The Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools was set up in May 2001, to develop, build, upgrade, refurbish, maintain and manage state-owned schools as required from time to time by the Education authorities, and in so doing, to convert them from ‘today’s schools’ into ‘tomorrow’s schools’.
The objectives of the foundation include:
- To identify the number and location of new schools that will need to be constructed in the light of demographic trends.
- To identify and recommend which Government schools should be phased-out or re-developed completely.
- To ensure that individual projects are undertaken in the most cost-effective, expedient and efficient manner ensuring good value for money.
In recent years FTS has been handling projects which go beyond the mere building of schools. Investment has been made on interactive white boards, CCTV cameras, photovoltaic panels, science laboratories, ICT equipment and also on major sports facilities intended to serve not only students but whole regional communities.
With the change in Government in 2013, the new administration introduced two major new principles in education in Malta and Gozo:
- Co-education in all secondary schools – This means secondary schools that cater for all sexes on an all inclusive basis.
- The establishment of ‘Middle Schools’ within the secondary education level – Schools that cater for the first two years of secondary education.
These new policies required a number of changes within the existing educational buildings as well as new design direction when designing new schools. The introduction of Middle Schools necessitated smaller educational buildings accommodating preferably not more than 550 students. This gave rise to significant alterations, refurbishments and extensions and, in some cases the construction of additional blocks within existing school complexes. The direction to limit all primary and secondary schools to approximately 550 students also required the construction of new schools within both the primary and secondary sectors.