The Children in Need Foundation Sponsors Inspire’s Learning Centre

Whilst The Inspire Foundation is most known for its work with children and adults with disabilities, the NGO recently announced the opening of a learning centre with a difference. “This centre will cater for people with specific and non-specific learning difficulties, but who do not necessarily have a disability,” explained Inspire’s COO, Antonello Gauci.

A learning difficulty affects the way a person learns new things and processes information. It may also affect the way an individual communicates. Although a learning difficulty is not necessarily a disability, without the proper support, a child will miss out on educational milestones and may face difficulties later on in life.

Inspire’s Learning Centre will be entirely focused on supporting children and young adults to cope with and overcome various learning difficulties with special emphasis on literacy and numeracy difficulties, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. It will help them through personalised / multisensory intervention and through group / individual sessions delivered by qualified and experienced tutors. These will either take place at the students’ homes or at The Inspire Learning Centre itself.

Mr Gauci also added that workshops and seminars will also be held to train parents and educators to cope with dealing with children facing such difficulties.

“We are so grateful to the Children in Need Foundation. The Learning Centre became a reality through its very generous funding raised during the Sardinia to Malta Rowing Challenge 2, in 2013,” explained Mr Gauci.

Mr Daniel Abela, Founder of The Children in Need Foundation, who also took part in the rowing challenge said that, “The Foundation is all about helping children that, through no fault of their own, have to face challenges. It is our role and responsibility as carers and guardians to go to any length to assist these children face these challenges. Inspire does a sterling job in trying to prepare these children for the world out there and the Foundation has therefore decided to sponsor this educational centre, which is a first for Malta. I believe that, in the hands of Inspire, it will prove to be a great tool and asset and will help children with such learning difficulties.”

The Minister for Education and Employment, Evarist Bartolo also thanked the Foundation for their invaluable work towards helping families and children overcome such challenges. He said. “Children are the responsibility of each and every one of us, not only parents and educators. They are the responsibility of the Government, the State, the whole community. I consider it criminal to deprive any child from a proper education, regardless of their natural abilities. In the past, we might have failed children with different abilities because we didn’t know any better or didn’t have the resources to address such issues. But now it is high time that we address illiteracy, absenteeism and early school dropouts. We need to do whatever it takes to give every child the best possible chance to learn and it is our responsibility to determine how a child learns and to make it easier for him or her. This Centre is a great step in that direction and will provide for the most vulnerable group that are most likely to fall by the wayside of education. It is thanks to projects such as these, the people who fund them and the experts who run them, that we can keep on improving our educational system, and in turn our whole society.”

For more information about The Inspire Learning Centre please contact Ms. Charlene Borg on 20928100 ext 120 or Charlene.borg@inspire.org.mt