updated 25/10/2022 15:04
What is MCAST CSR?
The MCAST Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) is a compulsory key skill unit offered parallelly in MQF Level 1 – 6 courses throughout the six Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) institutes. The CSR unit presents an opportunity for learners to better understand themselves and others, as well as to establish lifegoals. Based upon Kolb’s (1984) Experiential Learning Cycle, learners are presented with the simulation of a ‘concrete experience’ in the classroom. Through individual and group reflections, students are then guided through ‘reflective observation of the earlier generated experience’. This leads to ‘abstract conceptualisation’, where students see the emergence of new ideas or modification of existing concepts in their mind. Students are finally encouraged in attempting ‘active experimentation’, where they ultimately get to apply their ideas in real life situations.
In this regard the CSR unit includes a compulsory community work project, which presents the ideal opportunity for learners to recognise the benefits of self-management skills, analyse their hands-on experience, and evaluate their own performance. The community work initiative teams up MCAST with several non-governmental institutions, social partners and education institutions. These partnerships present fertile ground for the development and cultivation of skills, attitudes and values for the real world. Consequently, learners are empowered to become active citizens and to become more employable in a dynamic democratic economy and society.
The MCAST CSR programme enriches the learners’ studies with experiences that add value to their knowledge base. Opportunities include areas such as entrepreneurship, creative and performing arts, sport, social and environmental initiatives and culture among others.
Benefits of MCAST CSR
- Gain confidence. Community work can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
- Make a difference. Community work can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
- Meet people. Community work can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
- Be part of a community. Community work can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
- Acquire new skills. Community work can help you acquire new skills and gain experience.
- Take on a challenge. Through community work you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals and discover hidden talents.
What are you waiting for?
Just want to help out? Looking to acquire skills? Keen to meet other people? Fired up to make a difference? MCAST CSR can help you do it. Community work can be one of the most rewarding investments you will ever make.
Have fun! Have a great time while helping others.