- to get an overview of the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology
- as well as an outline of SEL programmes at MCAST,
- an understanding of SEL in the education system and in non-profit organisations in Malta,
- to conclude tasks for the toolkit and make suggestions regarding the end report, and
- to discuss possible, future projects concluding our experiences and thoughts on SELVET.
Later we have been introduced to Pathway to Independent Living, a programme adressing the needs of individuals baring intellectual disabilities/learning difficulties. In the afternoon during a conclusive panel the University of Malta, the Department of Education, the PSD Association and the General Community gave presentations on their efforts to help VET students in Malta reaching their goals and the actual state of research on the matter.
The second day saw the members of our group trading places with some VET students who became teachers and gave us in a very lively session some examples of training methods and topics used during and for SEL-related subjects at MCAST.
In the afternoon we´ve and orientation tour to the Maritime Institute, where several speakers gave us insight into the work and student services for this part of MCAST. The organisations presented were Aġenzija Żgħażagħ (National Youth Agency), Youth Hub @ MCAST and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
On the third day we´ve found more time to revise the Toolkit, our final report regarding SELVET experiences and recommendations we are handing in to the European Union executives. The Student 2 Student initiative had an an annual awarding ceremony for the most helpful students at MCAST which we could co-attend and then have some chat with the winners afterwards.
Finally, in the afternoon we´ve visited the Art and Design Institute of MCAST and had plenty of chances to see examples of the crafty outputs students produce at this venue. Both traditional as very modern elements are available here, ranging from sculpting, fashion and painting to video production and radio & television broadcasting.
It was a very interesting and comprehensive fifth meeting, leaving us wanting more to work together, building on resulting relations and knowledge. The dinners were spent together with our lovely hosts at different places in Malta, giving us an even more vivid insight into Maltese culture and hospitality.
We hope to be able to meet again in an extra closing session in Budapest where we can finalise our report (the Toolkit) and develop our common interest in SELVET further.