The Centre for Literacy
is a research and development centre that focuses on the area of
literacy and other basic skills. Its mission is to respond productively
to the increased need for literacy and other basic skills issues to be
addressed in both professional development and research. The Centre is
involved in policy advice, consultancies and training for different
educational and professional bodies, ministries, national agencies and
institutions. These include the Ministry of Education, Culture,
Youth and Sport, the Ministry for Social Policy, the Employment and
Training Corporation, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology
(MCAST), the Foundation for Educational Services (FES), State, Private
and Church schools and a number of non-governmental organisations.
The Centre for Literacy
strives to improve practice and inform policy through the generation of
knowledge by creating a strong research culture and by developing
professional practice. It is committed to the promotion of high
quality research and its effective communication, especially in areas
related to children’s literacy and to maintaining strong partnerships
with schools and the wider educational community.
has carried out two National Literacy surveys and a follow up Value
Added Study. The findings in all cases have been published.
Literacy Provision Project:
Following the National Literacy Surveys, a detailed case-study project
has been embarked on to identify the characteristics of effective
schools especially with regard to their plans to improve the quality of
the education in the school with particular reference to literacy.
Effective Literacy Practices in Primary Schools:
The two National Literacy Surveys and the value added study were
important in gauging the literacy attainment of all Maltese pupils at
Year 2 and Year 5 levels.
National Mathematics Survey:
As a result of the success of the two National Literacy Studies and the
value added study in literacy, a national baseline assessment of all
Year 1 pupils’ mathematical skills was conducted in 2004.
Modern Foreign Languages Project:
The Literacy Unit is working towards improving and developing the
methods of foreign language learning in schools, through the use of new
technologies and other visual-aided material with specific reference to
literacy. It is involved in a number of European Union and
Euro-Mediterranean funded projects aimed at improving the teaching and
learning of modern foreign languages through emerging pedagogies and
innovative media. Projects include the creation of databases hosting
language resources, bringing together foreign language specialists from
across Europe. These projects include: UNITE e-and m-learning for
effective teaching and learning scenarios (FP6), Lingua projects like
Lingu@net (a virtual language learning resource library);
eEuroInclusion; TOOL (on-line language teaching and learning);
Europodians (Language Learning via Ipods), ENLU; FEEL and so on.
The large-scale EUMEDIS ODISEAME (Euro-Mediterranean project for Open
and Distance Learning of Literacy in Europe, North Africa and the
Middle East); TNP 2/3 Thematic Network Projects in Language and
Literacy for Employment courses for Adults:
This programme was set up by the Literacy Unit in collaboration with
the Paulo Freire Institute in Zejtun and the Employment and Training
Corporation (ETC) for unemployed adults wishing to acquire basic
literacy skills in both Maltese and English in order to be better
equipped when seeking employment.
Centre Research used for National Action Plans:
Data and research produced by the Literacy Unit has been used as a
primary source for the drawing up of national reports like the National
Action Plan for Poverty and Social Exclusion (2004) produced by the
Ministry for Family and Social Solidarity and the National Action Plan
for Employment (2004) produced by the Ministry for Education, Youth and
Employment and the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC).
25 May 2013