February 14, 2019 All day
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has launched its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme on Wednesday 13 February at MCAST Main Campus, Paola. The aim of the programme is to provide MCAST learners with the opportunity to enhance their studies with life-enriching experiences that add value to their holistic knowledge base.
The programme will bring MCAST together with non-governmental stakeholders to form key partnerships in an effort to develop and cultivate skills, attitudes and values that enhance society and the environment. Areas of cooperation include entrepreneurship, creative and performing arts, sport, and voluntary work in the cultural sector. MCAST CSR will also provide a framework for all college learners to have the knowledge and skills acquired through the programme, recognised and accredited within their formal programme of studies. MCAST is committed to empowering its young and adult learners to become active and employable citizens that contribute to Malta’s dynamic democratic society and economy.
The Strategic Objectives of MCAST CSR are as follows:
- To cultivate student engagement and motivation;
- To promote high aspirations in learning;
- To accredit and certify experiential and work-based learning;
- To strengthen the links between the words of education, work and active citizenship.
The launch was addressed by the Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations Dr Clifton Grima. The Chairman of the MCAST Board of Governors Frederick Schembri and MCAST CEO and Principal Prof James Calleja, also addressed students and staff present.
MCAST lecturer Juan Debono and MCAST student Jesmar Frendo shared their experiences in voluntary organisations, whilst Morten Bo Andersen, from Danish NGO Game, encouraged the MCAST community to embrace CSR.
Local NGO MOVE organised a number of fun activities on campus as part of the CSR programme launch whearas a number of local NGOs were also present.