On Friday 28 th April, 2017, Chris Agius, Parliament Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport announced the official launch of the ‘Footballers Read and Write Programme’/ ‘Bil-Qari u l-Kitba Niskorja’, a partnership between the Secretariat for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport and the National Literacy Agency within the Ministry for Education and Employment.
The Footballers Read and Write Programme (FRWP) is a football and literacy programme which offers upper primary state school students in the Maltese Islands an opportunity to participate in the game of football and reading and writing activities related to this sports. FRWP aims to use the passion and enthusiasm for football to inspire a love of reading and writing amongst students who have this game at heart. Particularly, it will have a strong appeal to those boys who are reluctant to read and write in Maltese and English during
their primary school years.
Professional coaches and literacy educators will be present in primary state schools taking part in this programme to promote the physical activity and excitement of the football game. The adults participating in this programme will make an extremely valuable contribution to the work of ensuring that all boys and girls will succeed as readers, writers and learners.
FRWP was inspired by the ‘Premier League Reading Stars’ (PLRS) in UK; a programme organised by the National Literacy Trust, Premier League and the British Council. In Malta, the programme will be supported by the Malta Football Association (MFA) and Sport Malta.