The Directorate for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers within the Ministry of Education and Employment in Malta, is led by a vision that learning should be a lifelong journey for everyone. Individuals and communities need to acquire skills which are relevant to their lives, their needs and their work.
The Directorate offers policy guidance and organises adult learning courses through more personalised and innovative approaches to education. Anne Bugeja, an adult educator, teaches the cookery and nutrition course in such a way.
The cookery and nutrition course is a fourteen week course based on vegan and vegetarian nutrition. The course is structured around theory and practice. The main aim of the course is primarily to teach adult learners how vegetarian food is beneficial for their health and how this can be included daily in their diet. The participants who attend are usually middle-aged and literate.
A few lessons are dedicated solely to theory in order to delve deep into the health benefits of a plant-based diet. When a new dish is prepared the learners discuss the ingredients and their nutritional value. For instance, when a curry dish is prepared with the use of turmeric, ginger and chilli, the goodness that these ingredients offer is discussed.
The cookery course includes a trip around the world as it has a variety of recipes. Adult learners prepare Thai pumpkin coconut soup, Greek Moussaka, Palestinian falafel and an Italian mandarin olive oil cake, just to name a few.
A “Ready, Steady, Cook” session is also held, where the learners are presented with a list of ingredients and they have to prepare a dish. The last intake of adult learners prepared risottos, pies, soups, gnocchi, stuffed peppers and cannelloni...all of them delicious and done spontaneously on the day.
Adult learner attending the cookery and nutrition course in Malta
By: Anne Bugeja