Polish-Maltese Collaboration in the Area of Special Needs Education

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 24, 2018

On the 18th October, Ambassador John Paul Grech was invited to deliver a guest address on the occasion of the 40th anniversary since the foundation of the Complex of Special Schools in Slupia, Kepno.

The event – attended by the Mayor and other municipal and national authorities – included video clips by Polish media and sports celebrities who highlighted the importance of support and solidarity towards this unifying social cause.

A Polish-Maltese collaboration has been flourishing between the Complex of Special Schools in Slupia, Kepno and the Guardian Angel Secondary Education Resource Centre in Hamrun, Malta.  What started with a one-day visit of representatives from the Guardian Angel Secondary Education Resource Centre in Hamrun to the Complex of Special Schools in Kepno with a view to exchange views and share lessons learnt, transformed into an established cooperation.  Both institutions are presently working on a joint-project financed by Erasmus plus.

The Head of the Guardian Angel Secondary Education Resource Centre in Hamrun, Mr. Randall Cilia, travelled to Kepno to participate in this event.

In his address, Ambassador Grech referred to the sense of purpose as well as the untiring dedication and courage which educators from both institutions contribute to the well-being of the students entrusted to their care.

In her address, the Director of the Complex of Special Schools in Slupia, Mdme. Beata Lebek, referred to the upcoming performance of the ‘Messa da Requiem’ – coming in eight movements for choir, soloists and orchestra, by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble - a 45-piece orchestra from Malta.  The ‘Messa da Requiem’ -  composed by Maltese Maestro Chev. Mark Agius, who leads the orchestra - will be held in Kepno on the 6th November.

This performance is being specifically put together, inter alia, for an audience of students with special needs, assisted by their parents, family, relatives and friends.  Such initiatives are in line with the Orchestra’s primary objectives, namely to make music of the highest calibre accessible to persons with limited access to such performances, while also working towards promoting Malta’s vision as a hub of cultural and educational activity, particularly in the Euro-Mediterranean region. 

The St. Paul’s Chamber Ensemble will give two other performances for wider audiences in Poland.  These will take place in Kalisz (7th November) and in Poznan (9th November), respectively.

The three performances are a joint collaboration between the Embassy of Malta in Warsaw, the Malta Tourism Authority, the Zespol Szkol Specjalnych in Slupia and the Apertus Association and the Medina Foundation for Music in Malta.​