Write Deal Association

U Għexu Kuntenti Għal Dejjem ... And They Lived Happily Ever After

INTRODUZZJONI

Write Deal Association is an NGO that was formed in 2011 and is made up of a group of artistic professionals hailing from different artistic backgrounds (script-writers, researchers, story-board artists, composers, designers, animators, graphic designers, modelers and voice talents) who work together to:

  • Raise public and political awareness on social and environmental issues through its audio-visual productions and work.
  • Encourage and enhance the talent of local Maltese audio-visual artists (script-writers, directors, producers, animators, illustrators, composers, editors, sound-effects) and others.
  • Educate and cultivate its members’ talents by supporting them in training in their relevant fields.
  • Support the Maltese language by producing productions (cartoons, films, documentaries, publications, etc) in both the English and the Maltese language.

All this is possible thanks to the NGO’s artistic creativity, professionalism, integrity and inclusiveness.

IMPORTANT

Changing society... One child at a time...

Social and human rights themes should be promoted with children from a young age. Yet traditional fairy-tales, which everyone takes for granted, portray various themes that actually promote the opposite of these important subjects. The problem is that these cartoons are subconciously instilling in children a sense of racism, homophobia and xenophobia, whilst promoting gender inequality, social inequality, poverty and exclusion, amongst many others. All this results in hate-speech and a lack of understanding and tolerance for both when children are young, as well as when they grow up to become young adults and later on active citizens.

Thus, and without losing any of their traditional values and principles, the fairy-tales presented in this site are being re-examined and re-structured.

We believe that we can make a difference!

Last but definitely not least, all the work related with the cartoons has been carried out by local artists.

Training


Earlier on this year, one of the Volunteers of Write Deal Association had the opportunity to attend the training called ‘Managing a Diverse Classroom: Facing Upcoming Challenges’. The training was held in Florence, Italy.


This course was especially created for educators working in diverse classrooms due to the presence of disadvantaged learners, including migrant and immigrant students and children with special educational needs. The training was tailored for participants seeking to learn more about managing effectively heterogeneous children by encouraging participation and achievement for all students using the latest inclusive management teaching methods and tools. In addition, our Volunteer learnt about managing through experiential learning and case studies which encourage reflection, discussion and sharing of good practices regarding the contemporary challenging issues.

During the years, our NGO has consistently developed and produced high-quality interactive ebooks and printed books and publications to promote important social and environmental messages. One of these subjects is diversity. In addition, in a few months time, the NGO will be developing and producing a television children's programme which will be called 'F'Idejna', and which will be free from advertisement. Amongst other subjects, 'F'Idejna' will be tackling diversity. This training was thus especially valid and important as our Volunteer will be in charge of handling a pool of diverse children presenters.

This project has been funded through the Training Initiatives Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.














Last November, one of the Volunteers of Write Deal Association had the opportunity to attend the training called ‘Tablets and Smartphones: Using Mobile Devices as Educational Tools’ organized by Europass Academy. The training was held in Berlin, Germany.


The course was created for participants interested in Technology Enhanced Learning and M-learning. In fact, the participants discovered how laptops, tablets and smartphones can be integrated in educational projects.


During this training course, our Volunteer came up with fresh ideas on how to incorporate technology into our NGO’s new projects. The Volunteer worked in small groups to carry out practical tasks as he learnt how to use software, platforms and apps to communicate, to manage groups and to foster collaboration. The Volunteer also had the chance to experience how learning can be enhanced by using serious technological games and quizzes. Thus and by the end of the course, our Volunteer became more inspired to use ICT tools in a motivating and pedagogical way.

This project has been funded through the Training Initiatives Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.