Following a thorough evaluation of the Maltese Education system, in 2016 the Ministry for Education launched a school reform branded under the name My Journey – Achieving Through Different Paths Inclusive and Comprehensive Equitable Quality Learning Programmes.

  • Nationwide

    Location

    Nationwide

  • European Regional Development Fund

    Fund

    European Regional Development Fund

  • Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life

    Programme

    Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life

  • €12,000,000

    Cost of Project

    €12,000,000

  • €3,000,000

    Total EU Allocation

    €3,000,000

The aim was to propose an equitable quality learning provision in secondary schools that respects all students’ multiple aptitude levels and provides different learning programmes and different modes of learning assessments. My Journey’ constitutes a new direction in including vocational and applied subjects as a tangible measure to reduce early school leavers and, potentially, increase tertiary education attainment.

In implementing this reform, the Ministry for Education also focused on the infrastructure needed to implement the system in local schools so that the students have appropriate environment to practice. Through national and EU Funds, Malta invested in expanding and modernising the physical infrastructure in order to be able to provide quality vocational education and applied training.

The EU-funded Invest programme is one pillar of the implementation of MyJourney and involves the completion of 77 labs spread among 13 state secondary schools,  in Malta and Gozo, aimed to offer facilities for the teaching of vocational and applied subjects. The supplies (equipment) for these labs were co-financed by the EU’s Cohesion funding.

These modern laboratories were designed to provide students in general secondary schools with the resources and equipment that is found in today’s industries in the sectors of Agribusiness, Engineering Technology, Fashion and Textiles, Hairdressing and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Information Technology, Media Literacy Education and Retail.

My Journey seeks to promote increased links between education and industry. Linking education to industry has been a well-established practice in providing high quality training and streamlining education to make it as relevant to the industry as possible and thereby reducing skills mismatches.

Every workshop features real life on-the-job settings, including state-of-the-art equipment such as high-tech machinery and specialised furniture. As an example, hospitality-focused labs, include industrial kitchen units, restaurant floors with bar areas, reception and concierge desks and even a bedroom.

The total cost of the project amounted to €12 million, with over 55% of which went towards works expenses and €5.3 million went towards supplies. €3 million worth of the supplies were financed through the European Regional Development Fund.

This project is also a tangible implementation of the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal number 4, which calls on authorities in the educational sector to move from a ‘one size fits all’ system to a more inclusive and ‘comprehensive learning system ‘which ‘equitably support all children’s individual talents’ and needs through quality academic, vocational and applied learning programmes.

This project, along with reforms in education, has created the concept of the student’s journey. The aim behind the reforms in the education system is to ensure that all children develop into young people and adults equipped with the necessary skills and attitudes to be active citizens.

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