Malta's Child Guarantee National Action Plan - An overview
2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children's rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children's rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The Maltese government submitted Malta's Child Guarantee National Action Plan (NAP) on 14 June.
The Maltese Child Guarantee National Action Plan focuses on:
- Tax reductions or lump sums (100€-300€) to parents who involve their children in sports, artistic or cultural activities.
- Extending free childcare service to all children, regardless of whether or not their parents work.
- Improve the quality of services offered by childcare centers.
- Distribution of a set of books each year to all the primary school children.
- Extend the one-tablet-per-child initiative and distribute a new laptop to every student in their seventh.
- Offer free basic internet service to all primary and secondary school students from families earning €14,300 or less.
- Extend the Scheme 9 initiative to allow children to benefit from more than one service at a time.
- Ongoing measures on accessible and inclusive education, family support, preventing school drop-out, healthy habits and early prevention and detection of diseases and housing.
Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Malta published on 14/06/2022. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements & to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.