Launch: Mirrors and Windows 2  03/09/2019
Launch: Mirrors and Windows 2

 

Malta's national youth policy, Towards 2020 - A shared vision for the future of young people,

includes a specific action plan aimed at awareness raising, listening to and supporting the voices of young people under which initiatives are being undertaken to enhance young people's social and political awareness and that enables their voices to be heard on issues that impact of their lives. Towards 2020 also provides for a research and knowledge building programme aimed at gathering relevant and up-to-date information and data on young people, their experiences, expectations and views, so as to help ensure future evidenced based youth policy that addresses these experiences, expectations and views.

Since its establishment in 2010, Agenzija Zghazagh has carried out, or commissioned, a number of research projects and surveys on young people's experiences, expectations and views in such areas as leisure and recreation, political participation, and as part of the Vote 16 campaign. Through its interactive web portal the agency is able to be in regular contact with young people and garner their views and responses on a rage of relevant topics.

In 2012, Agenzija Zghazagh published Mirrors and Windows: Maltese young people's perceptions of themselves, their families, communities and society the first study of its kind in Malta. Mirrors and Windows 2: Maltese young people's experiences, expectations and views on education, employment and lifestyles is effectively a follow-up to that of 2012 that not only seeks to enhance our research and knowledge base on young  people's lives, views and expectations but also to chart shifts and changes over time. The aim is that such studies and surveys will be conducted on a regular basis, at least every five years, to landscape the changing  lives of young people over time. This has a twofold purpose. First, to raise awareness among young people, their families, communities and the wider society of how young people's lives are changing and the nature of these changes. Second, to enable politicians and policy makers to develop and implement relevant and focused youth policy and to enable ministries, state bodies, and voluntary organisations to provide services and supports that meet the changing needs and aspirations of young people.

The targeting and survey of young people as well as the breakdown of the data in the report were carried out by the National Statistics Office.

The report comprises the following sections. First, the aims and methodology of the survey of young people are set out. Second, the responses of young people (participants) to questions on education and employment are analysed and considered and are also broken down in terms of gender and age. Third, the responses of participants to questions on lifestyles are analyzed and considered and are also broken down in terms of gender and age under a wide range of headings: quality of life, trends in society, free time, identity, physical exercise,arts and culture; friends, marriage and religion;  refugees, poverty and discriminations;  voluntary participation and civic engagement. The responses from Gozo are also considered under each heading.

In conclusion, the main findings and trends emerging from the survey are analyzed, particularly in terms of gender and age, and their implications for youth policy, supports and services considered.