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Every year, many people who have potential or are even qualified, fail to make it to university because of life circumstances. The University of Malta is offering a stepping-stone program, called ESTEEM/Leonardo and part-financed by the EU, to give information, encouragement and relevant skills to such people in order to help them succeed to join the course of their choice.

UoM academics are encouraged to take an interest and give support to this initiative.  Information meetings about it will soon be held.  Meanwhile, help is needed from lecturers to produce a 1 ½ -hour presentation of their course for program participants who want to know more about that particular course of studies.

The University of Malta’s Department of Social Policy and Social Work is offering a stepping stone programme for persons capable of taking up higher education, for example at University, MCAST or ITS, but who have faced difficulties in making this happen.

Higher education is for many people the key to better and higher-paid jobs, however, some find it hard to take up this opportunity. A number of people have been held back by disability or family problems, while others have missed the opportunity through lack of encouragement or having become parents at the age when their contemporaries were continuing studies; other people may have been slower to integrate in schools having come from a different culture, ethnic group or educational system. Other persons may have faced hostile attitudes, lack of resources or the need to earn money.  

The Social Policy and Social Work Department is offering a short preparatory course to make it easier for such persons to make this step.  The course, called ESTEEM/Leonardo and supported by EU funds, is not there in order to give participants a new academic qualification.  In fact, it is open to people who are already within a year or two of getting the qualifications needed for their higher education course.  
Those accepted for the course will take part in seven weekly sessions that help them learn how to do well in life and include topics, such as study skills, relational skills and skills in managing life’s challenges. The learning groups will be small, so that participants can take active part and acquire deeper personal learning.

Participants will also be asked what courses they wish to follow.  Information sessions about the desired courses will also be given.  Every student will also have a mentor, a university student specially trained to share their experience, to support and answer queries on a friendly, equal-to-equal basis. Participants are introduced to the University premises and services, and to the use of Moodle, the Online Learning Platform of the University of Malta and also to available help in career guidance.

A tool, consisting in a folder and supporting website, is also being developed to help participants to take in hand their own career direction and progress. The folder will contain questionnaires students answer for themselves as a help to deciding what line to take in their education and job quest.  A section will help them compile a record of useful experiences – such as leading a group, using a computer, being responsible for an activity, entertaining, following instructions, etc. Such non-formal qualifications can open doors to jobs or courses in the future.

A website will also be developed in which would-be students can get information about what resources there are for career and study guidance, including local bodies, as well as links to websites that help the individual tackle questions about future studies and jobs suitable for their abilities and backgrounds.
This is the second time that the Department of Social Policy and Social Work is offering such a steppingstone programme. In this EU-funded international project, the University of Malta is in partnership with Marie Curie Foundation and Social Services Department of Sliven (Bulgaria), Sakarya University (Turkey), e-ISOTIS, Greece  and de Montfort University, Leicester, (UK)  who are the co-ordinators of the project.   

During the first project, the University worked locally in partnership with the National Commission for Disability and in cooperation with MCAST.  This time, the University is extending its contacts with these and other bodies active in the field, especially ones providing higher education, ones looking after the interests of groups that face social disadvantage, and entities that help in career guidance and in the promotion of employment.

'This course gave me a good taste of University life and how it would be like as a student,' said Simon who attended the last course. 'It helped me become more self sufficient and I really enjoyed getting to know new people from the wide variety who attended.'

Those who wish to apply or to request more information (whether on their own behalf or on behalf of an interested organisation) are invited to contact Andrea Dibben or +356 2340 2976. Applications for the edition of the course starting in 2008 must be received by September 28. The project website is at present under construction.

Project to help Persons held back from Higher Education

 

Project to help Persons held back from Higher Education 

l to r: Dr C Pace, Project Coordinator, Rev Dr C Tabone, Head of Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, Ms Andrea Dibben, Project Officer, Ms Elaine Micallef Project Officer

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