38 organisations to benefit from Euro 712,000

through partnership projects with the EU-funded Lifelong Learning Programme

Hon. Dr. Stephen Spiteri, Parliamentary Assistant at the Ministry of Education and Employment, today presented 38 organisations and educational institutions with funding grant agreements under the EU-funded Lifelong Learning Programme managed by the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA). The total value of these agreements amounts to €712,000.

Among the organisations benefiting are various State, Church and Private Primary Schools, MCAST, the Directorate for Lifelong Learning, the Malta Health Network, the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations, Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association and the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion. Project themes include art and design, innovation and sustainability, wellbeing, social inclusion, active ageing, active citizenship and the environment. These Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig partnership projects were selected as a result of the call for applications which closed February 2012.

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Hon. Dr. Spiteri said that “this type of funding is important both for the educational system and to the organisations themselves, who will be in a position to utilise these EU funds for the benefit of their students and staff. So it is with great satisfaction that such schools and NGOs are able to apply for and benefit from these opportunities.”

During this activity, the European Language Label award was also presented to the Easy School of Languages. This quality award encourages new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, rewards new techniques in language teaching and the spreading of knowledge and good practice. The Label, an EU-wide initiative, seeks to raise the standards of language teaching across Europe. This project, implemented locally and entitled “An All Sensory Experience: Learning English the Easy Way”, included learning with the help of an e-learning platform, GPS tool guides, MP3 players and the use of interactive whiteboards.

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In his introduction, the EUPA National Coordinator Mr. Robert Debono stated that “the agency has been collaborating with educational institutions for the past years through EU funding and we consider them as our main stakeholders. The Lifelong Learning Programme ranges from funding for child education (Comenius), to students in higher education (Erasmus), to the workplace (Leonardo da Vinci) to adult education (Grundtvig). The agency, through funding from the European Commission, is proud to be contributing positively to the development of our community and to the education of our citizens.”

The Lifelong Learning programme is a European funding programme which enables individuals at all stages of their lives to pursue learning opportunities across Europe. The LLP provides funding for all stages of lifelong learning; for activities at school, at college, at university, in the workplace and in the community. The LLP is made up of four sectoral programmes (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig) offering a variety of opportunities including individual mobility, partnership and cooperation projects. Further information about LLP can be found online by visiting www.llp.eupa.org.mt.

These initiatives are funded with the support of the European Commission (Directorate General Education and Culture). Information on the European Union Programmes Agency can be found at the agency website www.eupa.org.mt.