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Aqra fis-Sajf Summer Reading Campaign 2023:

Students’ Summer Work Opportunity


General Overview

Summer Work Experience

As part of the national reading campaign Aqra fis-Sajf, the National Literacy Agency (NLA) will continue organising fun educational programmes to promote language and literacy during summer 2023.

Aqra fis-Sajf officials will be delivering animated reading sessions, in both Maltese and English. Sessions will be delivered in-person and/or online. Officials will be expected to be available for work from Monday to Friday, from 08:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for the whole duration of the summer working phase (i.e. Phase 1 and Phase 2), excluding the 14th to the 18th August 2023.


Selected officials will be provided with Maltese and English books, suitable for read aloud and shared reading, to enable them to carry out these reading sessions. They will be expected to prepare and plan sessions, implement a variety of reading activities during the reading session,  as well as keep a detailed record of work. It is also the responsibility of the Aqra fis-Sajf officials to ensure that any competitions or activities related to the campaign are effectively carried out.


Online Application

The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board welcomes applications from full-time students who are 18 years of age by the closing date of the online application. Preference will be given to students reading the following degrees/diplomas:

Master in Teaching and Learning (MTL)

Master of Arts (preferably in Maltese/English)

Master of Arts in Theatre Studies

Bachelor of Arts (preferably in Maltese/English)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Facilitating Inclusive Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care

 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Inclusive Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Years

Advanced Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development


Students enrolled in other courses may still apply.

Placements for this summer work experience are limited and preference will be given to students that have prior experience in previous editions of the summer reading campaigns or delivering programmes coordinated by the National Literacy Agency.


Students may apply online at

Applications open on Thursday, 30th March 2023 at noon and close on Friday, 28th April 2023 at noon.


Eligibility Criteria

Students interested in applying as Aqra fis-Sajf officials with the National Literacy Agency, should fill in the online application and attach a scan of their Identity Card, both front and back. Students are required to upload proof of Course undertaking. University of Malta students should upload a screenshot of the ESims student course details. MCAST students should upload a screenshot from Classter with student course details. Please make sure that name and ID card are visible. Failure to submit accurate information and the requested documents may disqualify students from the scheme.

Aqra fis-Sajf Officials should be proficient in both Maltese and English, and should have a positive attitude towards literacy.

Selected candidates will be expected to sign a Contract of Service prior to commencement, and attend mandatory training and/or observation sessions that will be organised by the NLA during the first week of engagement.



Remuneration and Entitlement

Remuneration for this work is pegged at an hourly rate of €7.39 in line with scale 16 pay of the Public Service.

Students engaged under this scheme are also entitled to the following:


Phase 1: 11th July 2023 – 11th August 2023


Vacation Leave

10 hours



Income Supplement


Sick Leave

11 hours on full pay

11 hours on half pay

Allowances for Phase 1 are calculated pro rata on 96 working hours.



Phase 2: 21st August 2023 – 7th September 2023


Vacation Leave

6 hours



Income Supplement


Sick Leave

7 hours on full pay

7 hours on half pay


Allowances for Phase 2 are calculated pro rata on 56 working hours.

Other Notes:


Please note that students receive the bonus and any other benefits such as pro rata vacation leave, sick-leave (against presentation of medical certificate) and income supplement on a pro rata basis.


Kindly note that vacation leave which is not availed of till the end of each work phase is non- refundable.


Students are to ensure that once employed, their employment is registered with Jobsplus via the Jobsplus engagement form as per Legal Notice 110/1993. The Jobsplus Termination Form must also be submitted at the end of the summer work phase.


This application form is specifically for the Aqra fis-Sajf campaign and will not be considered for any other scheme.


For further information or clarification, students may contact Mr Daniel Cini, Senior Manager, National Literacy Agency on 25982993 / 25983324. Any queries may be sent to