Visits to Malta by Mr Farid Abu Gosh, Founder of the Trust Foundation, Jerusalem
The objective of the visit held from the 24th to 26th February 2016 was to draw up a plan of action to improve inclusion of children and families from an Arab background in Maltese schools and consequently in Maltese society. Communication between Trust and the Migrant Learners’ Unit started in the first quarter of 2015 and visits by Mr Abu Gosh were held in February 2015 and May 2015. Both parties agreed that new migrants needed special assistance and Trust was willing to offer its help in this regard. The area of inclusion focusing on mothers and children was selected.
During the visit, the following activities were held:
- A seminar for College Principals and Heads of School on “Communicating and working with parents from an Arab background”;
- A seminar for Directors of Education, Education Officers and personnel from the Directorate for Student Services, with the theme “Assuring the integration of learners from an Arab background into the Maltese Education system”. During the seminar different reflection groups were set up focusing on the diverse needs of migrant learners;
- Internal meetings with stakeholders where needs and possible activities for actual implementation were identified.