€17,000 raised, €13,000 to go!

Ms Carmen Mamo (centre), co-author of the iċ-Ċavetta Maltese literacy toolkit, with one of our students.

So far, €17,000 has been raised for the 'iċ-Ċavetta' project! A big thank-you to all those of you who have contributed in so many ways! €13,000 to go...

Your donation will go a long way in bringing the gift of literacy to 1000 persons between the ages of 16 and 60 in Malta.

Our goal is to reproduce the award-winning iċ-Ċavetta literacy toolkit, which is a Maltese Literacy Toolkit for Employment and Education Inclusion which was published by the Jesuit-run Paulo Freire Institute (PFI), and written by David Muscat and Carmen Mamo. In 2011, iċ-Ċavetta was awarded Best Textbook of the Year, an award granted by the National Book Council.

The Toolkit 

There are two different kits, one for teachers and one for students, and they consist of a series of printed textbooks in full colour, flash-cards and an audiovisual dvd as well as other components. The toolkit is IT interactive and therefore also helps in building computer orientation skills.

Aims and Purposes 

  • To address adult illiteracy, as a direct response to concern with a local illiteracy rate estimated to be around 11.2%, which is relatively high when compared to the EU27 rate. 
  • To enhance the employability of vulnerable groups with low employment rates and low levels of literacy.
  • To ensure that adult training is provided by adequately trained and equipped personnel, especially personnel working with vulnerable groups.
  • Once every book – which corresponds to one level – is completed, the student is entitled to a certificate, approved by the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC).

Why we need your help

Due to the great success of ‘iċ-Ċavetta’, our first set of toolkits (originally funded by the EU) have run out. Demand is still very high and in order for us to offer this opportunity to more people we need the help of donors and benefactors. The cost of printing and offering the toolkit and training to 1000 persons totals approximately €30,000!


Pauline Bartolo, coordinator of our fundraising efforts for the re-run of our 'iċ-Ċavetta' literacy project, interviews two of our adult students, as well as Carmen Mamo, co-author of 'iċ-Ċavetta' literacy toolkit and tutor. Read on.

How you can help

You may donate securely online here.

You may also send your donation directly to:

Paulo Freire Institute,
Dar P. Ġuże Delia, S.J. , 
Misraħ it-13 ta’ Diċembru, 
Żejtun ZTN 1021

THANK YOU! Your donation will go directly to our project fund. You will be giving the wonderful gift of literacy, opening the door to a whole new world of opportunity for so many people.

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