WOMEN IN SPORT MEDIA - SECOND STEERING GROUP MEETING

2'nd of June 2017

On Friday 2nd June FOPSIM hosted the 2nd Steering Group Meeting for the Women in Sport Media project at University of Malta Campus in Valletta. Project partners attending the meeting discussed all the crucial points regarding the project implementation.

Firstly, an introduction was done by the Lead Partner with the aim of refreshing the Objectives and Outputs of the project. Further discussions were held for the monitoring and the evaluation framework of the outcomes and updating the workplan. The reporting requirements, planning and budget forecasting were as well in the agenda of the day. The meeting focused on the Dissemination and Research Plan and the research expectations were discussed and analysed in detail.

The meeting concluded with a detailed workplan for the next activities and all the partners were informed about updates and their tasks that are to be delivered before the next Steering Group Meeting.

For further information please contact Fjoralba Kodrasi at fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or call at +356 2339 0137

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Flyer

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On the Move partnership is proud to share with you the project video with children sharing their On the Move experience and activities with us.

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Working Roma partnership is proud to share with you a project video with Roma children sharing their future life visions.

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Working Roma Study Visit and Partners Meeting in Novo Mesto, Slovenia

23th and 24th May 2017

On the 23rd and 24th of May 2017, FOPSIM attended the study visit and partners meeting for the Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe - project in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

During the meeting presentations were done about the project implementation progress and the activities have been done so far. Discussions followed about the next activities and project deliverables together with pending administrative tasks per each partner. On the first day after the meeting study visits took place at migrants and Roma centres and communities.

On the second day, a press conference took place along with some discussions from several speakers and representatives from public sector, civic society and Roma community in Novo Mesto. The discussions focused on intercultural dialogue and labour integration of the Roma population.

The partners exchanged few best practices, success stories and several ideas for the successful implementation and the continuation of the project.

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EUROPE IN QUESTION KICK-OFF MEETING

The kick off meeting of the project “Europe In Question - EIQ” was held with great success on 11 & 12 of May 2017 in Municipality of Tanagra with its partners establishing the ground for a fruitful cooperation. The project EIQ is being implemented under the Europe for Citizens 2014-2020 Programme and the partnership consists of the following organizations:

  • Municipality of Tanagra, Greece (Lead Beneficiary)
  • Siawns Teg, United Kingdom
  • Forestry Municipalities Association of Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
  • The Innovation and Development Institute Principe Real, Portugal
  • Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion (FOPSIM), Malta
  • Development Immigration Cooperation Association-DICA ONLUS, Italy
  • Empaatia NGO, Estonia

The above network aspires to become a best practice for the empowerment of civic participation of those citizens who have not been involved so far, or who reject the Union outright of put in question its achievements. Throughout a series of events that will take place in seven different territories from seven different European Countries, citizens, stakeholders and policy makers are encouraged to participate, discuss and create contents for proposals in the following key problem areas: refugee crisis, rise of terrorism, EURO, further enlargement, BREXIT, euroscepticism and Europhobia, recession and employment.

Mr Vasilis Pergalias, Mayor of Municipality of Tanagra, welcomed the participants, stakeholders and speakers and highlighted the need for the encouragement of democratic and civic participation of citizens at union level hoping the project “Europe In Question” will motivate people to discuss about the kind of EU they want. Following the project partners presented the profile of their organizations and their activities in consistency with the project objectives. Within the frame of the technical meeting partners discussed about the implementation plan of the EIQ project in accordance with the administrative and financial obligations of the Programme.

The EIQ partners had also the opportunity to experience the customs and traditions of Tanagra, visiting folklore and archaeological museums of the area.

The overall budget of the project “Europe In Question - EIQ” is 150.000€ and is funded by 100% from EACEA (Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency) of the European Commission under the Europe for Citizens Programme (Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation - Action 2.2: Network of Towns). The project duration is 24 months from 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2018.

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Seminar 2 –Integration of migrants in Malta: Presentation of “Stepping Up” research project, launch of partnership initiative with Microsoft Malta & Working Roma project Seminar on In-tercultural Dialogue

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

The Intercultural Dialogue Seminar as part of the Working Roma Project, which is imple-mented by FOPSIM (Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta) took place at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta, on the 2nd of May, 2017 in collaboration with the Mi-grant Women Association Malta.

The main objective of the seminar was to talk about migrants integration to labour market and the difficulties they face as well as the opportunities they might have. Furthermore, the participating institutions made relevant statements and discussed the needs of the migrants, their goals and hopes regarding their accessibility to labour market and Maltese society as whole. Problems that exist in the governmental and societal system where also stressed and suggestions were given on how to improve them.

The opening statement was done by the President of Malta, Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Pre-ca. Ms Coleiro Preca who underlined the need to integrate migrants and the positive ef-fects this will have to the society. She expressed her intention to take further action on the issue in Governmental level. Last but not least, she introduced the main objectives, goals and work of her foundation, the Presidents Foundation for Integration in Malta.

Following the President’s statement, Ms H.E. G. Kathleen Hill speech took place. Ms Kath-leen Hill is the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta. The US Embassy in Malta has of-fered an important contribution to migrants inclusion and Ms Hill highlighted the most im-portant issues regarding integration and expressed the US Embassy’s aspiration to keep working with Maltese Organisations to this end.

Next was presented a video-message by Ms Miriam Dali, Member of the European Parlia-ment (MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament). Ms Dali expressed the importance of such projects and initiatives that pro-mote integration and multiculturalism.

After Ms Dali gave her wishes for the success of the seminar, Ms Sara McGuire, Project Manager presented FOPSIM. FOPSIM’s main objective is to promote social inclusion in Malta. Therefore, FOPSIM undertakes actions to this end, like the “Working Roma” Project, seeking to promote inclusion in all levels of the Maltese Society.

Thereafter, Ms Fjoralba Kodrasi, Project Officer at FOPSIM, offered an insight on the role of FOPSIM in the Working Roma Project. As one of the main partners in the project, FOPSIM was responsible for research, dissemination and implementation of activities. FOPSIM has organised several activities related to skills lessons for migrants (like basic, communicational, and basic business English language courses, CV and interview prepara-tion sessions, and tailoring lessons). FOPSIM has paved the way for Migrant Women Asso-ciation Malta to continue those training activities and initiatives which are successful sus-tained by the Association. Afterwards, Ms Umayma Elamin Amer, President of the Migrant Women Association Malta, explained the cause of the Association and highlighted the im-portance of the Working Roma project to their association.

The Seminar continued with a number of presentations regarding the initiatives and pro-jects for different partners from civil society sector and discussions on the integration of migrants and in particular migrant women in the labour market.

The seminar ended with a small music show of slit drum by a Sudanese migrant performer, Mr Mohammed Ahmed, who played traditional folk music enhancing the diversity and cul-tural exchange within Malta.

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Creative Idea Module Workshop

Amsterdam, Netherlands
12th – 13th April 2017

The Mobile App Workshop as part of the RISK CHANGE project took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 12th and 13th April 2017.

The aim of the Workshop was to share information and knowledge, co-creating and communicating through innovative methods such as the Creative Idea Module. The methodology leads to the solution of a problem through a combination of field and media inquiries, a workshop with creative brainstorming, an active debate and a presentation of final results.

The deliverable is to combine a multitude of solutions in a form of texts, sketches, drawings, mappings, mixed approaches, graphic presentations, montages for implementation into project communication approaches and tools.

The workshop was attended by one expert/representative from each partner country: Serbia, Hungary, United Kigdom, Slovenia, Netherlands, France, Malta and Croatia.

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Risk Change: exchanging art and artists cross Europe

“Migration is a natural law, everything moves, everybody migrates,
respect the mobility oh HUMAN LIFE”

Risk Change is an European project that started in 2016 which aims to create, connect, compare, disseminate and promote contemporary EU interdisciplinary art related to social studies and migration. The project covers the field of contemporary interdisciplinary culture, art and creativity connected to science, especially social and applied sciences and ICT. RC will increase transnational mobility, audience development, digitalisation and new sustainable model. RC entails interacting with different target audiences, especially building connectivity between new-coming migrants and settled inhabitants in EU communities.

FOPSIM is the Maltese partner of RC: it is a foundation that aims to achieve concrete progress for marginalised groups or sections within Maltese society in various areas as social protection and inclusion.

FOPSIM is leading the activities about the main theme “Qualitative and Quantitative Research, migration policy in Malta”. It will also be actively involved in other areas such as Partners meetings, Quality control and Reports; Mobile app workshops, Exhibitions, Touring residencies in Zejtun; Trainings with local communities, New educational models and creative ideas, Surveys, Lectures/Debates, Conference, Symposium; RC Website, Communication and Dissemination actions, Study Visits, Exhibitions at large scale; Sustainable co-working model, Study visits.

In this phase of the project, FOPSIM is exchanging artists among the rest of the partner countries that are producing art in order to integrate the local communities into ideas of mobility/migration.

In this first week of April, FOPSIM is hosting five artists in Malta. They come from Mexico, Slovenia and Germany. FOPSIM has planned everal activities related to migrants and art for their visit.

Their arrival was celebrated by a meeting with Mr Joe Attard, the Mayor of Zejtun (the host city).

The mayor welcomed the five artists within the decorated hall of the Zejtun Band Club, an ancient structure where, on the main floor, there are musical instruments. Many honour the historic Band of the town. During the welcome meeting, the artists have been briefed about the history of Malta and Zejtun directly from the Mayor's tales, he also kindly gave them a DVD and a small book.

The activities continued into the evening in the bar downstairs, around laid tables with Maltese specialties.

The project is very open to enhance the creativity of the artists. They have different personalities and are involved in various artistic fields such as poetry, sound and sculpture. The purpose of the artists visit is to conduct research and find a common line to connect their different capabilities to develop their art.

Exploring Malta, both togheter and alone, the artists are getting in touch with Maltese people to explore the traditions of this country. We are very courious to discover how they will conduct their research and what their leading thread will be.

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RURAL DEAR AGENDA EYD 2015

Agenda for Development Education and Awareness Raising in European Rural Areas

DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION IN ACTION

Best Practices from Malta

8 March 18:00-20:00 - University of Malta, Valletta Campus

On Wednesday, 8th March the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (FOPSIM) proudly presented its Rural DEAR Agenda: Education for Development Pilot Projects in Rural Areas.

The RDA project aims to develop, test and promote a participatory model of DEAR (Development education and awareness raising) for rural municipalities. The purpose of this gathering was to raisie public awareness of development issues and promote development education in the European Union.

 

 

We were very pleased to welcome a wide spectre of organisations and institutions amongst our guests including the attendance of local government institutions but also EU-level persons present. The Rural Dear Agenda international project partners were also in Malta and attended this event.

We felt deeply honoured to get the support of European Commissioner Mr Alfredo Jalampa and Francesco Debono from MEDE’s Department of Curriculum Management who spoke about the involvement of DE action in the curriculum framework. Mr. Debono got immediate feedback that students would like to learn more about the topic and they suggested to increase the visual aspects of the teaching process by using more videos and presentations.

Another guest speakers included Alan Montanaro from Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Malta who is working with SOS Malta on the Rural DEAR Agenda grant pilot project 'Global Sustainability Activity Workshops for Kids'. Part of the project entails drama lessons for kids.

This project is not only implemented in Malta but also in other EU-countries including Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Cyprus through a consortium of seven participating universities, chambers of commerce, municipalities and regions. This event also offered our attendees the opportunity to collaborate with an international network on this subject.

For more information, please contact: maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139

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Women and Girls in Sports News and Media kick off meeting in London

On the 26th of January, partners from 5 countries: Malta, United Kingdom, Greece, Sweden and Romania met for the first time in London for the Women in Sport kick off meeting.

Women in Sport is funded by Erasmus+ Sport programme and will last for 24 months starting 1st of January 2017. The project aims to increase awareness of the issue of insufficient and inappropriate coverage of women’s sport and, to reduce gender stereotyping in media coverage of sport, and increase the quality and quantity of media coverage of women’s sport at a local, regional, national and European level. This will benefit the health and wellbeing of all women and girls, by providing them with positive sporting role models and fostering a culture that sees sport as an accessible and desirable activity for women and girls.

The project is coordinated by Women in Sport from the United Kingdom. Other partners are: European Institute for Local Development (EILD) from Greece, Girls in Sport from Sweden, West University of Timisoara from Romania and Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta.

During the meeting, partners introduced themselves, presented their understanding of the project including the upcoming tasks and discussed future plans.

For further information please contact us at: info@fopsim.eu

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DIYPES kick off meeting in Romania

On the 27 – 28 of February, partners from 6 different countries: Romania, Slovenia, Denmark, Albania, Italy and Malta met for the first time in Cluj-Napoca in Romania for the DIYPES project kick off meeting.

DIYPES is funded under the Erasmus+ Sport programme and will last for 24 months starting from the 1st of January, 2017. The project proposes a participative approach to physical education classes’ development and employment, focused on high-school students’ expressed needs and interests.

During the first day of meeting, partners introduced themselves, presented work packages and activities plan. During the second day of the meeting, partners had the opportunity to discuss the project documents and review methodological drafts. Each partner had presented the Physical Educational Curriculum and discussed the project implementation.

For further information please contact us at: info@fopsim.eu

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Key Conclusions from the Intercultural Dialogue Seminar 1
Working Roma – Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

24th February 2017 Fortress Builders, Valletta, Malta

As part of the Working Roma project, FOPSIM and Migrant Women Association Malta organised an Intercultural dialogue seminar for Minorities in Malta. The main objective of the seminar was to discuss topics on Discrimination and to empower minorities for their socio-professional integration.

The seminars were led by FOPSIM and MWAM, while there were six other speakers coming from various backgrounds. Three of the speakers presented their success stories for professional integration empowering and guiding the participants for improvement and labour inclusion. The National Council for Women Malta was also present and they disclosed information about programmes and activities that they will be offering for minorities. Furthermore, a representative from the US Embassy in Malta gave her own remarks on our initiatives expressing their willingness to supporting FOPSIM in this regard and encourage the minorities to participate in training and activities to upgrade their skills.

The seminar came to an end with open discussions among the attendees and the speakers. The overall feedback was very good and participants felt more motivated and encouraged similar events to be organised more often. Different communities came together, interesting ideas were exchanged and further collaboration among them was built for future activities.

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Do it yourself! A participative approach to increase participation and engagement of high school students in physical education and sport classes project

DIYPES project was awarded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Sport programme. The project started on the 1st of January 2017 and will last for 24 months.

DIYPES project proposes a participative approach to physical education classes' development and employment, focused on high-school students' expressed needs and interests. The educational objectives included in the PES classes curriculum and the overall (school) setting characteristics will be accounted for, but the PES classes will be delivered through activities that will increase the level of acceptance and enjoyment of the target group. The final goal of the project is to reach an optimal balance between effectiveness and enjoyment, positive and engaging experiences for high-school students during PES classes.

Students with diverse physical potential together with the PES teachers will be engaged in organising the PES class structure and consider different types of activities. This approach is meant to empower students and to offer them a higher level of autonomy and also increase their accountability in regards to their own physical education related behaviour and outcomes.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Identify and describe core educational objectives and development practices of PES classes in the national curriculum of 5 European countries: Italy, Romania, Albania, Malta, and Slovakia;
  • ‪Test the feasibility (process evaluation) and effectiveness of a 3-month intervention focused on participatory approach to PES classes in 3 different settings in each country‬;‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Develop a set of scenarios and examples of best-practices for good practice applicable at European level in regards to models for building innovative – participatory approaches to PES classes.

 

The main objectives of the project are:

Romania: Babeș-Bolyai University (BBU), project coordinator
Italy: The National Research Council (CNR)
Slovakia: Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra- Faculty of Education (CPU)
Albania: University of Sports Tirana (UST)
Denmark: University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Malta: Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Mala (FOPSIM)

For further information please contact us at: info@fopsim.eu

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Working Roma Transnational Seminar and Partner Meeting in Spain

On the 1st and 2nd of February 2017, FOPSIM attended the partner meeting and study visit for the Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe - project in Seville, Spain.

During the meeting, presentations were delivered about Roma and their integration into the labour market in each country. The project implementation progress and the activities have been created so far was also presented. Discussions followed about the next activities and project deliverables together with pending administrative tasks per each partner. On the first day of the meeting, a press conference took place and representatives of the Andujar municipality opened the discussions and the debates.

On the second day, the Seminar took place with several speakers. The seminar started with the speech of the Andujar Mayor and was attended by many social experts, NGOs and International Organisations. The discussion's main focus was on intercultural dialogue and labour integration of the Roma population.

The partners exchanged best practices, success stories and several ideas for the successful implementation and the continuation of the project.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0137

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SPIN project final conference

FOPSIM participated in the final conference of the SPIN project in Palermo, Sicily on the 15-16 of December 2016. On the 15th of December partners met to discuss the results, possible project continuation and reporting. The second day was followed by conference where all partners presented activities and results.

This meeting was the final one of the SPIN project which started in January 2015 and finished in December 2016. As a result, a Recommendations Manual on social inclusion of youth and sport was published containing all best practices from partner countries.

SPIN project was funded by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme of the European Union and aimed to promote the cooperation and the creation of collaborative partnerships in the sport field, by promoting synergies between youth policies and sports with and among local, regional, national, and international stakeholders.

For more information, please contact Diana Arutjunjan at diana@fopsim.eu

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Key Conclusions from the Pre labour Workshop for Roma and other Minorities Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

28th October 2016 - 3rd December 2017
MaltaCVS, Valletta, Malta

As part of the Working Roma project, FOPSIM organised Pre labour workshops for Roma and Minorities in Malta in order to prepare them for labour integration. The workshops were well attended by minority groups in Malta.

These workshops are designed to serve the ultimate purpose of introducing basic elements that enable minorities to enter a route to employment, remove barriers and create opportunities to rediscover the capabilities of these individuals. The workshops were developed with an employment and guidance approach, aiming to change attitudes and expectations about working life.

According to feedback received from the minorities, local SMEs and public institutions, the main obstacle of their inclusion in the labour market is the language barrier. Thus, the main objective of the workshop was to tackle this issue, and offer business English sessions and guidance on available training, lessons and online tools for continuing the lessons. Attendees were also instructed and guided as to the use of such tools.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0137

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RURAL DEAR AGENDA - EYD 2015

Second Working Group Sessions organised in Malta in 2016

During December, FOPSIM held three Working Groups for the RURAL DEAR AGENDA - EYD 2015 project. One for NGOs, another for Education Centres and the final for Public Authorities.

Working Groups are considered as useful tools to offer a deep qualitative analysis about the key questions of Development Education (DE) in local entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and educational centres involved in the project.

The main objective was to create a common space for debate where people with different profiles can gather to exchange their points of view and experiences related to DE issues in their own countries and realities as well as to assess the national and international policies in this area.

To be more precise, some of the questions were posed to conduct an evaluative analysis from a gender perspective so as to enable a reflective focus to the impact on reality of cooperation policies, actions and social participation of women and men and providing significant elements for the design of new proposals in DE.

The final product of the Working Group meetings will be a document containing reflections together with feasible, achievable and realistic guidelines to be used in the dissemination of DE.

The Working Groups were held in Mosta with the following agenda:
14:15 - 14:30 Registration of participants
14:30 - 14:40 Greetings and presentation of participants
14:40 - 15:00 Presentation of RURAL DEAR AGENDA & Explanation of the 1st WG
15:00 - 15:30 Exercise 1: Conceptual Framework of Development Education
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 - 16:15 Exercise 2: Analysis and proposal on improvement from a project example
16:15 - 16:45 Debate on Exercise2
16:45 - 17:00 Conclusion

For more information, please contact Maria Limongelli on maria.limongelli@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139

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NECME Project

International Survey on Public Perception of Migration
in European Society Launched

With the official launch of an internet survey on public perception of migration, the European project NECME "New forms of European citizenship in migration era" has started also in Malta, and to the involvement of the NGO FOPSIM - the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta.

The project, funded under the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, involves 17 Civil society organisations from 16 different countries, is coordinated by the Italian Foundation "Giovanni e Francesca Falcone", managed by relatives and colleagues of the anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, killed in 1992.

The project is aimed to explore how migration phenomena is affecting European civil society in terms of new experiences of civic engagement and active citizenship.

To have better understanding of the current situation, an international survey has been launched today.The survey, elaborated by Palermo (Italy) and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Valmiera - LV), will make it possible to record and analyse the perception of migration and migrants in European society, also focusing on how migrants are victims of organised crime or are involved in it.

The survey will be conducted online during next two months and is available at
https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/898B239

Consistent migration flow during last years have influence on European Civil society - said Maria Falcone, president of the "Falcone Foundation" - and all of us must take an active role to overcome xenophobic, intolerant and discriminating behaviours.

Through the involvement of different stakeholders (teachers, representatives of associations and European agencies, administrators of public institutions, journalists, law enforcement, ...) and the adoption of different methodologies, participants will be stimulated to act, as single citizens or as organised civil society, to facilitate migrant inclusion in European society and will create synergies between civil society and public bodies, also by promoting the role of volunteering.

For more information, please visit www.fopsim.eu or contact Maria Limongelli at maria.limongelli@fopsim.eu

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The EU Collective Plays! Playwriting competition
(in memory of Matteo Latino)*.

The EU Collective Plays! project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union is pleased to announce the Matteo Latino playwriting competition for playwrights under 30 years of age.

Aims

The competition aims to identify new and exciting voices in contemporary theatre and to encourage collective writing processes amongst young playwrights. From the entries received, we will select between two and four playwrights to develop a play in collaboration.

This is an international, inclusive competition open to young playwrights from all nationalities, although the residency for the selected playwrights will be conducted in English.

Entrance Requirements

Each young playwright wishing to take part in the competition must select a maximum of three topics that they would like to to explore from the attached form and must submit the following:

  • A biography of maximum 150 words (please include in it your level of proficiency in English)
  • An expression of interest (maximum 300 words outlining why you are entering this competition )
  • A ten page excerpt of a previous work/ play (either published/produced or unpublished/unproduced)
  • A synopsis of the play referred to in 3 (maximum 300 words)
  • A fully completed application form (attached).

The play excerpt can be submitted in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Flemish, Maltese, any language related to the Balkan countries.

All other submissions must be in English (biography, statement of interest, synopsis).

Click here to download the application form

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All the submitted files should be labelled clearly (including name) and sent in pdf format in one email to submit@eucollectiveplays.eu. The competition opens on November 30th 2016 and all submissions must be received by December 31 at 5pm CET (Central European Time):

PLEASE NOTE: No late submissions will be accepted.

Selection

The competition selection committee will shortlist ten finalists.

The selection committee will choose between one and three playwrights as the winners of the competition.

One further winner will be selected through a poll on the EU Collective Plays! Facebook page where the finalist biographies and expressions of interest will be published.

The competition will select playwrights of at least two different nationalities.

The topic on which the winners will be asked to write will be chosen by the selecting committee.

Award, benefits and residency stipulations

Each winner will receive a 500 euro stipend.

The winners will take part in a kick-off one-week residency to start writing their play. During that week, they will be assisted by a renowned dramaturg or senior playwright throughout the process.

Travel expenses and accomodation will be covered by the EU Collective Plays! project.

The play written by the winners will be published in an anthology alongside other 8 collective plays commissioned by the EU Collective Plays! project in collaboration with an internationally renowned publisher.

The EU Collective Plays! project reserves the right of staging the world premiere of the play written by the winners of the competition.

Calendar and deadlines

The deadline for entering the competition is 5 p.m. CET December 31th 2016.

The committee will select the ten finalists in January 2017.

The committee will announce the winners in February 2017.

The residency will take place in April 2017.

The deadline for the winners to submit their collective play is January 2018.

Selection committee

Members of the selecting committee will be chosen from the respected theatre-practitioners representing the organizations involved in the EU Collective Plays! project.

All the decisions will be at the discretion of the selection committee which will be considered the governing body of the competition.

*Matteo Latino was an Italian playwright, actor and director who acquired a solid reputation in the Italian theatre community for his innovative and unconventional explorations of the issues related to his generation. Matteo was a true researcher who was never tired of experimenting with the conflation of different styles and techniques. In 2011 he was awarded the Premio Scenario for his creation "Infactory". He died on 30th March 2015 at the age of 35.

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Resolution following evaluation of Call of Grants: Education for Development Pilot Projects in Rural Areas, 2016

Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (FOPSIM) has official closed the Call of Grants: Education for Development Pilot Projects in Rural Areas, 2016 under the Rural DEAR Agenda - European Year of Development 2015 project.

The EU-funded project which falls under the EuropeAid Programme covers a period of 36 months from January 2015 and aims to develop, test and promote a participatory model of DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) for rural municipalities, with inclusive, innovative and effective strategies and action lines launched for EYD in 2015. The Agenda operates at two levels: Local Authorities in rural areas and the population of those municipalities. Apart from Malta, the project is also being implemented in Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Cyprus through a consortium of seven participating universities, chambers of commerce, municipalities and regions.

A total budget of 26,000 was available to fund local projects under this call with individual projects financed up to €6,500 each. The ultimate goal of Education for Development is to promote educational processes that build a global citizenship that is analytical, critical, purposive and active in the new formulation of living spaces.

FOPSIM received many interesting proposals and thanks all applicants for their participation in the call. The Evaluation Committee has recently completed the evaluation of all submitted proposals and based on the results, grants have been awarded as follows:

  • Kopin - Koperazzjoni Internazzjonali Malta with the Project: TEAM SD - Training Educators About Migration and Sustainable Development
  • SKOP - Solidarjeta u Koperazzjoni with the Project: E4SDGs - A Children's E-Book about the SDGs
  • Dar Guzeppa Debono with the Project: YOU - Education for Sustainable Development in rural Localities
  • SOS Malta with the Project: Global Sustainability Activity Workshops for Kids

The entities and groups responsible for submitting the projects accepted for grant must expressly accept the grant in writing by sending an email to maria@fopsim.eu. An acknowledgment email receipt will be sent to the selected organisations with more detailed information related to the start of the pilot phase and financial and technical assistance.

For further information, contact: maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139

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Resolution following evaluation of Call of Grants: Education for Development Pilot Projects in Rural Areas, 2016

Awarded Grants

Project Name Organisation Amount Granted
TEAM SD - Training Educators About Migration and Sustainable Development Kopin (Koperazzjoni Internazzjonali - Malta) €6,474.41
E4SDGs - A Children's EBook about the SDGs SKOP - Solidarjeta u Koperazzjoni €6,420.001
YOU - Education for Sustainable Development in rural Localities Dar Guzeppa Debono €6,500.00
Global Sustainability Activity Workshops for Kids SOS Malta €6,500.00

Acceptance of the grant

The entities and groups responsible for submitting the projects accepted for grant must expressly accept the grant in writing by sending an email to maria@fopsim.eu

An acknowledgment email receipt will be sent to the selected organisations with more detailed information related to the start of the pilot phase and financial and technical assistance.

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Key Conclusions from the Debate 2 on Integration of Roma
and other minorities in the Labour Market

Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

28th September 2016, the Volunteer Centre, Valletta, Malta

As part of the Working Roma project, delegates from the public sector and civil society came together for the Working Roma Debate on "The development of mechanisms to coordinate the efforts of the public and civil society sector and how private and public sectors can work on immigrants' problems".

 

The Debate reached the following conclusions:

The best mechanisms that should be developed in Malta are:

  • Creation of a foundation/organisation (spaces and places for immigrants and not only to be creative and socialise)
  • Cross-cutting communication

 

During this event, a Debate took place where multiple options/solutions were discussed and evaluated. The team focused its dialogue on the need for creating a foundation/organisation for migrants where professionals (and specialised social workers) should gather in order to empower the communities and help them with their serious issues and problems. Simultaneously, a space that provides a complete set of information and where migrants can have free services. Malta is in a phase of transition and should follow the examples of the past to increase the integration of immigrants, for example the inclusion of people with disability achieved through a specific public agency that promotes employment of this target (the same for homelessness); another example is the good system of orientation tailored for asylum seekers provided by NGO's.

The second also important mechanism is cross-cutting communication. A preliminary stage is to "problematise" the term integration. Which type of integration model should Malta follow? To this question the Government can hopefully respond with the integration policy. NGOs and Public sector should foster this communication between immigrants and Maltese society and show success stories. A narrative of the integration experience should come both ways - maltese society and migrant communities - thus we need to create spaces so these two can come together and find common ground of interest and communication. All attendees believe that Malta has the potential to be a multicultural society and we can promote friendly/peacefully common living.

Concluding the Debate, all participants agreed on better communication among ourselves and to start the initiatives for providing immigrants with the proper places and opportunities to communicate, express themselves and integrate.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0137

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Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

Immigrant Training to Enhance Employability October 2016

CALL FOR TRAINERS

Following panels, debates and workshops with immigrants, feedback gathered has shown that specific training is required to enhance their employability.

The training course should cover the following topics:

  • General training Pre-labour stage: CV preparation, Interviews, self-employment, employment regulations and tips.
  • Specific information: Services and tools available for trainings and capacity building.
  • Training in Practice: Sewing for women and cleaning services for men.

 

To this extent, we invite trainers to express their interest to deliver the first part "General training on the pre-labour stage: CV preparation, Interviews, self-employment, employment regulations and tips". Due to language barrier we will have same time translators in two or three languages (most common for the majority of immigrants).

The training course will take place in October 2015 and will encompass a total of 15 hours.
Sessions will include:

  • CV preparation
  • Interviews
  • Interviews part II (in practice)
  • Employment regulations
  • Self-employment

 

FOPSIM invites all interested trainers to contact Fjoralba Kodrasi at fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu

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Key Conclusions from Debate 1 on Integration of Roma and other Minorities in the Labour Market
Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

7th September 2016, the Volunteer Centre, Valletta, Malta

As part of the Working Roma project, 12 delegates from the public sector including the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and SKOP Malta came together with SOS Malta, Caritas Malta, Migrant Women Association Malta, Cross Culture International Foundation and UNHCR from civil society for the Debate on "The development of mechanisms to coordinate the efforts of the public and civil society sector and how private and public sectors can work on immigrants' problems".

The Debate reached the following conclusions:
- The best mechanisms that should be developed in Malta are:

  • Better Communication
  • Education

 

During the debate, multiple options and solutions were discussed and evaluated. The team came to the result that better communication is required as NGOs and other stakeholders do offer services that can benefit immigrants but due to lack of communication, these services are not well circulated and successfully implemented. To this extent, there were proposed awareness raising and intercultural events, innovative tools such as online platforms and one stop shops in different localities. By spreading the information, better results can derive from better coordinated efforts from public and private sectors. The communication can also be enhanced during 2018 when Valletta will be the Capital of Culture and this will give the right exposure to the integration of immigrant communities.

The second important mechanism with long-term results is education. Integration should be taught from a young age. History courses and better information about migration is crucial. Special integration programmes among children and their parents from different communities could contribute to more coordinated efforts and a better understanding of the problem. Extracurricular activities and basic awareness raising are some tools that were suggested.

Tackling integration issues will require the participation of multiple sector and difficult procedures. Nevertheless, the attendees understood how import it is to be realistic and give innovative solutions with immediate results. Thus the discussions were focused on better communication and improved education that can in short and long term give significant results in coordinating the efforts of public and private sector.

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FOPSIM - the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta - has participated in the Integration Festival that took place at the Pjazza in Bugibba on Saturday 3rd September. This event was organised as part of the efforts conducted by the different entities which were organising this event to promote the value of integration.

Every individual of any nationality has rights and responsibilities and thus it is of utmost importance to provide the necessary platforms for participation and to promote information about the various realities present around us. This event provided space for the public to get information about the different services which are provided by the stakeholders.

FOPSIM had the chance to promote its immigrants' inclusion projects which include the RISK CHANGE, ATHLISI, SPIN and Working Roma projects emphasising most the Working Roma training sessions and workshops for immigrants that will follow. Promotional materials were distributed to the general public and our stand was open for any questions related to our projects.

Furthermore, the event participants and organisers were honoured to be visited by the President of Malta, Ms. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca who gladly spent time with FOPSIM and other stakeholders discussing immigration projects. The President congratulated FOPSIM and acknowledged our collaborative relations established with the migrant communities and the Maltese society. The President encouraged FOPSIM to keep up the good work and to update her with our successes.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0137

 

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FOPSIM's Working Roma and MWAM's Stepping Up Projects
Collaborate for Immigrant Integration

The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta (FOPSIM) together with the Migrant Women Association Malta (MWAM) hosted the first Campaign for immigrants' integration into the labour market on Thursday 28th July at Dar l-Ewropa in Valletta, as part of the Working Roma project and the Stepping up project.

During this event, FOPSIM presented the Working Roma project and its planned steps for the future. The Working Roma project funded by the JUSTICE programme of the EU expects to provide new tools, based on the exchange of best practices, to prevent any form of intolerance in the labour market for immigrants, involving social, political and economic stakeholders. FOPSIM also introduced two of its new projects which are the RISK CHANGE, a Creative Europe project and the ATHLISI project funded by Erasmus+. Both of the projects aim for the social inclusion of immigrants through art, culture and sports.

MWAM has launched the 'Stepping up' project funded by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Service through the Small Initiatives Scheme. The project includes the creation of a website for the association to be more accessible to migrant women, volunteers and the general public as well as conducting research focused on migrant women's access to the labour market. The research will be carried out through a questionnaire that will assess migrant women's skills, working conditions and obstacles finding employment. The data collected will help the association to respond, through its future activities, to the real needs of migrant women in Malta and achieve its main goal to promote equal treatment, equal rights and better integration for migrant women in Malta.

After the introduction of the hosting organisations, three group discussions took place. The main purpose of these groups were to discuss a successful National Integration Policy, the obstacles and solutions of immigrants during their employment and to bridge the gap between migrants' skills and the labour market needs.

At the end of the event, an interview with Times of Malta took place and promotional materials were distributed to the general public. Closing the campaign, all conclusions from the focus groups were presented and the audience was informed about the upcoming events organised by FOPSIM and MWAM.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0137

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RISK CHANGE Project Kick-off Meeting in Slovenia

Paragon Europe attended the kick-off meeting for the RISK CHANGE Project in Maribor, Slovenia on the 6th and 7th July, 2016. The event was successfully hosted by the lead project partner ACE KIBLA in Slovenia and attended by all ten international partners from Hungary, Latvia, Croatia, Serbia, France, Malta, Netherlands, Greece and the UK.

Malta is represented by FOPSIM. The RISK CHANGE project will run for 48 months, having just started in June 2016. The project is EU-funded through the Creative Europe programme and aims to create, connect, compare, disseminate and promote contemporary EU interdisciplinary art related to social studies and migration. The project covers the fields of contemporary interdisciplinary culture, art and creativity connected to science, especially social and applied sciences and ICT.

The RISK CHANGE project will increase transnational mobility, audience development, digitalisation and new sustainable model. It entails interacting with different target audiences, especially building connectivity between new-coming migrants and settled inhabitants within EU communities.

During the project's kick-off meeting, each partner presented their institutions and the project was introduced. Discussions followed about the internal and administrative arrangements of the project and moved on a workshop brainstorming session about the solutions to integrate immigrants into society. The implementation of the project was discussed together with the project tasks per region leading to a detailed work plan and the definition of the next steps.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or 2339 0137 www.fopsim.eu

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Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning
Project Meeting and Dissemination Conference in Turin

As the Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning project comes to a close, FOPSIM attended the Project Meeting and Dissemination Conference held in Turin, Italy on 27th and 28th June.

During the final dissemination conference, the results of the project developed by universities and entities from seven countries that have contributed to the international Erasmus+ project were presented together with the aims and objectives of the project with the activities and output materials. The project developed active means of cooperation between higher educational and vocational centres as well as not-for-profit NGOs that work with young and adult people with disabilities.

The project has aimed to learn about the reality of each country regarding integration of people with disabilities, especially in the field of adult training, in order to create synergies and facilitate their integration to work places and access to better jobs. One of the main objectives of the project has also been to search for new work methods, such as entrepreneurship, focusing on youth, one of the most disadvantaged groups in this sector.

During the conference, FOPSIM presented the aims, objective, mission and activities implemented in the framework of the project including the results of the pilot phase of the DEM module that was organised last April and May. The conference was successfully attended by all partners.

For more information about the Integration Through Learning Project, contact Maria Limongelli on maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139 www.fopsim.eu

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EU Collective Plays Focus Group

FOPSIM hosted the focus group to better understand the theme 'When parents refuse treatment for children' chosen for a new theatre play as part of the Creative Europe project 'EU Showcase of Collective Plays'. (www.eucollectiveplays.eu)

The COLLECTIVE PLAYS! Project is funded by Creative Europe and aims at promoting the creation of plays which are the result of a collaboration of playwrights of different nationalities. Playwright Vincent Vella has been commissioned by Maltese partner FOPSIM to create the play representing Malta. The theme chosen is when parents refuse treatment for their children.

The focus group was held on Thursday 23rd June, 2016 at 3pm at the Office of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector in Valletta. Participants includes experts in each of their areas as follows: Ms Cynthia Sammut - Office of the Commissioner for Children; Ms Gertrude Buttigieg - Secretary of Malta Health Network and Communication Officer for the Commissioner for Mental Health; Rev Dr Ray Zammit - Senior Lecturer in Social and Professional Ethics; Dr Charles Azzopardi - Family therapist; Vincent Vella - playwright; Joyce Grech - Focus Group Chairperson; and Maria Limongelli - Project Officer FOPSIM.

For more information about EU Collective Plays project, please visit:
www.eucollectiveplays.eu
www.facebook.com/Eu-Collective-Plays-911804535557260
Or contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO PROVIDE SPORT COURSES IN THREE DISCIPLINES ATHLETICS, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING FOR CHILDREN 4 - 7 YEARS OLD

Closing Date: 07.08.2016

Category: Sport Courses

FOPSIM is participating in "On the move" project funded under Erasmus+ Sport Programme.

FOPSIM is looking for a provider of sport related services:

  • Type of sport courses: sport courses in Athletics, Gymnastics and Swimming
  • Target Group: 30 children
  • Age group: 4 - 7 years old
  • Duration: 3 months 3 times per week (October 2016 - January 2017)
  • Starting Date: October 2016

The Expression of Interest must include:

  • The service provider profile
  • Detailed description of the service available
  • VAT number
  • Relevant experience in the field
  • Price offer

FOPSIM reserves the right to reject any call or all submissions submitted at its absolute discretion, and will not be bound to give reasons for rejecting such submissions and is also entitled to reject any submission that does not include required documentation, or which is incomplete. FOPSIM also reserves the right to seek the services of other providers.

Click here to Submit your Expression of Interest All Expressions of Interest should be submitted before the deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact: diana@fopsim.eu

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"On the move" Project Second Partners Meeting in Portugal

FOPSIM has attended second partner's meeting for the On the Move project funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sport programme in Lousada, Portugal. Partners had the opportunity to discuss project progress, further project implementation and to share experiences regarding the sport courses organisation.

The project coordinator, Medjimurje County started already implementing the sports course for children. During the meeting, they shared their experience with the course and marketing campaign which took place.

At the end of the meeting, partners had the opportunity to participate in sport activities and nutrition workshop.

For more information about the project, please contact: diana@fopsim.eu

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CALL OF GRANTS FOR EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
PILOT PROJECT IN RURAL AREAS - 2016

Total budget of €26,000 ... Individual projects financed up to €6,500 for activities related to Education for Development

The Rural DEAR Agenda - European Year of Development 2015 project managed by the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (FOPSIM) is inviting applicants to tender to support different proposals whose methodology, resources, designs, actions or fundamental conceptions are aimed at the ultimate goal of Education for Development: to promote educational processes that build a global citizenship that is analytical, critical, purposive and active in the new formulation of living spaces.

The project aims to develop, test and promote a participatory model of DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) for rural municipalities, with inclusive, innovative and effective strategies and action lines launched for EYD in 2015. The Agenda operates at two levels: Local Authorities in rural areas and the population of those municipalities.

Or contact: maria.limongelli@fopsim.eu 2339 0139

Submission Deadline: Friday 29th July at 12:00 hrs
Applications submitted after this date will not be considered

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EU Collective Plays Focus Group

FOPSIM is hosting a focus group to understand better the theme 'When parents refuse treatment for children' chosen for a new theatre play as part of the Creative Europe project 'EU Showcase of Collective Plays'. (www.eucollectiveplays.eu)

The COLLECTIVE PLAYS! Project is funded by Creative Europe and aims at promoting the creation of plays which are the result of a collaboration of playwrights of different nationalities. Playwright Vincent Vella has been commissioned by Maltese partner FOPSIM to create the play representing Malta. The theme chosen is when parents refuse treatment for their children.

The focus group will be held on Thursday 23rd June, 2016 at 3pm at the Office of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, at Volunteer Centre, 181, Melita Street, Valletta. Participants include experts in each of their areas as follows: Ms Cynthia Sammut - Office of the Commissioner for Children; Ms Gertrude Buttigieg - Secretary of Malta Health Network and Communication Officer for the Commissioner for Mental Health; Rev Dr Ray Zammit - Senior Lecturer in Social and Professional Ethics; Dr Charles Azzopardi - Family therapist; Vincent Vella - playwright; Joyce Grech - Focus Group Chairperson; and Maria Limongelli - Project Officer FOPSIM.

For more information about EU Collective Plays project, please visit: www.eucollectiveplays.eu | Facebook or contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139.

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Karate course as part of SPIN project finalised

The Karate course organised by FOPSIM as part of SPIN project finished in May 2016. The karate module was structured in the following way: at the beginning of the course a brief explanation about karate importance and philosophy was given, it was followed by the practical part. The practical session included kata for the yellow belt learning, self-defense and kumite. The practical and theoretical parts were enhanced by talks about conflict resolution, building a friendship and motivational conversations.

The course finished with a yellow belt exam and yellow belt graduation.

SPIN project is funded under the Erasmus+ Sport programme and has intended to address the need for an integrative model for young people in the most difficult situations, providing the opportunity to undertake the path of social reintegration through sports in an atmosphere of friendship, mutual support and security.

SPIN project took place in Italy, Spain (Majorca), United Kingdom, Greece and Malta.

For more information, please contact Diana Arutjunjan at diana@fopsim.eu

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On the Move kick off meeting

On 4-6 April, FOPSIM participated in the "On the move" project kick off meeting. This project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sport programme.

Partners from Croatia, UK, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal and Malta met in Prelog for the first time to discuss the project implementation and future plans. Partners had the opportunity to visit gymnastics clubs in Croatia and to get a lot of valuable experience for the future project implementation.

The next meeting will take place in Portugal during June.

If you have any questions about the project please contact: diana@fopsim.eu

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"ASKParents" Seminar II and
"Integration Through Learning" Session II

Paragon Europe and FOPSIM held a joint event to host the ASKParents and Integration Through Learning project seminars and sessions at the Corinthia Palace in Attard, Malta on 25th May 2016. Paragon Europe and its affiliate FOPSIM had the pleasure to discuss opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. Both projects are EU-funded through the Erasmus+ programme.

Paragon Europe, an innovative EU advisory and Project Management company conducted the second seminar for the ASKParents project. FOPSIM, the Maltese foundation for social inclusion of vulnerable people delivered the second session of the Integration Through Learning project in order to encourage educators to improve their interaction and communication with people with disabilities. Both projects are EU-funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The second session focused on practical and interactive exercises to give tips on how to communicate with person with disabilities.

The ASKParents project is intended as a source of information and reference for parents who have a child with disabilities. The intended and most important message of the stakeholders for the parents of children with difficulties is making them feel that they are not alone!

At the second seminar, greater emphasis was given on Understanding the Child's Learning Style, Effective Communication and an Individualised Education Programme for parents and their children with disabilities. Attendees had the chance to discuss students' learning difficulties and guidelines for parents and teachers were given.

The aim of the Integration Through Learning project is the social and labour inclusion of people with disabilities. In order to promote labour inclusion, the project aims to remove the main attitudinal, policy and physical barriers including negative attitude of employers and service providers together with policies which are designed and deliberated without the involvement of disabled people. The Integration Through Learning project session revolved around practical exercises both at an individual level and in groups. The exercises focussed on stereotypes, disability languages, lip reading, and attitudes towards persons with mental disabilities. At the end of the session, a Certificate of Participation was delivered to the participants.

For more information about the projects and all other services offered by Paragon Europe and FOPSIM, please contact us on info@paragoneurope.eu or f.kodrasi@paragoneurope.eu

www.askparents.eu www.paragoneurope.eu www.fopsim.eu


Ms. Fjoralba Kodrasi - ASKParents - Paragon Europe


Ms. Maria Limongelli - Integration Through Learning - FOPSIM

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Working Roma Partner Meeting and Study Visits in Portugal

Between the 16th and 20th of May 2016, FOPSIM attended the partner meeting and study visits for the Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe - project in Lisbon, Portugal.

During the meeting, the state of Roma immigrants in each partner country was evaluated. The objective, activities and results from each project partner were discussed and a dissemination strategy plan was put into place. Discussions followed about the internal and administrative arrangements of the project. As part of the meeting, study visits in Roma communities in Lisbon were carried out and a panel with Roma people was held including debates with local representatives, social agents and NGOs. The study visits were later evaluated and work plans were created to implement the next steps of the project.

Working Roma covers a duration of 24 months starting from the 1st of January 2016 under the Justice Programme and expects to provide new tools based on the exchange of best practices to prevent any form of intolerance in the labour market for the Roma population, involving social, political and economic stakeholders. The project will work to improve training of professionals regarding vulnerable groups, and increase employment statistics of minorities, achieve a better understanding of ongoing procedures, promote policy debate at a national and European level, conduct research on existing procedures and ensure greater awareness among the public about peaceful coexistence, tolerance and non-discriminatory behaviour.

To date, FOPSIM has already hosted two Round Table events with delegates from the public sector and civil society who came together for to discuss the accessibility of the labour market to minority groups; and three local panels with immigrants giving them the opportunity to voice their difficulties related to education and training and to express the problems they face at all stages of employment in Malta. The next step in this project’s implementation in Malta will be debates and training sessions hosted by FOPSIM for the participation of NGOs.

For more information, please contact fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or 2339 0137 www.fopsim.eu

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Key Conclusions from the final Local Panel on Integration of Roma in the Labour Market
Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

13th May 2016, Waterfront Hotel, Sliema, Malta

The local panels with immigrants came to an end on Friday 13th May. FOPSIM organised the third and final panel with immigrants at the Waterfront Hotel in Sliema. During this panel, participants had the opportunity to discuss topics related to immigrants' access to the labour market, education and training and to express the problems they face at all stages of employment in Malta.

Although the migrant population has doubled over the past decade, it is argued that Maltese laws and policies in relation to integration remain among of the weakest and least favourable in Europe. Nevertheless, ad hoc initiatives have been adopted at local or departmental levels. Several local councils (municipalities) are active in cultural and social integration activities, whilst government agencies, including primarily service provision agencies have focused on internal capacity building, relating to service provision.

It has been admitted that in Malta there's a lot of discrimination especially towards some countries such as Libya, Somalia as well as towards Muslims. For this group of people, accessing the labour market and integrating into society is extremely difficult. Furthermore, taking into account the recent unfortunate events in France, Belgium and Turkey, Islamophobia has been increased in Malta. Muslims are completely excluded while other minorities such as Libyans or Latin Americans are searching for other ways to integrate into society, such as changing surnames. To this extent, we should mention that men and women are facing the same difficulties and obstacles in entering the labour market.

During this panel, the attendees focussed mostly on how to tackle the problems that immigrants are facing and how the government, society and immigrants themselves should act in order for everybody to benefit from the inclusion of immigrants in the labour market. The suggestions that came from the discussions are the followings:

I. Establishment of a 'one-stop shop' which would provide immigrants with relevant information on services and requests in multiple languages and signpost them further as required.

II. Further educational programmes and training courses. They should be stricter and motivate the attendees to follow the courses until the end. Moreover, these classes should be divided in different levels according to the performance of the participants.

III. Further efforts for the recognition of immigrants’ qualifications and the establishment of specific programmes in order for them to take exams to justify their skills.

IV. Better coordination at governmental level, and a more sustained and comprehensive approach from NGOs and civil society.

V. Better communication between governmental bodies and civil society.

VI. Further motivation of the immigrants in order to promote cultural exchange and willingness for social inclusion within Maltese society.

VII. Awareness events and campaigns on this topic to start public dialogue.

All attendees agreed that a common action plan from the government, the EU and civil society should be formed and implemented. They also expressed their disappointment with regards to the fact that in Malta, no plan or programme has been developed so far to successfully tackle this issue, but the road for developing such policies is ready.

All panels have come to an end and the floor will be given to NGO debates.


FOPSIM Working Roma project panel 3 held on 13th of May

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Key Conclusions from the 2nd Local Panel on Integration of Roma in the Labour Market
Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

10th May 2016, St. James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta

On Tuesday 10th May, FOPSIM hosted the Second Panel with immigrants at St James Cavalier in Valletta.

The Working Roma project partners agree that labour market insertion must be the priority to promote the full social integration of the Roma and other minorities. To this extent, this project will focus on promoting labour integration, access to professional training and improve the understanding of the contexts of the Roma population and all the sub-groups, through measures to analyse the characteristics of the areas where they are concentrated, and observe racism and xenophobia in the workplace.

Malta has inevitably been host to many different cultures, languages, religions and models of government. Demographically, Malta is rapidly diversifying. The majority are regular migrants from within the European Union, or outside the EU coming from countries such as the Philippines, Russia and Serbia, while a minority comprises asylum-seekers and beneficiaries of international protection, mainly from Eritrea and Somalia and more recently, from Syria and Libya.

It is a fact that xenophobia within the Maltese population is increasing. One major reason is the problem of irregular immigrants. Xenophobia can be identified at any aspect of people's life - society, school and work. This can explain the immigrants' unemployment or their employment in low paid jobs. In order for more immigrants to be involved in the labour market, the government should invest more in their education and reduce the bureaucracy. It is known that the main difficulty is to enter the labour market, after this most of the immigrants do not face any problems with the work ethics or adapting in the workplace.

Training and education is the cornerstone of being employed, especially when competitiveness is very high. Immigrants should firstly improve their language skills and be recognised for their expertise and qualifications. Moreover, the education system must adapt to meet the needs of the immigrants since the government has not yet been proactive and this has resulted in the exclusion of immigrants.

Participating in areas of public and political life is still a distant goal. It requires a lot of effort for immigrants to reach this stage. It is only after receiving basic training and education, after being integrated in the labour market and included in social life that the public sector can be made more accessible for immigrants. Maltese society is still very conservative and "close" to foreigners. Only time and political will for change and inclusion can lead in the right direction.

During this panel, the participants emphasised the need for education and training of immigrants. It was mentioned that no policy or specific programme has been developed by the government in order to help immigrants to access training and enter the labour market. Education is important also for the young generations of immigrants and their integration in the labour market and society.

A final panel will be held to carry on the discussions.


FOPSIM Working Roma project panel 2 held on 10th May

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Paragon Europe and FOPSIM team up to
Collaborate on EU-Funded Projects Promoting Social Inclusion

Paragon Europe together with the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta (FOPSIM) led the seminars for the 'All Special Kids - Parents' and 'Integration Through Learning' Projects at the Corinthia Palace Hotel on 28th April, 2016. The event was very successful, attended by NGOs, civil society organisations, representatives from public institutions like ETC and KNPD, Agenzija Sapport, representatives from University of Malta, head of schools, teachers, NGOs dealing with disabilities, parents, families and many other guests and collaborators.

Both projects are EU-funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The All Special Kids - Parents Project focuses on the need for promotion of psycho-social adjustment and raising the quality of life of families of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) by guiding, counselling and training services to ensure active participation in the education of their children. The project is led by Karsiyaka Ilce Milli Egitim Mudurlugu in Turkey and includes five international partners from Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania and the UK. Malta is represented by Paragon Europe. The ASK Parents project has a total budget of €143,461 and will run for 24 months, having started in September 2015.

The rationale of All Special Kids - Parents Project is that children benefit most from their education when parents and professionals work together. The project focuses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes of disabled kids' parents for tomorrow's world of integration. The target group contains every kind of disability and parents who have special children will have the opportunity to meet other parents whose children have the same or similar difficulties. They will also have the ability to see how people in other European countries overcome the emotional and psychological issues they may be facing.

The Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning Project is led by the Federacion Mestral Cocemfe Tarragona in Spain and includes six international project partners from Italy, Greece, Poland, Malta, Latvia and Turkey. Malta is represented by FOPSIM. The project has a budget of €125,762 and will come to a close in August 2016 after running for 24 months since September 2014. The project will encourage educators to improve their interaction and communication with people with disabilities. The project aims to create non-disabling educational and labour environments.

The aim of the Integration Through Learning project is the social and labour inclusion of people with disabilities. According to the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 the inclusion of 80 million people with disabilities (constituting 16% of its population) is of utmost importance since the EU-wide employment rate of disabled people is approximately 20 percentage points lower than the rate of non-disabled persons. In order to promote labour inclusion, the project aims to remove the main attitudinal, policy and physical barriers including negative attitude of employers and service providers together with policies which are designed and deliberated without the involvement of disabled people. The seminars promote successful integration of disabled people in the labour market through a number of measures including dissemination of best practices, putting forward recommendations to NGOs and sharing expertise.

The Integration Through Learning Course discussions revolved around types of disabilities; stereotypical perceptions about persons with disabilities; language tips; discrimination; and the differences between integration and inclusion. Concurrently, the ASKParents Seminar focussed on basic rights in special education; self-determination and happy/successful children; the necessity for environmental adaptation; and the need to create a vision for the future to raise the quality of life of families of children with special educational needs.

ASKParents will shortly be holding the second seminar which will cover different topics including understanding my child's learning style; and effective communication and the Individualised Education Programme (IEP) for me and my child with SEN. The Integration through Learning course will also continue whereby all participants will meet again to do some practical exercises together and to present the Certificate of Participation.

Paragon Europe has been the focal point for building synergies with European organisations. This has been instrumental to FOPSIM getting into these types of project collaborations. Paragon Europe and FOPSIM pride themselves in being involved in projects for Social Inclusion and aim to support the delivery of successful projects in a way that ensures benefits for all minorities in society. With one project coming to a close this year and the other just kicking-off, Paragon Europe will build on the learnings from the project handled by FOPSIM and both plan to collaborate on many more such projects in the future.

For more information about Paragon Europe and the ASKParents Project, contact Fjoralba Kodrasi on fjoralba.kodrasi@paragoneurope.eu or +356 2339 0137 or visit the project website at www.askparents.eu and the Paragon Europe website at www.paragoneurope.eu

For more information about FOPSIM and the Integration Through Learning Project, contact Maria Limongelli on maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139 or visit the website at www.fopsim.eu


Ms. Fjoralba Kodrasi representing All Special Kids - Parents, Paragon Europe (left)
Ms. Maria Limongelli representing Integration Through Learning, FOPSIM (right)


The joint event was attended by NGOs, civil society organisations, ETC, KNPD, AgenzijaSapport, representatives from University of Malta, head of schools, teachers, NGOs dealing with disabilities, parents, families and many other guests and collaborators

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Key Conclusions from the Local Panel 1 on Integration of Roma in the Labour Market Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

26th April 2016, St. James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta

The first Local Panel was held on Tuesday 26th of April to discuss the direct opinion and experiences of immigrants with regards to their integration in the labour market. The objective was to expose their motivation when applying for a job and problems they face because of racist behaviour as well as their needs and demands.

The Working Roma project will inform and support its partners to develop local action plans that facilitate better employment services, through improved access and an integrated approach, to ensure smooth integration in the labour market, support the social inclusion of young Roma and their transition into active citizens, and get the active involvement of business in each community.

Although Malta declared that no national minorities exist on its territory, traces of race-based discrimination do appear in some documents. The difficulties in accessing employment relate to stereotyping and difficulties in acquiring employment licences, the nature of the labour market and the lack of recognition of their qualification were discussed.

In general, there is a type of xenophobia and racism in society it has been particularly noticed that serious islamophobia has risen. In the workplace though, the situation is very different. The law is implemented equally to every employee, regardless of race and nationality, but the main difficulty is to enter the labour market and that is the stage where most immigrants are facing difficulties, resulting in the unemployment of immigrants.

In order to involve minorities and immigrants in the labour market as well as the young generations, it was commonly agreed that more educational programmes or better visibility and promotion of the existing ones is needed. The minorities and the immigrants can easily adapt to the work ethics of the country, but further assistance with regards to language proficiency skills is essential.

It was also mentioned that in each country there appears to be cultural differences but Maltese society is very unique in this case and for the country the experience of immigrants and minorities is quite new. Thus, communication among society, the government and minorities/immigrants is still at its early stages and requires time, coordination as well as active NGOs and governmental bodies. It was also unanimously mentioned that efforts must be made from both sides - minorities and Maltese society - in order to achieve smooth integration of immigrants in the labour market.

The participants concluded that social and cultural events, youth movements and governmental or private programmes can contribute to the proper education and inclusion of immigrants and minorities and better prepare them for work placements. Many good examples were mentioned where immigrants engaged themselves, even in the public sector and politics, but this is still at a very early stage as society and the immigrants are not yet prepared for this sector of employment.

A further 2 panels will be held in the next month to carry on discussions.

For further information, please contact Fjoralba Kodrasi on fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or call +356 2339 0137.


FOPSIM Working Roma project panel 1 held on 26th April

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Integration through Learning Dissemination Conference in Tarragona

As the Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning project comes to a close, FOPSIM attended the Dissemination Conference held in Tarragona on Tuesday 19th April.

At the event, the results of the project developed by universities and entities from 7 countries that have contributed to the international Erasmus+ project were presented. The project developed active means of cooperation between higher educational and vocational centres as well as not-for-profit NGOs that work with young and adult people with disabilities.

The project has aimed to learn about the reality of each country regarding integration of people with disabilities, especially in the field of adult training, in order to create synergies and facilitate their integration to work places and access to better jobs. One of the main objectives of the project has also been to search for new work methods, such as entrepreneurship, focusing on youth, one of the most disadvantaged groups in this sector.

During the events, the participants were able to get to know the three modules elaborated within the project, namely 'Disability and Society'; 'Start your own Business'; and the 'Good Practices Manual'.

The conference was open to public attendance and was successfully attended by all partners.

For more information about the Integration Through Learning Project, contact Maria Limongelli on maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139


The participants at the Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning project Dissemination Conference held in Tarragona on Tuesday 19th April

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Key Conclusions from the Second Round Table on Integration of Roma and other minorities in the Labour Market Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

On the15th of April 2016, FOPSIM hosted the second Round Table of the Working Roma project.

The event was held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta and 7 delegates from the public sector (Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, OPR-FWS and APPOGG) and civil society (Workers Forum Malta and Malta Employers) came together for a round table to discuss the accessibility of the labour market to minority groups.

In Malta, there is no proof of an existing Roma population. Even though Roma people tend to move from one country to another, Malta has not been one of those countries, possibly due to the country's location (an island far from central Europe). Thus, immigrants were the main topic of the Round Table and they will be the target group for this project.

The Maltese working legislation is implemented equally for Maltese citizens and immigrants, but currently the integration of immigrants in the labour market has been very slow as only around 3% of them are integrated officially. Most of the immigrants are involved in sectors such as building construction, housekeeping, IT, hotels and restaurants. To this extent, immigrants do not seem to be fully integrated into the labour market and evenly engaged in all sectors. In order to enforce this process at the end of this project the main resolution and recommendations must be presented to the related Ministry.

The main barrier to integration is language. Immigrants should be trained and assisted to accelerate the pace of integration, especially with regards to language and culture. Apart from NGOs and some periodical offers of English courses, the government should provide interpreters and further social and legal support. To reach this goal a new policy for immigrants should be created by the government. Furthermore, immigrants need to be better educated because due to their low standards of living they seem to be satisfied with the jobs they are doing and thus they do not search for better jobs or try to improve their skills.

Additionally, the main way to fight undeclared work is reducing the bureaucracy around commercial licences and assisting immigrants with subsidies. In general, the improvement of the immigrants' situation demands coordination from the government and better communication among the Ministries by periodically organising meetings and comparing the results from each procedure. Finally, it is important to create skill profiles of the immigrants in order to match them better with the work placements.

The round table event concluded with a decision of acting in this area, promoting and engaging further actors, especially the Government. Participants agreed to support the project during its lifetime and its outcomes.

For further information, please contact Fjoralba Kodrasi on fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or call +356 2339 0137.


FOPSIM host the second Working Roma project Round Table

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EU Collective Plays! Project Launched

FOPSIM hosted the Info Session which served to officially launch the EU Collective Plays! project. FOPSIM has been awarded the European Showcase of Collective Plays project which is co-funded under the Creative Europe Programme with an overall budget of €1,886,770 and will run for four years from 2015 to 2019.

The event took place on 10th March between 14:00 and 16:00 at St. James Cavalier - Studio B and presentations revolved around the project objective and theme related to theatre. Refreshments and networking followed where all guests discussed more specific details about the project and their collaboration. Speakers included:

• Maria Limongelli from FOPSIM who introduced FOPSIM and discussed Creative Europe programme opportunities and gave an overview of the EU Collective Plays project;
• Joyce Grech, Head of the Malta Drama Centre who presented the challenges and opportunities for theatre in Malta whilst also addressing the project deliverables and introducing the international partners;
• Mr. Vincent Vella, a Maltese writer selected for the project who gave the playwright perspective;
• and Prof. Vicki Ann Cremona, Associate Professor Theatre Studies at the University of Malta who discussed the availability of certified courses and workshops for scriptwriters and the importance of professional and creative writing.

The project brings together a consortium of seven organisations from six countries. The lead partner is the Teatro Stabile delle Arti Medioevali in Italy and other project partners include: Associazione La Gramigna (Italy), Royal Theatre Zetski dom (Montenegro), Actividades Artísticas La Fura dels Baus, S.A. (Spain), Oslo National Academy of Arts (Norway), FORTeRESse (Belgium) and FOPSIM is the local project partner in Malta.

The project aims to stimulate international cooperation between playwrights and theatre organisations of different nationalities to improve their international reputation at European and global levels. The objective is to create transnational theatre productions to facilitate the exchange of procedures and outlooks between European artists. The project intends to widen the appeal of theatrical performances by including internal dialogue within each play, expanding upon the idea of European citizenship through polyphonic plays and assisting with the dissemination of these new playwriting strategies for artistic expression. Furthermore, the plays developed through this project will be internationally toured and showcased at European festivals.

The role of FOPSIM will include participating in the Commissioning Committee and transnational meetings, where key project decisions will be made. FOPSIM will also organise and conduct workshops, workshows and focus groups as well as rehearsals and readings and will stage the play and related events.

The main mission of FOPSIM - The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta - is to promote and sustain employment, social solidarity, youth and other marginalised issues to achieve tangible advancement in the transition towards a more equitable society. The Foundation makes use of a diffuse network of resources in the professional, academic, research and journalism fields. FOPSIM is actively participating in EU-funded programmes and seeks to increasingly promote Malta’s participation in EU affairs in the social inclusion and youth areas.

For more information about EU Collective Plays project, please visit the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Eu-Collective-Plays-911804535557260/?ref=hl or contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139.

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Key Conclusions from the Round Table on Integration of Roma and other minorities in the Labour Market

Working Roma - Stop Labour Discrimination of Roma in Europe project

On 25th February 2016, FOPSIM hosted the Working Roma project Round Table. Working Roma is part of the European funded project aiming to discuss the problems of immigrants' integration and debate the slow pace of integration in the labour market of disadvantaged groups, the current employment policies and laws and social corporate responsibility and patterns in discrimination.

The Working Roma project is co-funded under the JUSTICE Programme with an overall budget of €227,452.04. The lead partner is Ayuntamiento de Andujar in Spain and the project brings together eight other partners including the Institute for Labour and Social Research - ILSR (Bulgaria), Anci Sardinia (Italy), FOPSIM (Malta), APODEC, As. Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (Slovenia), Asoc. Dominou (Romania), Oldham Race Equality Partnership - OREP (United Kingdom), Komunikujeme (Czech Republic) and the Active Citizens Partnership - ACP (Greece).

The main mission of FOPSIM - The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta - is topromote and sustain employment, social solidarity, youth and other marginalised issues to achieve tangible advancement in the transition towards a more equitable society. The Foundation makes use of a diffuse network of resources in the professional, academic, research and journalism fields. FOPSIM is actively participating in EU-funded programmes and seeks to increasingly promote Malta's participation in EU affairs in the social inclusion and youth areas.

The Working Roma event was held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta and 9 delegates from the public sector (ETC Malta, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security), private sector (Malta Microfinance, Leap project) and civil society (General Workers' Union, SOS Malta, African Media Association Malta, and Migrant Women Association Malta) came together round table to discuss about accessibility of the labour market to minority groups.

In Malta, accessibility of immigrants to enter the labour market is generally easily achieved. However, the jobs that immigrants are engaged in are usually low skilled jobs, where their rights can be deceived. The Maltese government offers English language courses and some training, but since they are usually funded by the EU they are not always available. Furthermore, the skills and competences among immigrants vary (from no basic education to university degrees), but the qualifications are not always recognised or found. Also, even if Centres for immigrants (for shelter, information, support) exist, their needs are not covered. Although, there are benefits available (training from the government, loans from companies to start up their businesses) these are not completely exploited. Moreover, the undeclared work is not totally fought.

The immigrant situation in Malta was briefly analysed, problems were identified and conclusions are summarised below. Discussions analysed the pressing need for immediate actions to empower immigrants and enhance or match their skills with labour market needs and it was acknowledged that the focus should be on the following solutions:

• Since there are benefits offered by the Government and other Civil Society bodies we should exploit them properly, thus awareness raising campaigns are crucial. To this extent, we must also organise activities for promoting entrepreneurship among the immigrants.

• More active immigrant unions with a stronger voice for their rights and to offer general consultancy. These unions can also be coordinated by immigrants that were already in Malta so they can support each other, properly guiding and protecting migrants from labour abuse by reporting the abuse.

• In order for the immigrants to escape the vicious circle of low skilled jobs; job shadowing would help them to improve their skills. Also, a good tool for fighting the undeclared work and support immigrants' employment could be the voucher scheme system, similar to the programme introduced by the Italian Government.

• The creation of the Local Action Group as was introduced by the Working Roma project would be the milestone of this issue, since the group will be organising campaigns and meetings every month which provide recommendations for improvements.

Delegates expressed their sincere gratitude for hosting this important round-table dialogue and also welcomed the gracious offer to participate in the Local Action Group for Malta. Finally, they suggested bringing more team players on board, especially decision makers in order to efficiently tackle these issues. The round table event closed with a decision of acting in this area, promoting and engaging further actors for the next event which will be organised in March.

For further information, please contact Fjoralba Kodrasi on fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or call on +356 2339 0137.

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FOPSIM host the Working Roma project Round Table

The Working Roma event, held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta was attended by ETC Malta, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, Malta Microfinance, Leap project, General Workers' Union, SOS Malta, African Media Association Malta, and Migrant Women Association Malta.

About the Working Roma Project

Working Roma covers a duration of 24 months starting from the 1st of January 2016 under the Justice Programme and expects to provide new tools based on the exchange of best practices to prevent any form of intolerance in the labour market for the Roma population, involving social, political and economic stakeholders. The project will work to improve training of professionals regarding vulnerable groups, and increase employment statistics of minorities, achieve a better understanding of ongoing procedures, promote policy debate at a national and European level, conduct research on existing procedures and ensure greater awareness among the public about peaceful coexistence, tolerance and non-discriminatory behaviour.

Project Objectives:

• To establish networks of diverse stakeholders including government, civil society, education (formal and non-formal), media, industry and more

• To develop the exchange and transfer of good practices carried out in different European cities and implement outreach activities that promote multiculturalism in the workplace

• Promote the expansion of employment opportunities for the gipsy population and promote training activities for trainers, social workers and mediators regarding discrimination

• To raise awareness on issues of racism and xenophobia, and harmonise the approach at a European level to improve the identification and protection of the gipsy population in vulnerable situations in the workplace

• Supporting the exchange and cooperation between different European cities, for an effective fight against racism

• To empower the Roma population, by ethnicity suffer employment discrimination, supporting them in defending their rights

• To increase awareness among the stakeholder and the different actors of public government or civil society of its responsibility in the fight against discrimination based on ethnic and stereotyped behaviours

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Info Session to Launch the EU Collective Plays! Project

FOPSIM is organising an Info Session which will serve to officially launch the EU Collective Plays! project. FOPSIM has been awarded the European Showcase of Collective Plays project which is co-funded under the Creative Europe Programme with an overall budget of € 1,886,770 and will run for four years from 2015 to 2019.

The project brings together a consortium of seven organisations from six countries. The lead partner is the Teatro Stabile delle Arti Medioevali in Italy and other project partners include: Associazione La Gramigna (Italy), Royal Theatre Zetski dom (Montenegro), Actividades Artísticas La Fura dels Baus, S.A. (Spain), Oslo National Academy of Arts (Norway), FORTeRESse (Belgium) and FOPSIM is the local project partner in Malta.

The event will take place on 10th March between 14:00 and 16:00 at St. James Cavalier - Studio B and discussions will revolve around the project objective and theme related to theatre. Participation is free and refreshments will be served. Speakers will include Maria Limongelli from FOPSIM; Joyce Grech, Head of the Malta Drama Centre; Mr. Vincent Vella, a Maltese writer selected for the project; and Prof. Vicki Ann Cremona, Associate Professor Theatre Studies at the University of Malta.

The project aims to stimulate international cooperation between playwrights and theatre organisations of different nationalities to improve their international reputation at European and global levels. The objective is to create transnational theatre productions to facilitate the exchange of procedures and outlooks between European artists. The project intends to widen the appeal of theatrical performances by including internal dialogue within each play, expanding upon the idea of European citizenship through polyphonic plays and assisting with the dissemination of these new playwriting strategies for artistic expression. Furthermore, the plays developed through this project will be internationally toured and showcased at European festivals.

The role of FOPSIM will include participating in the Commissioning Committee and transnational meetings, where key project decisions will be made. FOPSIM will also organise and conduct workshops, workshows and focus groups as well as rehearsals and readings and will stage the play and related events.

FOPSIM's main mission is to promote and sustain employment, social solidarity, youth and other marginalised issues to achieve tangible advancement in the transition towards a more equitable society. The Foundation makes use of a diffuse network of resources in the professional, academic, research and journalism fields. FOPSIM is actively participating in EU-funded programmes and seeks to increasingly promote Malta's participation in EU affairs in the social inclusion and youth areas.

For more information about EU Collective Plays project, please visit the Facebook Page or contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu or +356 2339 0139.

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FOPSIM is hosting the

Working Roma project Round Table

On 25th February 2016, FOPSIM will be hosting the "Working Roma" project Round Table. Working Roma is part of the European funded project aiming to discuss the problems of immigrants' integration and debate about the slow pace of integration in the labor market of disadvantaged groups, the current employment policies and laws and social corporate responsibility and patterns in discrimination.

The event will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta from 3pm to 5pm with registration starting at 2.45pm. Registration is highly recommended due to limited seats. Participants will include the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers, Malta Microfinance, the African Media Association Malta (AMAM), the General Workers Union, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Third Country Nationals Unit among others.

Following welcome coffees and registration, The Round Table meeting will start with an introduction to the project "Working Roma" and a presentation of the agenda followed by a presentation of the participants. Discussions regarding the following topics will then commence:
• Access to immigrants in the labour market
• Training and education of immigrants
• Skills and competences for Immigrants
• Fight against undeclared work
• Promotion of Entrepreneurship
• Micro loans for small - scale business development
• Subsidised jobs

The Local Action Group will then be introduced and remaining time will allow for questions and answers. For further information, please contact Fjoralba Kodrasi at fjoralba.kodrasi@fopsim.eu or call on +356 2339 0137

About the Working Roma Project

Working Roma covers a duration of 24 months starting from the 1st of January 2016 under the Justice Programme and expects to provide new tools based on the exchange of best practices to prevent any form of intolerance in the labour market for the Roma population, involving social, political and economic stakeholders. The project will work to improve training of professionals regarding vulnerable groups, and increase employment statistics of minorities, achieve a better understanding of ongoing procedures, promote policy debate at a national and European level, conduct research on existing procedures and ensure greater awareness among the public about peaceful coexistence, tolerance and non-discriminatory behaviour.

Project Objectives:

• To establish networks of diverse stakeholders including government, civil society, education (formal and non-formal), media, industry and more
• To develop the exchange and transfer of good practices carried out in different European cities and implement outreach activities that promote multiculturalism in the workplace
• Promote the expansion of employment opportunities for the gipsy population and promote training activities for trainers, social workers and mediators regarding discrimination
• To raise awareness on issues of racism and xenophobia, and harmonise the approach at a European level to improve the identification and protection of the gipsy population in vulnerable situations in the workplace
• Supporting the exchange and cooperation between different European cities, for an effective fight against racism
• To empower the Roma population, by ethnicity suffer employment discrimination, supporting them in defending their rights
• To increase awareness among the stakeholder and the different actors of public government or civil society of its responsibility in the fight against discrimination based on ethnic and stereotyped behaviours

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SPIN workshop on social inclusion through sports

FOPSIM organised a workshop on social inclusion through sport at Tarxien Middle School on the 6th of November, 2015. During the workshop, the main upcoming activities of the project were presented, the project was explained and information about the karate course disseminated.

About 100 participants were present during the workshop, the audience was interested in the project and its activities.

After the workshop about 25 students were interested to join the course.

The next activity as part of he SPIN project will be Karate module organised at Tarxien Middle school. The course will start with the history of martial arts and the importance of this sport, the philosophy behind Karate and will follow by an introduction to kata (formalised sequence of movements which represent various offensive and defensive postures) and kumite (sparring).

At the end of the course, successful participants will be able to take an exam to achieve yellow belt level.

For more information, please contact Diana Arutjunjan at diana@fopsim.eu

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SPIN Conference and Round Table in Alcamo

FOPSIM attended a Conference and Round Table for the SPIN project in Alcamo, Sicily on the 16-17 of September 2015. The event was hosted by the project coordinator - EURO and attended by international partners from Romania, Greece, England, Spain and Malta. The Project Officer responsible for SPIN project monitoring also attended the meeting.

The SPIN project will run for 24 months having started in January 2015. The project is funded by the EU under the Erasmus+ Sport programme and aims to promote the cooperation and the creation of collaborative partnerships in the sport field, by promoting synergies between youth policies and sports with/among local, regional, national, and international stakeholders.

The SPIN project addresses the challenge of social integration of youths with a very real risk of permanent exclusion dwelling in situations of social disadvantage and/ or in foster care at the Juvenile Justice Services. The complexity of the issues affecting young people from the target group requires the preparation of methodologies and tools for social integration arising from the collaborative strategy

During the conference, the SPIN project was presented and each institution made a presentation about their experience and plans for the project implementation. Presentations were followed by a Round Table discussing best practices of the project and future planning for its management.

For more information, please contact Diana Arutjunjan at diana@fopsim.eu

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“Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning”

Collaborative partnerships in the sport field, Kick-off meeting

20nd - 21th April 2015, Palermo, Italy

The kick off meeting of 'S.P.I.N. Sport, Partnership, Inclusion and Network' project funded under the EU programme Erasmus+ Sport was held on the 20th - 21st of April in Palermo (Italy).
The project will be implemented by a consortium of nine partner organizations from different countries (Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom).

The Foundation for the Promotion of Social inclusion in Malta represents the Maltese partner of the consortium implementing the S.P.I.N project.

S.P.I.N. aims to promote the cooperation and the creation of collaborative partnerships in the field of sport, by promoting synergies between youth policies and sports with/among local, regional national and international stakeholders.

The use of sport advances cooperation and collaboration as it incorporates values such as self-discipline, respect for one's opponent, fair play, teamwork, and adherence to mutually agree upon rules, which help individuals to build the values and communication skills necessary to bring people together. Sport offer competition without violence, it reduces tensions and prevents conflict on a broader, community-wide level.

During the kick off meeting the participants met for the first time and discussed project management, planned activities and the coming events.

For more information about this project you can visit FOPSIM website or contact Diana Arutjunjan at diana@fopsim.eu

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FOPSIM will be represented in Palermo during the S.P.I.N. kick-of meeting. This project is one of three projects in the area of sport, which FOPSIM is currently implementing in Malta. S.P.I.N. is funded by he EU under the Erasmus+ Sport Programme. The main objective of the project is to promote cooperation and build a long-lasting collaborative partnerships in the field of sport to enhance the social inclusion of young people in disadvantaged situations.

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“Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning”

Joint Staff Training Activity in Malta, November 2015

Between the 16th and 20th of November 2015, FOPSIM hosted all members of the “Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning” project, an Erasmus+ funded project aiming to encourage the inclusion of disabled people, enhance their skills and break the stereotypes associated with disabilities, in order to enable them to enter the workplace.

The joint staff training activities meeting was held at the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector in Valletta. On the first day, the consortium participated in the “Euroguidance Conference 2015 on Entrepreneurship Education” which gave insight into entrepreneurship and was targeted at career advisors.

On the 17th and 18th of November, there were discussions about the project’s progress during its first year and also the next steps to take. Moreover, the consortium members also visited MCAST in Paola to participate in the “Entrepreneurship Opportunities: Accelerate Growth and Job Creation” conference. The event gave some of the project partners the opportunity to introduce their organisation and talk about their best practices of integrating disabled people into the labour market.

Furthermore, between the 19th and 20th of November, the plan for the second year’s dissemination activities was presented and the organisation of the multiplier events was deliberated, paying careful attention to the target groups, programme of activities, speakers and other general requirements.

For more information about the project you can visit the following website http://www.itlerasmus.eu/ or contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu

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“Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union”.

Rural Dear Agenda – European Year of Development 2015, Kick-off meeting

14th – 15th May, Valladolid, Spain

 

The Municipality of Valladolid hosted the Kick-off meeting for the Rural Dear Agenda – European Year of Development 2015 project. The project aims to involve different actors in the field of development education through awareness raising activities so as to engage sections of both public and private sector, including little populations from rural areas.

On 14th – 15th of May an international team drawn up by seven European partners (Italy, Malta, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus and Spain) attended the meeting together with the coordinator of the project – the Municipality of Valladolid – and the technical Spanish partner. The University of Valladolid will act indeed as Experts on DEAR – Development Education and Awareness Raising, for better diagnosis and evaluation of the project.

Fopsim, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social inclusion in Malta represented the Maltese partner of the consortium.

The Rural Dear Agenda – European Year of Development 2015 project is being designed to test and promote a participatory model of DEAR for rural municipalities, with inclusive, innovative and effective strategies and action lines to be launched for EYD 2015. The Agenda operates in two levels: Local Authorities in rural areas and the population of those municipalities.

During the meeting, the participants discussed theoretical and built upon practical concepts, methods, tools, policies, and examples (e.g. they  shared and solved doubts about the project, defined next steps to do, clarified the task and responsibilities for every partner). They also had the first idea of the socioeconomic situation of every participation region together with the DEAR stakeholders in every region and had a first knowledge about the Rural Dear initiatives in the Valladolid province and around it.

One of the most discussed topic was the Development Education (DE) through the Segovian experience. A grant for raise DE initiative was given by the Provincial government of Segovia and from 2013 various NGOs are working together engaging also activities from different agents carrying out advocacy and awareness. This is the case of the technicians of the Centers for Social Action (CEAS). During these two years a lot of trainings and several workshops of different types with a varied, broad and heterogeneous public of different ages were held. The line of action was held on two levels: the first was about formal education, with workshops in schools and Primary Education and the second about non-formal education, with workshops in different towns customised for adult audiences.

In coordination with the province of Segovia government, the non-formal education sector developed workshops, with the most notable “The world through his eyes” workshop. This workshop was taught in four towns of the province and lasted for two days with two hours of work each day. It had several phases such as: explaining the world situation, the need of the development cooperation; providing basic understandings of photographic techniques; presentation and comparison of the photos and “the reflection on the images” through an exhibition, so as to sensitize a large number of people. The main objectives were to reach basic knowledge about the development cooperation; to understand the differences and the similarities in lifestyle of those who live in distant locations while understanding the cause of those lifestyles and to encourage empathy. 

Workshops in the formal education were carried out in two Rural Group Center in five locations, lasting an hour and a half, and addressing different topics such as Human Rights, Millennium Development Goals, Fair Trade and Responsible Consumption. In these workshops teachers were involved and different kinds of activities such as informational, socio-emotional and roll-playing activities were carried out in order to encourage empathy and critical reflection. Emphasizing in Fair Trade and Responsible Consumption is really important, since children of this age begin to be active consumers and is also necessary to explain other alternatives to traditional trade such as fair trade. Hence, in a playful and interactive way (through video projections, questions and answers, and lunch with fair trade products) they could reflect and absorb ideas about the themes visualized.

The goal set for the meeting was to present what the development cooperation is about and what NGOs involved in are dealing with. One of the most important objectives was to provide citizens the knowledge on how people live elsewhere and acknowledge the responsibility for the construction of a more right and equitable world.

For more information about this project you can contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu

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“Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union”.

Rural Dear Agenda – European Year of Development 2015, Kick-off meeting

14th – 15th May, Valladolid, Spain

 

The theme of the Rural DEAR Agenda - EYD 2015 project give to EU partners involved the opportunity to consider about development education and awareness raising activities that will engage various sections of the public, including little populations from rural areas. The kick-off meeting of the project will be held on 14th – 15th of May in Valladolid, Spain and will be implemented by a consortium of eight partners from different countries (Italy, Malta, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus and Spain).

Fopsim, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social inclusion in Malta will represent the Maltese partner of the consortium of the project.

This project aims to develop, test and promote a participatory model of DEAR (Development education and awareness raising) for rural municipalities, with inclusive, innovative and effective strategies and action lines to be launched for EYD 2015. The Agenda will operate at two levels: Local Authorities in rural areas and the population of those municipalities.

At this point, international partnership is essential in order to draw up a proper strategy, integrating different perspectives and experiences on DE from each context.

The main objectives of the meeting are to share and solve doubts about the project, to define the next steps and to clarify the task and responsibilities of each partner. Furthermore, at this event, partners will have the first idea of the socioeconomic situation of every participant region, and the DEAR stakeholders in every region, as well as, the first knowledge about the rural DEAR initiatives in the Valladolid province.

This kick-off meeting will serve as an opportunity for all partners to meet and work together on this project by presenting the demo sites and establishing the next steps.

 

For more information about this project you can contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu.

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People with Disabilities and Labour Market: Destroying the Barriers

Integration through Learning Project, Kick-off meeting

14th-15th November, Reus, Spain

On the 14th-15th of November 2014 in Reus, Spain, the kick off meeting of “Integration of People with Disabilities through learning” project was held. The project will be implemented by a consortium of seven partner organisations from different countries (Spain, Malta, Italy, Greece, Poland, Latvia and Turkey).

Fopsim, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social inclusion in Malta, represents the Maltese partner of the consortium implementing this commendable project.

The project addresses the challenges of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 which aims to encourage inclusiveness of disabled people and raise their employability through professional and vocational education.                                 

Nowadays people with disabilities (80 million in Europe) are often excluded from the labour market, and are at risk of poverty and suffer from social exclusion. Many are the barriers: environmental, professional and ethical.

Integration through Learning is going to tackle such obstacles through a holistic approach. The key actions of the project are: cooperation to exchange good practices in the area of social labour inclusion and development of a training course to increase employability of young people with disabilities.

In order to achieve such important objectives, the project should, first of all, boost the raise of awareness of the subject. With this aim, the partners have established to produce recommendations for NGOs on how to provide a smoother transition of disabled people from education to working place. Furthermore campaigns, open-doors days and round tables will be organised and a website will be set up to disseminate the project findings to disabled people, their organisations, educational establishment and companies.

The kick-off meeting served as an opportunity for all partners to meet for the first time, for the demo sites to be presented and for the next steps to be established. 

For more information about this project you can visit FOPSIM website or contact Maria Limongelli at maria@fopsim.eu.

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“Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning”

An Erasmus+ funded project to promote barrier-free accessibility and inclusion in the labour market

   

 

Contact Name     Maria Limongelli, Project Officer

Organisation        Fopsim 

Phone Number   (00356) 21 418 756

E-mail            maria@fopsim.eu   

Fopsim, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social inclusion in Malta, is part of a consortium implementing a project of the utmost importance, “Integration of People with Disabilities through learning” (Integration through Learning). The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ project will be held in November, 13-16 2014 in Reus, Spain. The project aims to address the challenges of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and of the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities. People with disabilities are excluded from the labour market and are at risk of poverty and suffer from social exclusion. Many are the barriers: environmental, professional and ethical, that obstruct their role as full and active citizens. Integration through Learning is going to tackle such obstacles in order to promote awareness on the subject, encourage inclusiveness of this marginalised group and raise employability through professional and vocational education of disabled people.

The consortium will be providing, thanks to the diversification and experience of its actors, a holistic approach to such an urgent matter. 80 millions are the European citizens following under such a category and their active participation in the labour market would contribute to a high extent to the employment needs of the Union[i]. The productive role of people with physical or mental impairments is underestimated both by decision-makers and employers. Disabled people have few opportunities to raise their professional competences. Additionally, environmental barriers and societal attitudes towards their situation lower their inclusiveness.

The different disadvantages are going to be specifically addressed by the organisations involved in this project. The Federation Mestral Cocemfe Tarragona (Spain), project coordinator, will be responsible for research and development of disability ethic module. Joint staff training and coordination of pilot projects at educational centres will be supervised by one of the Universities involved in the consortium, namely Adiyaman University (Turkey), which has a disability unit that plans and implements services for the needs of people with disabilities. Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu I Naku o Zdrowiu(Poland), a higher education institution that offers high quality curriculum providing practical and theoretical skills training to disabled people, will be ensuring quality standard to the education processes of the project. The measures that will improve competences and promote inclusiveness will be specifically addressing various types of impairment. The Turin Institute of Deaf brings to the consortium the expertise to involve and train people with hearing related disabilities, the Greek partners, Sillogos Goneon & Kidemonon Sholeion “ELPIDA” will apply the training and develop programme for mental and intellectual disabilities, while Apeirons organise activities and training for visual impairments.

The Maltese Foundation, FOPSIM, highly experienced in International projects promoting inclusiveness, involving NGOs and associations to raise employability through vocational education and policy-makers engagement, is going to be responsible for the elaboration of the recommendations to external institutions to be involved and provide overall project evaluation. FOPSIM developed extensive experience first-hand, the understanding of the problematic conditions of marginalised groups. It will contribute to the educational establishments but its main added value is going to be its practical expertise in ensuring adherence to plan and agreed targets.   

 

[i] Full report available here.

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New Media Literacy for Media Professionals - Seminar

A seminar entitled ‘ New Media Literacy for Media Professionals ‘ will be held on Thursday 26th June at 2pm at St James Cavalier in Valletta. The seminar will discuss the outcome of a two year project  that the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion,  better known as FOPSIM, participated in together with a consortium made up of the  School for Communication and Media (Slovakia),  together with Videovest(Romania) and the Media 21 Foundation (Bulgaria).

The main aim of the partnership was to nourish the quality of media and communication in the  European  public  sphere and  the strengthening of skills by established media and communication  professionals.  Throughout the meetings held in each country, many professionals both from traditional and new media came together and analysed how the media landscape is evolving. Students were also given the opportunity to participate in meetings held in their respective countries and also travel to meetings in partner countries.

This final meeting will address the achievements of this project whilst offering also a platform for discussion of how new media is affecting the journalistic profession, and the audience. The meeting will be addressed by Maria Limongelli, Project manager together with Joyce Grech and Rosemarie Dorekens, both journalists who have researched different aspects of new media in their academic studies and also participated in the meetings held in Malta and overseas.

Journalists together with media contributors, academics and students are being invited to attend this seminar. The programme will consist of presentations together with discussion, networking, and Q&A. Refreshments will be served.

Entrance is free of charge, but booking is recommended. For more details kindly contact

Ms Maria Limongelli

24, Triq il-Kbira, Zejtun, Malta

Direct Telephone: (00356) 20106426
Email: maria@fopsim.eu

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BRATISLAVA SEMINAR May 29-30, 2014

 NEW MEDIA LITERACY FOR JOURNALISTS

 Place: OSF, Baštová street (near Michalská Tower)

May 29, 2014

Introduction: Dr. Andrej Školkay  (9:10-9:15)

PANEL 1      9:15-12:45

LUNCH  12:45-13:15

 PANEL 2     13:15-15:00

City Sightseeing 16:00-17:00 (by a certified tourist guide Katarína)                   

Dinner: 19:00, place TBA

Programme supported by Leonardo da Vinci Programme, 2012-2014. Activity 123410472

BRATISLAVA SEMINAR

 NEW MEDIA LITERACY FOR JOURNALISTS

May 30, 2014, Place: OSF, Baštová street

 PANEL 3   9:00-12:45

Lunch  12:45-13:15

Awarding Certificates + Final Meeting of NewMediaLit Steering Board 13:15-14:00

Programme supported by Leonardo da Vinci Programme, 2012-2014. Activity 123410472

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Leonardo da Vinci Project

Life Long Learning Programme, Sector “Partnerships”

Project: “New Media Literacy for Media Professionals”

Reg. N 2012-1-SK-1-LEO04 – 04370 6

 

 

Second Training Seminar: ”Web 3.0: Media Skills, Democratic Citizenship and Digital Education”

Sofia, 27 – 28 March 2014

The seminar will take place in the conference hall of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists, Graf Ignatiev 4 str on March 27 from 9.00 until 17.00 and at the Bulgaria-Korea IT Cooperation Center Internet Plaza at the Ministry of Transport, IT& Communications (MTITC), Gourko 6 str. (the Central Post Office)
                                           on March 28 from 9.00 until 13.00.

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Malta, 30th January 2014

European Medieval Sports and Street Games Network (Ga.M.E.S.Net)

FOPSIM (Malta) will be participating in a new EU funded project called European Medieval Sports & Street Games Network which aims at promoting traditional sports and Games. This project intends to focus on the historical and cultural common origin of these traditional sports and games in Europe as they are considered to represent a fundamental part of the intangible territorial heritage. One of the main activities that will be held through this project is called ‘European GAMES Days’ in Narni, a medieval center of Umbria which has a strong tradition of sports and games. Furthermore, through ‘Ga.M.E.S.Net’ a website will be developed to involve as many participants as possible and to ensure the sustainability of the project.

FOPSIM will be promoting three traditional Maltese games within this project, including: ‘Passju’, ‘Bocci’ and ‘Cippitatu’. Through these activities ‘Ga.M.E.S.Net’ creates a direct connection between past and future, between tradition and innovation, allowing Europeans to find new opportunities to enhance these traditional sports and games. ‘Ga.M.E.S.Net’ will be launched in May 2014 with the Kick off meeting in Perugia, Italy.

 

New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project: Training Session, Waterfront Hotel, Gzira 19th November 2013

A new Training Session called ‘New Media Literacy for Media Professionals’ was held at the Waterfront Hotel in Gzira on 19th of November 2013 and organized by Fopsim, Foundation for The Promotional of Social Inclusion in Malta. Fopsim’s mission is to promote employment, social solidarity and youth issues to achieve advancement in the transition towards a more equitable society. The project aims to explore and promote challenges of the Information and Communication Technology and new media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flicker, Google +, as sources of information for media and communication professional and also to improve quality of media and communication in Malta and in the European public sphere. The two training sessions started at 9:00, were moderate by Joyce Grech, a local Maltese journalist. The first one was for media and communication students, while the second one was properly designed for media professionals. All the participants discussed together about the use of social media in Malta, Facebook and Twitter mostly, share fast and quickly news on the new tools, on the civic journalism and ethics in the on-line media. Furthermore all the attendants talked about social media audience in Malta: age, gender, level of education, level of interest, habits, time of the day, consumptions of more than one type of media. According to the journalist Facebook in Malta is more used by people between 25 – 35 years old, the second large group is the one between 18 – 24 of which 51% of those are male the other 49 are female. Even according to the information that Joyce Grech collected, Maltese people use Facebook more than Twitter and other social tools. After many interventions of different participants Mrs Rose Marie Dorekens discussed her final master’s thesis on the role of Twitter in media and communication professionals showing that Twitter in Malta is a new social tool less used than the other ones. This new communication tool is perceived from the Maltese society as an individual and personal means of communication rather than a great opportunity to share immediately the information and see it as an useful tool to know news in a faster way. The Training Session was a huge and great opportunity for all the Maltese professionals to share their experience and analyze the current status of the art regarding the Information and Communication Technology in the Media Professional.

 

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New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project: Seminar in Romania 5-7 September 2013

The first seminar for the New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project was held in Timisoara, Romania from the 5th to the 7th of September 2013. This event brought together media professionals including journalists, video specialists, media researchers, media professors, and freelance reporters from Slovakia, Romania, Malta and Bulgaria to discuss and analyze the impact of online new media services on media professionals. The participants had the opportunity to consider a range of topics, namely online tools, online media ethics, regulation of media services and investigative journalism on the internet. The next seminar will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in March 2014 and this will build on the achievements of the seminar in Timisoara.

 

 
Past Events
28th September 2006
Kick-off Conference
Sustaining Disadvantaged People in their Professional Carrier
 
Between the 28th and the 30th of September a conference will be held in Malta as part of an EU project where five different countries including Malta are taking part. This is a project co-financed by GRUNDTVIG programme. This programme aims to improve the quality and strengthen the European dimension of adult education of a non-vocational nature by means of European cooperation activities of various kinds, thereby helping to make better lifelong learning opportunities more widely available to Europe's citizens. The conference in Malta will launch this project of duration of one year. This will take place at Mount St. Joseph in Mosta. Romania, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Malta are coming together for this project. FOPSIM is the Maltese organisation participating and which will be responsible to host this conference where 14 persons will be participating (8 from the foreign countries and 6 from Malta) will take part.

 
25th August 2006
Thessaloniki Youth Exchange 2006� E.U. Programme

Proceedings Report

First Day � Friday 25th August

Upon arrival at the hotel (Kinissi Palace 4 star) we settled ourselves in our rooms and proceeded on a familiarization tour of the surrounding area.

We (the Maltese group consisting of 3 youths) arrived one day before all the other participants, so we had more time to relax from the trip from Malta. That meant we had also much more time for shopping!!

In the evening we met with Elias, the project leader, and the group of Greek participants, and together we went for some delicious traditional Greek dinner at Ouzou Melathron Diner. This restaurant, situated in the heart of the town, offers a typical Mediterranean atmosphere and it has a style of its own. Here we started sharing our different cultures and traditions. One particular Greek tradition we will never forget is that they started making fun of the fact that we did not share our main course with them. In Malta we usually share the appetizers and maybe the starters, but not the main dish. Of course, we did not want to act differently or impolite, so we started sharing everything we had. We also noticed that they do not socialize as soon as they meet, unlike most of us the Maltese. In fact they kept on speaking in Greek in front of us, whilst we were speaking in English, so that they could understand everything that we say. This gave us a lesson. We should keep our traditions, stay the way we are. I believe that is a very important thing that many Maltese still have to learn. However, this was an excellent night and a very relaxing one, accompanied by light Greek music played by the violin and the famous bouzouki.

 

Day Two - Saturday 26th August

Me, Maria and Antonella went to Kriopigi Beach in Halkidiki, with Elias (the project leader).

Evening: Dinner at the Hotel

The other participants still did not arrive at that time. So we decided to go out and have some drinks in one of the main squares in thessaloniki. Our choice was Mojo Bar.

 

Day Three - Sunday 27th August

Okay, so now all the other participants (except for the Bulgarians) had arrived. The guys from Sofia arrived later in the evening.

Therefore this was actually the official kick-off of the Program. After we had breakfast, we met together in the Conference room. This was the first opportunity for all of us to familiarize with each other as a group.

Workshop: Student Mobility in European countries.
The whole group was divided in three groups, in order to discuss the following aspects of this issue:

  • Why and for what reasons do youths leave their homeland to another country for a long period?
  • Advantages of Youth Mobility
  • Disadvantages of Mobility

During this interesting workshop we sat beside a round-table and after we discussed our topic, we prepared interactive and colourful charts, full of related pictures cut from various magazines and newspapers. Then, a small presentation was delivered to the others groups.

Afternoon: Shopping at the town centre

4 pm onwards --- Visit at the Panorama Fitness Centre
> swimming in the Outdoor pool
The climax of the evening was reached by the Intercultural Party, which we (the Maltese) were eagerly waiting for. And we had very good reasons for that. Guess why?
We were so much prepared for this night. Our food presentation was strongly vast. On our Maltese table we had bigilla, water crackers, stuffed olives, gozitan cheese, honey ring, wine, cisk lager, traditional liqeur, our famous Kinnie etc�

It was an excellent night and we all enjoyed ourselves, tasting each other�s food and drinking wine in a festive atmosphere. And I have to say, they all said �� and the 12 points go to Malta!!� � that made so proud to say I�m Maltese. Viva Malta!!

Late evening: Dancing in a Greek music-playing club with the Spanish in town centre.

 

Day Four - Monday 28th August

After a very long journey by bus, we arrived in Kalithea Beach, where we drank Frappe in typical Greek relaxing atmosphere.

Late Afternoon: This time of the day was dedicated to shopping of souvenirs and other stuff.

Evening: dances, jokes, games etc in the hotel (in the Greek participants� room).

Late Night: Boat trip on Arabela around the Thessaloniki Harbour. Rock music played on the pirate style boat.

 

Day Five - Tuesday 29th August

Morning: Meeting

The informal meeting at the town centre was followed by shopping from the market.

Later in the afternoon, when almost everyone was having a siesta, I decided to go to the cinema with two of the four Estonian participants (Maria and Tatiana). We watched Pirates of the Caribbean 2. Funny movie! Not my style but still I loved it!

Evening: Typical nightlife at Mousses: one of Greek�s typical Bouzoukas, famous for flowers-throwing in a chanting atmosphere. Lovely girls, traditional and club music, dancing � and oohh � I shouldn�t forget to say � very high prices by the bar. Just to give you a hint, I had to pay 20 euros for two bottles of beer!!

 

Day Six - Wed 30th August

This was probably the busiest day of our project.

Morning: Meeting / Informal lecture at the Youth Secretariat of E.U. in Greece.

Visit at the Archeological Museum

Visit at the White Tower

Evening: Everybody gave a presentation on their respective country. Once again, proudly we say that we were the most prepared group, having armed ourselves with powerpoint presentation, leaflets, dvds� On the other hand, some of the other participants were careless to give their atmost. But that was their problem, not ours. We were proud for ourselves and of our precious mother Island Malta.


Day 7 - Thurs 31st August (Last Day for the Maltese trio)

Everything in life must come to an end.
Since we arrived before all the others, we also had to leave before them. That was the end of our great experience, which we all agreed, we will never forget.

We had a very warm goodbye from the other participants in the hotel reception.

 

Friday 1st September / 8.30 am:

Back to Malta. Home sweet home.

Thankyou very much for everything. Hope we have another opportunity next time.

Article by Keith Buttigieg