€7000 Raised for Jesuit-run Literacy Project


St Aloysius’ College students and staff presented almost €6,000 to Fr Vince Magri SJ in support of a campaign to raise funds for an adult literacy project called ‘iċ-Ċavetta’. The project, coordinated by the Jesuit-run Paulo Freire Institute in Żejtun, aims to break the barriers of illiteracy for 1000 Maltese men and women, offering free tuition and support. Together with almost €1,000 which was donated online through this website and through other monetary donations, the funds raised have reached the €7,000 mark.

The €6,000 were raised by members of the ‘Jesuits & Friends’ team who participated in the Landrover Malta Marathon on 24th February, as well as by St Aloysius’ College students through a dress-down day, a College staff donation and through proceeds from a Christmas Concert which took place at the same College.

The total campaign target is €30,000, and the funds raised will go towards the reproduction of the award-winning Iċ-Ċavetta Maltese Literacy Toolkit which consists of a series of books and workbooks, cards, and dvds. They will also allow for an upgrade of software and hardware required to deliver the training as well as the actual training of more tutors to offer the toolkit to more organisations who work in the field of illiteracy. 

‘Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) would like to reach 1000 individuals with low levels of literacy who are facing social exclusion and difficulties to access the labour market, as they are the most vulnerable,‘ said Fr Vince Magri Sj, director of PFI.

‘If further support will be forthcoming, we will be happy to offer these toolkits for use in schools too, as they are also suitable for use by younger students who have literacy difficulties,‘ Fr Vince went on, ‘although these will be over and above our own target of 1000 persons.’

Secure online donations may be made here.

Cheque donations may be sent to Paulo Freire Institute, Dar P. Ġuże Delia, SJ, 13th December Square, Żejtun, ZTN 1021

Monetary donations may also be deposited into the institute’s BOV savings account 40015584173.


St Aloysius' College staff and student representative with Fr Vince Magri SJ, director of the Paulo Freire Institute (6th from left).


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