Malta officially the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta Malta), is a densely populated developed europe an country in the europe an Union.
Throughout its history, Malta location in the Mediterranean Sea has given it a strategic importance. It is a member of the United Nations (since 1964) and a member of the europe an Union (since 2004). Malta is also party to the Schengen Agreement (since 2007) and member of the eurozone (since 2008).
Throughout Malta long and chequered history, the people in Malta came into contact with the many countries that dominated the Mediterranean. The relationships with people of many different cultures made the Maltese amongst the most cosmopolitan people in the world.
The climate in Malta is warm and healthy. The average temperature in Winter (November till April) is 14°C and that in Summer (May till October) is 23°C. In Winter the Sun shines for an average of 7 hours and around 10 hours in Summer.
The population of Malta was estimated at 403,532 in 2008.
English and Maltese are both official languages.
|Age in years||Phase|
|0 to 2||Childcare is provided in some sectors, but if parents are both working it tends to be a family member, such as a grandparent who helps out during this phase.|
|3 to 5||Early childhood||Education Daycare centres and nurseries.|
|6 to 7||First cycle||Primary school education in state schools is co-educational. There is one Independent boys school whilst the other Independent schools are co-educational. This is not the case in church schools; they are all single sex schools.|
|8 to 11||Second cycle||During this phase the school system starts preparing for the entrance exams. This is know as the Junior Lyceum exam.|
|12 to 16||Secondary School||Here the students prepare for their O levels (local Matsec GCSEs). When they are 13 years old they choose the main subjects which they will be studying. Supplementing these subjects are English, Maltese, Maths and Religion.|
|17 to 18||Sixth Form. Here students can either attend the Government system, the University Junior College or a Private sixth form|
|19 to 25||University||The majority of students usually attend the University of Malta|