Sunday, February 27, 2011

Get On Board the Talent Train

Hungarian Presidency of the EU declares Saturday 9th April 2011  EU Talent day.

Historically, Ireland has punched well above its weight in terms of talent in so many areas: literature, poetry, drama, music, sport, science. In these difficult times, this is a great opportunity for us to to remind ourselves of the immense talent our young people possess and of the importance of nurturing these talents.

Together with Peter Lydon, we invite everyone to celebrate Irish talent on April 9th. What can you do to mark this occasion? It doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. Here are some suggestions:

        Get your family or friends together to play music or read
        Visit a gallery or museum
        Go to a play
        Hold an event for your club or organisation
        Organise an activity for your school or class
        Hold a quiz or treasure hunt

A number of national institutions are contributing by organising events for Talent Day and we will post details on our dedicated page as details are finalised. Over time a full list of events will appear on our websites  and on the EU Talent Day website. You might like to participate in one of these.

To compliment Talent Day, we have organised Ireland's first Gifted Education Awareness Day on Friday 8th April. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the specific needs of Exceptionally Able children in the classroom. There's a myth that exceptionally able children will perform well in school irrespective of teacher intervention. The result of this is that academic talent often goes unrecognised and undeveloped. International studies have shown that developing teaching methods to take account of children with exceptional ability raises whole school performance.

If you would like any further information or would like your event to be included in our list, please contact us at Alternatively,  post on the facebook page:

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