Selection and CPD Selection of staff is through a public call and a rigorousinterview. Professional teachers are recruited for thejob with at least an MQF level 6 qualification A coordinator for Basic Skills (Literacy and Numeracy)and a coordinator for ICT take care of courses logisticsand courses development Staff are offered Continuous Professional Developmentthrough pre-service and in-service training sessions.Plans are in hand for the validation of these courses Coordinators also perform class visits to offer supportto staff throughout the course
Quality Assurance A common framework is adopted by alladult educators in numeracy and literacyand in computer awareness A coordinator for Quality Assurancesupports the overall process by payingvisits to classes, and by helpingcoordinators to develop mechanisms forthe provision of feedback to adulteducators
Feedback to adult learners Learners are provided continuous feedback through theuse of a checklist whereby the adult educator assessesthe acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencealong the course A portfolio is compiled by learners along the coursewhere they keep evidence of the Learning outcomesreached A standardised end-of-course formal assessment iscarried out to certify whether the learner has acquired thenecessary level A second assessor reviews the marked assessmentpapers for the sake of consistency and transparency.
Validation Basic skills (Literacy & Numeracy)courses and Computer Awareness havebeen level rated at MQF level 1 A process for the validation of level 2Basic Skills courses is currently inprocess
Strategic Partners The Directorate provides basic skillscourses in its Adult Education Centres,seven in Malta and one in Gozo It has established a working relationshipwith the Department of LocalGovernment to provide Basic Skillscourses in Local Councils through aspecial funding scheme
Other community based courses are provided inconjunction with ACCESS community centres,with the Paulo Freire Institute and SVDPResidence Basic Skills courses and Computer Awarenesscourses are provided in conjunction with theNational Council of Women and FITA The Directorate supports NGOs working withdisadvantaged groups in the provision of BasicSkills and Computer Awareness courses such asCaritas and St Jeanne Antide Foundation
Employers The Directorate has cooperated with theArmed Forces of Malta to conduct a wideranging up-skilling exercise by providingBasic Skills courses for army recruits invarious centres in Malta and Gozo This service can be provided to otheremployers who may be interested in theskilling, re-skilling or up-skilling of theirworkforce
Learners who sat for the formalassessment in basic skills at MQF level 10501001502002503002011 2012NumeracyEnglishMaltese
Computer Awareness Coursescarried out in 2011-2012020406080100120140160180200learnersattended coursesat successfully for finalassessment
Other courses The Directorate offers a number of MQF 1 courses ina number of languages with the aim of enabling adultstake up the learning of foreign languages starting offfrom a very basic level. We are currently in the process of validating level 2courses in the various languages. The same applies for a variety of craft courses withthe aim of provided accreditation to learners wholearn either a foreign language or a craft. The Directorate also organises a number of familylearning courses where parents are educated inknowledge, skills and competences related to theirchildren’s education – complement the basic skills.
Its never too late to learn!Qatt mhu tard biex titgħallem!Thankyou!Grazzi!