Post Grad Certificate in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools – Graduates
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The Faculty of Education at the University of Malta graduated its first cohort last Thursday, from the Post Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools programme. This certificate in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools accredits the cohort of forty-two teachers to implement the subject of Ethics Education in both primary and secondary schools.
Over the two semesters, the graduants explored topics related to ethical theories, moral and spiritual development, as well as effective pedagogies for teaching Ethics and methods for curriculum planning and assessment of the said subject.
The Ethics Education programme, which was launched in December 2013, is presently being implemented in two colleges – St Clare's College and Maria Regina College. In these colleges, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 pupils attending Sliema and St Paul's Bay primary, and students in Forms 1, 2 and 3 at Pembroke Co-Ed. Middle School and Form 1 and 2 students at Naxxar Co-Ed. Middle School are currently benefitting from the programme.
Next year the subject will be introduced in Year 4 and Form 4. The gradual implementation of the subject, following the syllabi penned by Profs Kenneth Wain, will see the first cohort of students taking their Ethics Education O'level in 2018.
A future national roll-out of the subject in mainstream, state primary and secondary schools is to be introduced provided that human resources and logistical consideration, allow the provision.
The Malta Ethics Teachers Association has been founded by a proactive group of PGC in Teaching Ethics in Schools graduates. Its mission is to organise and support the Ethics teachers in Malta to help guarantee the highest standards in Ethics Education in schools; to support schools in promoting the teaching of Ethics; to provide information and involve parents in the teaching of Ethics in schools; to promote a more open and ethical society through Ethics Education, the promotion of values and the embracing of diversity.
The association holds a 'Non-Profit Making' status and its committee members are Roger Tirazona (Chairperson), Kirby Caruana, who is from Gozo (Vice-Chairperson), Kathleen Micallef (Secretary), Louise Chircop (Treasurer), Joeline Delicata (PRO), Bernardette Mizzi (Primary teacher representative), Lucianne Zammit (Secondary teacher representative), Cindy Chapelle & Jonathan Muscat (Independent School representatives) and Monica Muscat (Committee Member).
In an effort to keep the public informed about the subject of Ethics and its development in schools, META is running a public Facebook page – Ethics Education Malta – where it is envisaged that interesting articles about the subject will be posted.