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Cultural mediation facilitates the establishment of good communication and mutual understanding between different cultures. It also promotes and enhances access to local services provided in a number of specific areas of intervention such as reception, health, education and employment. It is important for successful cultural mediation to be exercised by trained and experienced professionals who are able to promote and not hinder its scope.
The Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation course trains professionals in facilitating the relations between migrants and citizens in the host country, aiming at the mutual exchange of knowledge and the establishment of positive relations between individuals of different cultural backgrounds and ethnic origins. The course aims at promoting awareness and to sensitize all parties involved in otherness issues.
The Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation is being offered for the first time in October 2020 by the Department of Inclusion and Access to Learning within the Faculty of Education. Teaching and learning within this programme takes place in line with the Department’s mission of promoting inclusion and inclusive practices and pedagogies within the community. In developing and delivering the course, the Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning collaborates with other academics and professional practitioners in order to develop and offer the best programme of studies possible. Academics and practitioners in the field of education, inclusion, migration rights, communication and language theory, translation and interpreting, accompaniment, conflict resolution and others, have been engaged from both within and outside the department to develop and deliver the course.
Maltese and non-Maltese citizens interested in this course are encouraged to apply here. Applicants must prove that they have resided in Malta for a minimum of eight (8) years. Language proficiency in Maltese and English is a requirement. Candidates must possess native or near-to-native speaker competence in at least a third language.