Identifying bright minds and
helping them shine brighter

Our Objectives

Supporting gifted children in reaching their full potential.

Supporting gifted children to find their path in life where they excel
and make a positive contribution to society.

Providing extra-curricular enrichment programmes and
summer camps locally and abroad.

Promoting gifted education at the national level to achieve positive change.

What inspired us to pursue this cause

The Julian’s Pathfinder Foundation was created in memory of Julian Spiteri who tragically passed away in a traffic accident in April 2021. Julian was a second-year law student at the University of Malta who was constantly questioning whether or not he was on the right path and if reading law was the best course for him to reach his full potential.

His long list explaining ‘why I want to study / practice law’, which he pinned to the cork board above his desk, is evidence of the great lengths he went to justify his choices and he frequently referred back to this list when he was doubting whether he was on the right path.

Hopefully this list can serve as a guidepost for anyone considering the legal profession or any other career path.

The list, as well as other writings found by his parents posthumously, led his family to establish the Julian’s Pathfinder Foundation with the purpose of inspiring and supporting gifted children and youth to achieve their full potential. Julian’s essays on ‘Do we have a moral duty to exceed ourselves’ and ‘Does the best education happen outside the classroom’, have led Julian’s parents to focus the charitable cause of the Foundation on our moral duty to support the most gifted amongst us through outside the classroom education to help them fulfil their potential and inspire them to make a positive contribution to society.

In addition, his bucket list, also discovered posthumously by his parents, is an inspiration to the series of fundraising events carried out by the Foundation.

Why is this important?

Providing the right educational environment

Typically, 2% to 3% of a country’s learners are high achievers. They are prone to dropping out of school if they are not well challenged and provided with the right educational environment.

Achieving learner capabilities

Gifted students may also not achieve their best at school if their teachers fail to recognize that they are capable of completing their work at a higher level than they are assigned.

Meeting learning requirements

Children with gifted abilities may have different learning demands. A gifted student benefits from rapid pace learning, independent study, complex content and the opportunity to use higher order thinking skills. Such learning needs are important to be catered for.

Preventing school dropouts

Unless gifted students are given the right stimuli, they will likely experience boredom, frustration, social isolation and bullying, leading to underachievement, behavioural issues, and mental health problems, which could result in school dropouts.

Upcoming Programmes

Patrons

Individuals or organisations wishing to donate or sponsor events are encouraged to contact us
on info@julianspathfinder.org or on +356 9989 2015

The Julian’s Pathfinder Foundation was established on 30 September 2021 and has been registered as a Legal Person (LPF- 368) on 6 January 2022. The Foundation is a public benefit foundation within the meaning of article 1(4)a of the Second Schedule and enjoys a separate legal personality. The Foundation is also enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (VO/2304).