A group of Maltese scholars from the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, attended the European Education Research Association Conference (EERA), held at Corvinius University, Budapest, Hungary, between 7 and 11 September 2015.
Titled 'Education and Transition – Contributions from Educational Research', the conference attracted over 3,000 delegates. The conference addressed different aspects of transition and education across Europe. Topics ranged from changes in the university structure within the fields of humanities and social sciences to transitions in political systems and their impact on education systems and educational research.
Professor Carmel Borg chaired a symposium on early school leaving and re-entry into education in Malta, Canada and Poland. The panel included Professor Joanna Michalak from the University of Warsaw, Dr Milosh Raykov from the University of Malta and Dott. Mario Cardona, Director for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers, Ministry of Education, Malta. Dr Victor Martinelli, University of Malta, acted as discussant.
Professor Carmel Borg and Dr Milosh Raykov are currently conducting extensive research on early school leaving in Malta. They have recently concluded the first part of a three-year research project on early school leaving and wellbeing. The research is funded by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. The second part of the research project, which consists of in-depth conversations with early school leavers, is due to start in November.