ENRETE is a two year ERASMUS PLUS project (2016-2018) consisting of six European partners, namely by the University of Malta (coordinator), University of Rijeke (Croatia), University of Crete (Greece), University of Pavia (Italy), University of Lisbon (Portugal), and University Stefan cel Mare, Suceava (Romania). ENRETE seeks to improve the quality and relevance of higher education by focusing on the development of innovative curricula with high relevance to Europe’s current socio-economic context. The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the creation of learning environments through teacher education that promotes the resilience and growth of marginalised learners by providing them with the tools, resources and learning contexts which facilitate their academic and social and emotional learning and consequently their social inclusion and active citizenship.

To achieve this aim the project developed a set of modules for teacher education at Masters’ level, tailored to build educators’ competence in responding to, and addressing, the academic, social and emotional needs of learners at risk in their development and education. The partners developed ten face to face and online modules which were then piloted with a number of teachers in each of the six partner countries. The project is being concluded with an international conference at the University of Malta in July 2018.

This ‘European Conference on Resilience in Education’, brings together researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners from Europe and beyond to examine current theory, research and practice in the field of resilience in education within a European perspective. Participants will discuss how resilience may be developed and enhanced through schools and other systems in an ever changing world. It also addresses cross cultural issues, particularly within a European context. Another important theme of the conference is teacher education in resilience development as well as teachers’ and other practitioners’ own resilience and wellbeing. Professor Michael Ungar, an international authority on resilience in children and young people, will be addressing the conference.

The two day conference will include keynote speeches, plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions. The official language of the conference is English. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Registration for the conference is free of charge. A social programme is also available.

The conference is being held at the Valletta campus of the University of Malta. In 2018 Valletta has been chosen as the European City of Culture with hundreds of activities organized in Valletta and other parts of Malta throughout the year.