Illiteracy is complex and needs to be tackled holistically.
We try to:
of each and every individual; especially the vulnerable and excluded in society.
Three interrelated approaches
community social work
On a community level our projects, are designed to meet the needs of children (especially those with learning difficulties, and difficult social and emotional backgrounds), their parents, unemployed persons and other groups with varied social needs in the neighbourhood.
Most of the Institute’s projects are run by volunteers and are offered free of charge.
A special project: Emotional literacy
During these last two years, PFI has been focussing on a special project, namely to help children of school age with emotional problems. However, it is very apparent that such a project needs a professional approach and cannot rely on volunteers. For this reason PFI is constantly seeking funds to cover professional fees for a regular service. It is the aim of PFI to help families who cannot afford to pay to receive such services.
Lifelong Learning Programme
Since March 2005 the Paulo Freire Institute has participated in the Community-based Lifelong Learning Programme. In this project PFI is partner to the Zejtun Local Council and the Directorate of Life Long Learning (DLLL). Further educational activities are organised from time to time such as:
Computer awareness courses;
A course in basic Maltese and English.
Thinking skills & empowerment
Apart from the formal literacy sessions for children, youths and elder citizens PFI is engaged in the following activities:
Social and Community Work in collaboration with Agenzija Appogg
Homework coaching for children with the help of parents and volunteers
PFI forms part of the Social Network entitled LEAP! since 2014. LEAP! is under the auspices of the ministry of Family and Social Solidarity (MFSS). The network brings together NGOs and Public Services to combat social exclusion and eradicate poverty through training and hands on activities. LEAP! is a family resource centre to strengthen communities through education and empowerment. LEAP! has divided Malta into regions and PFI forms part of the South Eastern Regional Network (SERN).