The Directorate for Lifelong Learning within the Ministry for Education and Employment proudly hosted the EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) Awards 2016 last Thursday at Le Méridien Hotel – the first awards ceremony of its kind among European countries. The ceremony was a celebration of adult education initiatives and provided formal recognition of adult learners and adult educators.
A welcome address was delivered by Dr Mario Cardona, the Director for Lifelong Learning, followed by a keynote speech by David Mallows, Associate Director at University College London Institute of Education. Both speakers stressed the importance of investing in the professional development of adult educators and the development of community-based adult education initiatives.
The presentation of awards by the Hon. Ian Borg commenced with the outstanding community learning initiative award, the first of four categories. Dr JosAnn Cutajar accepted the award on behalf of The University of Malta Cottonera Resource Centre for their effort and outreach in the community.
Dr Lidija Pecotic received the Dedicated Adult Educator award for her unique teaching approach and her work in the field of Gestalt therapy. Ms Bridget Micallef was awarded the Remarkable Adult Learner award for her dedication and perseverance as an adult learner.
Ms Nora Macelli accepted the award for the project Lwien, an innovative adult learning project aimed at empowering and providing support to caregivers of mentally ill people. Ramon Mangion accepted the last award for of the night, the most engaged Maltese EPALE ambassador.
The award ceremony set out to acknowledge the work being done in the area of adult education in Malta. The theme of improving the lives of people, their families and society as a whole was a recurrent one throughout the night. With over 55 nominations received by EPALE, it is envisaged that these awards will be held bi-annually.
The Directorate is the National Support Service for EPALE, which is an online platform community for professionals working in the adult education sector. EPALE is funded by the European Commission, in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of adult learning in Europe. The platform enables the sharing of content related to adult learning, including news, blog posts, resources, events, and courses. EPALE has a community of over 16,000 registered members.
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