1.9 Current debates and reforms
The new National Youth Policy Towards 2030 is set to be launched in 2021. As part of the policy formulation process, the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretariat for Sport, Recreation and Voluntary Organisations and the Ministry for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing published a draft document and launched an exercise of policy consultation. A good number of youth organisations and government entities have sent their feedback and exercise of re-drafting is now in progress.
The document has been drafted to be in line with a number of European and international policy documents including The EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027; The CoE Youth Sector Strategy 2030; The Commonwealth Youth Programme; The UN Youth Strategy 2030 and the Union of the Mediterranean Youth Strategy 2030.
The document is expected to continue with the current document’s main aims i.e. to effectively support and encourage young people to fulfill their potential while supporting them through their transition to adulthood by giving a new impetus to innovative youth work services, focused youth research, and quality youth information.
Agenzija Zghazagh is currently in the process of formulating a new Life Skills Programme for young people in Malta. This programme based on non-formal learning methodologies using a youth work approach will be available for all young people between the age of 16-24. These life skills are a set of personal and social skills that can be acquired through education and training, youth work, and non-formal and informal learning and can be used to address issues, questions, and problems commonly encountered in the course of daily human life. The programme will be based on 4 different thematic areas including Interpersonal life-skills (such as Leadership, conflict resolution, and teamwork); Communication life-skills (such as expressing (and listening to) views and opinions, discussing and debating); Cognitive life-skills (such as Critical thinking, reasoned analysis, problem-solving and decision making) and Personal life-skills (such as self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience).
Various stakeholders are being consulted to come up with a strategy that ensures that the life skills acquired by young people through youth work can be identified, and documented, in order to facilitate their assessment and certification through mechanisms for the validation of non-formal and informal learning.