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 https://www.besmartonline.org.mt/sid-toolkit.

Friendship Cards – Resources and Training Sessions for Educators

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.

More information and dates can be accessed here: https://www.friendshipcards.org/availability/

Resources for PSCD Educators and students on Animal Awareness

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:

Verżjoni bil-Malti

English Version

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 george.c.farrugia@gov.mt 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.

Alison Bezzina, Commissioner