Pictured above: Marie-Therese Camilleri, Tutor and Co-ordinator of the ESU Arm of Support programme together with the students from the Zabbar Primary School A
The Vodafone Malta Foundation is supporting the English Speaking Union (ESU) of Malta, an international educational charity with the aim of strenghtening the use of the English Language in Malta. This will eventually support the main pillars of the country’s economy, all of which depend on good quality English.
“We would like to welcome the Vodafone Foundation as our latest corporate sponsor,” said John De Giorgio, ESU Malta Chairman. “ESU Malta remains faithful to its fundamental aim to strengthen the use of the English language in Malta and Gozo. We believe that, given the international exposure of so many sectors of the Maltese economy, improving the capacity of the Maltese to speak English is an important competitive advantage while maintaining our Maltese language skills.”
ESU Malta runs programmes in Schools and Universities while providing corporate and individual English education in the form of English conversation, writing and public speaking courses. With the begenning of the new academic year, many ESU Malta projects started being provided and these include the Public Speaking Programme, the Debating Programme and the newly expanded Arm of Support Programme, where over 420 children from the Żabbar Primary School will be exposed to the English Language in a play environment. ‘Discover Your Voice’, is a new programme launched earlier this month and offered to all secondary schools and it has the aim to develop future orators among Malta’s younger generation. Almost 1,500 children will be benefitting from this programme in the first term of this scholastic year.
“The Vodafone Malta Foundation supports initiatives that integrate the Maltese more fully in society and we feel that ESU Malta’s commitment, especially through its Arm of Support programme falls in line with the various projects the Vodafone foundation backs,” said Gemma Mifsud Bonnici, Chairperson of the Vodafone Malta Foundation. “The Vodafone Malta Foundation, like ESU, recognises the need for individuals to have access to technology and new media, as well as the ability to speak their voice and deliver messages in clear and persuasive ways.”
For further information about the work of the ESU in Malta, or to join its volunteer programme visit www.esumalta.org.