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The Paulo Freire Institute has just launched the digital version of its literacy project Iċ-Ċavetta.

Funded by the Vodafone Malta Foundation, Iċ-Ċavetta - Maltese Literacy Toolkit for Employment and Education Inclusion offers a combination of Maltese literacy skills, work values and computer orientation skills to young people and adults facing social exclusion and employment challenges.

The toolkit, which took two years to prepare, is structured as a course and contains a series of 32 interactive activities. It takes the user from elementary to advanced level, allowing them to acquire basic reading and writing skills in Maltese. They can access it online or offline, at their desk and even on the go, thanks to an app available in Android and iOS versions.

Iċ-Ċavetta is currently the only existing tool for basic Maltese literacy. It is based on a series of textbooks published since 2008 by the Paulo Freire Institute, and is the fruit of many years of NGO work in the field of adult education and literacy.

According to the latest census (2011), in Malta there are about 24,000 people who are unable to read and write.

“These people tend to stay on the sidelines and may never fully participate in Maltese and European society. Their employment prospects are hence diminished. Illiteracy makes people more vulnerable and prone to exploitation by others," said Fr. Edgar Busuttil SJ, director of the Institute.

“We are confident that this app will be of great help to those adults and young people who, for one reason or another, have difficulty reading and writing. By so doing, they are encouraged to participate more fully in Maltese society.

Here is a video explaining the project.

Zejtun's Paulo Freire Institute is a Jesuit NGO active in the fields of literacy promotion and community development.

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