Promoting cyber security amongst the youngest members of society

In its drive to raise awareness and boost learning about cyber security and coding, MITA has this week distributed 330 specially designed classroom mats around all state and non-state primary schools for use from Junior Years 1-4.

MITA, under the direction of the National Cyber Security Strategy Steering Committee within the remit of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation has collaborated with the Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal Skills to provide these educational resources.

The support of such educational resources is part of a series of initiatives and activities forming part of the National Cyber Security Awareness and Educational Campaign launched on 16th October 2018 and which aims to focus on various sectors of the Maltese society and economy.

The Directorate for Digital Literacy & Transversal Skills, from its part, is responsible for training and supporting the use of these resources to interested educators.

The promotional event was held on Wednesday, 21st November at the Siggiewi Primary School. The purpose of the event was to showcase the use of the educational resources in a classroom and in the presence of the Minister of Education, the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation and MITA’s Executive Chairman.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Honorable Silvio Schembri, together with the Ministry for Education, Honorable Evarist Bartolo expressed their satisfaction to MITA’s efforts in identifying the best ways to raise awareness on CyberSecurity amongst young students.

Honorable Schembri said that “cybersecurity is in everyone’s best interest, hence finding innovative and fun methods is the way forward to teach our young ones how to use the net responsibly and for their own good. It is impressive how the students themselves explained to us how to be cautious when using the net. This is tomorrow’s generation and we intend to strongly invest and prepare it for the challenges and opportunities the digital economy holds.”

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