Gifted Education in Europe
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Malta, where I now live, is an insular environment. I teach a little English
and in one class is a ten years old boy who seems to be gifted. In a poem he
wrote for me he used three adjectives before a noun. His teacher sometimes
defers to him. His interpersonal skills are very poor. His parents say integration
is the thing, but I feel that he may be damaged by peer baiting. They also say
that in Malta there is no other course for him. What to do? Assessment first I
think, then perhaps the Internet? Are there 'get-togethers' in Europe for gifted
It is indeed unfortunate that this little boy appears to be creatively able, yet
unawareness or lack of educational intervention for such a case in Malta is deterring
him from further progressing. A child is usually viewed negatively on the average
account when his/her interpersonal skills are poor and also leads to peer baiting
which definitely does some damage.
I have found some websites for your reference. For educational information in Europe,
you may want to surf the following site:
is an institutional network for gathering, monitoring, processing, and
circulating reliable and readily comparable information on education systems and
policies throughout Europe.
You may also get in touch with the following organizations, which are excellent
resources for gifted education in Europe.
Secretariat of ECHA
Bildundund Begabung e.V.
PO Box 20 14 48
Tel: +49 228 302 266
Fax: +49 228 302 270
Center for the Study of Giftedness
Catholic University of Nijmegan
PO Box 9104, 6500 HW Nijmegan
Tel: +31 +24 3616146
Fax: +31 +24 3615480
National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE)
PO Box 252, Arnolds Way
Oxford OX2 9FR
Tel: +44 01865 861879
Fax: +44 01865 861880
Association Francaise pour les Enfants Precoces (AFEP)
Sophie Cote, principal honoraire du College du Cedre au Vesinet
13 bis rue Albert Joly
78110 Le Vesinet
Tel: +33 1.34.80.03.90
Fax: +33 188.8.131.52.20
Based in France
Tate - Society to Support Bright Children
I am afraid that this is all I can do as far as help is concerned in Europe.
Sincerely hope the references will be of some help. It is always great to have
teachers who care and go that extra mile to ensure a better future for that special kid.