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Overview

​Skolasajf is a nationwide project organised by the Foundation for Educational Services (FES), offering non-compulsory education during the summer months. Child​ren betw​een 3 and 16 years of age may attend for a programme full of themed activities and outings. The service is offered in variou centres around Malta and Gozo, utilising the premises of primary schools and Resource Centres. Children may opt to attend in the locality of their choice; however each centre offers the same programme of activities according to official guidelines issued by the FES.
 
Skolasajf runs for eight weeks from Monday to Friday, from 08:30 till 12:30 hours. An extended service for working parents is also offered in selected centres, from 07:00 till 08:30 and 12:30pm till 17:30.


When children arrive at the centre they are met by professional staff made up of the centre coordinator, playworkers and child support workers. Children are grouped according to age and children who are certified as having a statement of needs have the added support of a child support worker.

Children attending the Skolasajf programme engage in a structured programme of activities that range from arts and crafts, games and sports, amateur dramatics, storytelling and singing, and cookery. There are also a number of educational talks and outings, organised in collaboration with a number of stakeholders. Each activity and outings is tailored according to the age group of the children.

The theme for the Skolasajf 2017 programme is ‘Education for All’, inspired by the documents bearing the same title, issued by the Ministry for Education and Employment, and by UNESCO. It is a title that guides education professionals to look at education as not just a series of academic achievements, but as the development of competencies in children; competencies which empower children to become independent citizens that contribute to their own growth and that of their community. During Skolasajf the main theme is explored via a number of sub
-themes that help the children to understand and appreciate the theme from various perspectives.