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Title: Lifelong guidance and the European challenge : issues for Malta
Authors: Sultana, Ronald G.
Keywords: Student counselors -- Malta
Educational counseling -- Malta
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Euroguidance Malta
Citation: Sultana, R. G. (2003). Lifelong guidance and the European challenge : issues for Malta. Euroguidance. Malta.
Abstract: Guidance and Counselling were imported in Malta in the early post-Independence years mainly from the UK where the first guidance practitioners received their training. It was felt, at that time, that with the onset of industrialisation, tourism and the great technological advances in Malta our youngsters needed ‘guidance’ to be able to exploit the new work opportunities being created. Forty years later, another political-cum-economic event is happening in Malta which will also bring in a new perspective to our Guidance Services. Malta’s membership in the European Union in May 2004 will usher in many substantial economic changes. Our employment world will change and adapt fully to EU practices and our workers will be able to take up jobs in the EU if they have the necessary qualifications. Mobility of workers in the EU enhances our work opportunities and our workers will need to have all relevant information on work and training openings in the EU. In view of this new employment framework, our Guidance Services need to look far beyond our shores if they are to fully meet their obligations towards their users. Guidance personnel need to upgrade and update their professional training and qualifications. Wider and deeper contacts need to be established and maintained with their counterparts in all the EU member states. Guidance practitioners in Malta need to be fully aware of the opportunities for professional development provided by the European Commission. This report is an eye-opener and should serve to boost the aspirations of all those involved in the guidance field, helping them become more aware of the standards they must strive for. The report should also ensure that all the necessary steps are taken so that the best possible use is made of the new opportunities within the EU. Lifelong Learning and consequently Lifelong Guidance feature highly on the European Union’s agenda for employment. These two concepts are very relevant to where Malta is at, since the island must draw on them in a way that is beneficial to all its workers and students. Finally, one area which Maltese Guidance personnel need to examine thoroughly is the fresh competencies they need, to deal better with new challenges as articulated in this report. Malta needs to embark upon an intensive and objective debate to ensure that such competencies are developed quickly and efficiently. It is recommended that all guidance practitioners should look deeply and critically at the present situation so that they would, collectively and individually, work out the new strategy for Guidance in Malta post-entry in the European Union. This report will surely make a very positive contribution to this objective. It is written by a qualified guidance practitioner as well as a seasoned academic in this field. Professor Sultana has produced a detailed and comprehensive review of Lifelong Education and the European Challenge from the Maltese perspective. The European Union Programmes Unit of the Ministry of Education, responsible for the EU programme Leonardo da Vinci, which includes Euroguidance Malta, is very proud to be associated with this venture and has gladly supported the publication of this study.
ISBN: 9993266604
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