that they will come across during the course of their lives.
The first edition of Friendship Cards is focused on Resolving Conflicts. These cards aim to help students to:
Feel comfortable in saying how you feel, talking with each other and finding out what caused the disagreement;
Realise that you may have said or done something wrong;
Focus on taking positive steps and avoiding hurtful behaviour so that you can make up and be good friends again.
Courses for Educators and Parents/Guardians
The Foundation is organising a series of courses for Educators, Youth Workers, and Families (MQF Level 3) which will enable participants to learn how to use the friendship cards, as well as receive a resource pack.
The Commissioner for Animal Welfare, Ms. Alison Bezzina, has recorded a 5-minute message (in both Maltese and English) for PSCD Educators to show their students attending Years 4 – 6 during their lessons. The messages can be downloaded here:
Furthermore, the Office of the Commissioner for Animal Welfare has published a bilingual publication aimed at Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to be distributed free to every child in these groups when the video clip is shown in class. Schools are to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating how many copies of books are required and these will be delivered to schools for free. Orders need to be sent by Thursday 29th April 2021 with delivery to be expected in May and until stocks last, on a first come first served basis.