On Sunday 25th November, the Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants together with the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology, celebrated a Partnership Fair on Migrant Inclusion in Education at MCAST’s main campus in Paola.
The goal of the event was to strengthen the relations between migrant communities, education instituti ons, and Maltese civil society. It aimed at improving the outreach of MCAST and increase awareness on educational opportunities among the migrant communities. Moreover, the fair aimed at connecting migrant students and migrant organizations, and to build students’ confidence and skills to become leaders and advocates at the school.
Migrant and youth organizations participated in the Fair with information stands where they presented their work and engaged with the public that visited the fair. The different organizations also had the chance to connect with each other and learn more about the work other organizations are carrying out and how they can support each other.
Mr. Kenny Muscat from MCAST’s Learning Support Unit delivered an information session on educational opportunities at the college. Ms. Marcelle Bugre from the Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants facilitated a workshop on educational leadership for migrant communities.
The event also celebrated the cultural diversity of Maltese society and the richness of migrant communities in Malta. Food from Morocco, Libya and the Philippines was served at the event. Musical performances from different migrant communities were enjoyed at the Fair; including folk dance from Serbia and Italy and music from Venezuela, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbian and the Mediterranean region.
The event was a success, attracting the participation of different communities that came together to support migrant inclusion in education.
The Partnership Fair is an initiative under the project WANNE: We All Need New Engagement which aims to foster active participation of Third Country Nationals in civil society and in communities of the receiving countries. The project is funded by the European Commission, in the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The project runs for 24 moths (January 2018 – December 2019) and it is implemented by a multi-stakeholder partnership consisting of 14 NGOs, cities, and diaspora organisation from 7 different EU countries from Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe. The lead partner is Sudwind (Austria) while the project partners are: VDC (Austria), VAS (Austria), COSPE (Italy), Le Fate Onlus (Italy), CESIE (Italy), Partrir (Romania), Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia), Peace Institute (Slovenia), Humanitas (Slovenia), Symbiosis (Greece), FSM (Malta) and the local authorities of Verona (Italy) and Nova Gorica (Slovenia)