The national youth agency Aġenzija Żgħażagħ has been recognised by the Commonwealth for the work it carries out with young people and was even asked to organize a conference dealing with the professionalism of youth workers.
The profession of youth workers and the work they do to help young people in the development of their skills and character to give them direction in life was the theme of the Commonwealth conference entitled Cross Currents.
Malta was chosen to organise the conference after research carried out by the Commonwealth showed that the agency with the help of the Government was offering a substantial number of services and is ranked in first place among small Commonwealth countries. Youth Workers who represent 32 countries from the Commonwealth and other EU countries are currently in Malta to see the work being done with young people by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ .
Miriam Teuma, Chief Executive of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ said, “the important thing is that professionals can grow both in Europe and the Commonwealth, and the idea is that in this conference, we can come up with a timeline of how this recognition of staff who deal with young people, can be strengthened.”
The head of Youth Social Policy at the Commonwealth, Layne Robinson said that Malta is a model for the work which it is doing with young people.
Layne Robinson said, “Malta is an example to the rest of the commonwealth on youth work practice and what it means for young people. The Commonwealth is pleased to be associated with the Government of Malta for hosting a meeting because it represents one of the smallest countries, about 32 small states. Small states, irrespective of their size and their resources, can actually do very good for their young people in terms of youth work.”
The directors of the Commonwealth recognized the dedication of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ which has developed programmes by which it can help other countries to have the same systems which have reaped positive results.