Immigration and Education: A Need for a Policy

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An educational system that is sensitised to the needs of immigrant communities is key to inclusion and to the erosion of the isolation that may be linked with cultural and linguistic inaccessibility. Diversity can therefore represent an educational opportunity, besides also being a vehicle for democratization and equity.

The challenges faced by the Maltese educational system go well beyond the needs of European nationals and those of learners with a mixed background. The growing number of third country nationals has extended the cultural and linguistic encounters beyond the European and neighbourhood boundaries.

In an era of globalisation and human mobility, diversity is a therefore a vital educational tool: however, benefits can only be reaped if educators are adequately prepared and if resources are provided to meet the growing demands.

A conference to look at the educational system holistically, to identify the challenges at various junctures and to propose ways forward is being organised on the 12th and 13th of April between 09:00 and 14:00 at the University’s Valletta Campus in St. Paul Street Valletta.

The conference is co-organised by the Office of the Pro-Rector for Student and Staff Affairs & Outreach, the Faculty for Social Wellbeing, the Faculty of Education and the Ministry for Education and Employment.

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