The Ministry of Education in Malta has launched a new policy to promote bilingualism in primary schools.
The document provides direction and support in the use and teaching of both Maltese and English in school curricula.
“This is an important document that builds on work that has been done in recent years and highlights the importance of languages and how they provide many opportunities for children and young people, facilitate development and contribute to society,” said Education Minister Clifton Grima.
He also emphasised the need to strengthen the Maltese language and national identity.
The policy is based on the recommendations of the Ministerial Committee on Language Policy in Education, after a thorough public consultation process.
Professor Charles L. Mifsud, Chairperson of the Language Policy in Education Committee, highlighted the need for a clear language curriculum during primary years in order to ensure effective intercultural and international communication.
“Language as the most important means of communication and essential for our country to develop in all areas of life: economically, socially, in education and innovation, is the basis of this document,” he stressed.