Institute of Forensic Studies participates in PHOENIX Project The first meeting of PHOENIX: Preparing for and Handling Opportunities for Employment: saying ‘No’ to Isolation and Xenophobia was held in Radvili škis, Lithuania between the 25 and the 29 October. The mayor of Radvili š kis, Antanas Č epononis, met with the project partners wishing them a successful meeting while maintaining that these types of projects helped to strengthen the relationship between European countries. This Grundtvig 2 Learning Partnership programme, which falls under Socrates, is a partnership between AWO and Dobeq – Durtmund (Germany), ANFE – Delegazione Regionale Sicilia (Italy), the Radvili š kis Adults and Youth Informal Education Centre (Lithuania), the Institute of Forensic Studies, University of Malta (co-ordinating partner) and the Corradino Correctional Facility (Malta).

The aim of this partnership is to create a module of studies that would assist disadvantaged members of society, such as immigrants and prisoners, in securing a job. The idea behind this partnership is to use the abilities and knowledge of those who are unemployed to assist in the creation of the teaching modules as they are in a better condition to understand the problems they are facing. During the first meeting the scenario was set to collect data through the use of a questionnaire.

Back row from left to right: Skirmante Petraitiene ( Lithuania), Giuseppe Pilocane ( Italy), Sandra Scicluna ( Malta), the mayor Antanas Čepononis, Johann Härtling ( Germany), Oliver Schröter ( Germany), Rita Vaigauskiene ( Lithuania). Front row from left to right: Joanne Battistino ( Malta) and Mary Grazia Rizzo ( Italy).


A web site was also created where the work of the learning partnership can be seen at

The partners will meet again in Malta at the end of February 2007.