“Malta is that little island somewhere in the middle of the Mediterranean that is barely visible on the map.
However, that doesn’t mean that the potential of Maltese youths is of any less from that of other countries. In a world of technology Maltese youths are looking beyond Malta’s horizons to grasp a better understanding of the world, by meeting young people from different cultures and traditions.
Nevertheless, a large number of Maltese youths still have a strong bond with their kin and traditions; this makes Malta rich in culture and diversity.
Through numerous social, religious and political groups, the Maltese youths find room to express their opinions and contribute to the society they live in. Although, at times it is a challenging experience to study, work and have a social life, most youths have managed to find a balance between the three and strive to keep Malta’s traditions and cultures alive, whilst keeping in sync with the rapid changes happening around the world.” – Angela Cassar
“Maltese Youth today play a different role to what was known a little more than a decade ago. Many factors contribute to this change of lifestyle, reasons such as the internet and the vast number of social networking spaces and joining Europe are opening Maltese youth to other sources of info and breaching one’s mind up to a bigger existence, namely being European.
The constraints of the Church do not limit young people’s minds as they used to anymore, Maltese are being encouraged to be more free thinkers although peer pressure and keeping up with the Jones is still there. There is a whole dynamic of different youth groups who either strictly have a belief or some sort of understanding of values or simply do not have faith at all.
As a frequent traveller myself I always feel that Malta is a generation behind the rest of the world, the reasons being that this generation is exploring new avenues and travelling whilst opening up to different cultures, similar to what other nation’s youths experienced in the 70s.
More wealth in the Maltese society has given us young people the access of funds to travel more and pursue our careers away from here. A number of young people have followed their careers to go abroad, especially in music and performing arts (examples are: Fraser Gregory, The Beangrowers, Carie Haber, Marama Corlett, Dorian Mallia etc.
Foreign tourists and Maltese interaction with them has also played a part of the merging of cultures. There has been a boom within the past decade of foreigners visiting our island to learn English. This allowed Malta to stand on the top 10 list for those who wish to learn English to visit. As Youth we feel privileged to have that stand.
There was a time when Maltese students were offered Erasmus positions in other countries, but it was difficult to find young people to go when it first started, however now it is a common attribute for any student to partake in.
There is also a wider interest in things spiritual and has encouraged a lot of people to head to India, Indonesia etc opening them up to other cultures. The numbers at University show also that Maltese youth are beginning to value and understand that education is a pathway to a better future.
I would say that Malta is a place for the young when it comes to the sea the sun and the arts, however, I feel there is a definite need for the young to move away from their comfort zones, explore the world out there and then come back and share it with your fellow Maltese and brighten up our Island with that spirit. ” – Althea Corlett