Within the dimension of a wider Europe and a neighbourhood policy, Malta is in an ideal position to contribute culturally and intellectually towards a deeper understanding of the nature of dividing walls between North and South but above all in theMiddle East. Malta’s state of political neutrality should be perceived as a valuable and active one in this respect.
Malta has had its share of the problem related to displaced immigrants, pouring in from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and therefore the country can understand the plight of asylum seekers, running for their lives and looking for compassion. Malta can empathize morally, politically and culturally and in effect, the Education Authorities, in association with the Ministry of Social Services and the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts have recognized the rights of displaced persons for culture. A series of creative workshops using art, music and theatrical techniques for therapeutic reasons were launched, engaging children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied adolescents landing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Moldavia, Palestine and Iraq. At this point it is relevant to point out that Malta’s cultural policy is also committed to the creation of empowering schemes for the disabled, drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation programmes, victims of domestic violence and other groups on the margin.