Wednesday, March 30, 2011

EU Talent Day is Gathering Steam

As we move towards EU Talent Day on 9th April and Ireland's first National Gifted Education Awareness Day on 8th April, things are looking good and it's time for a progress report.

We are in the process of finalising details of events which are being held for EU Talent Day on 9th April. This is not a centrally organised "event". It is day of  national awareness and celebration. If you would like to celebrate your talent in your area, go for it! It doesn't have to be big or elaborate. It can be celebrated by individuals, clubs, classes or organisations. Take a look at the list for ideas. We would  be delighted to include details of any events planned for the day. Particularly, we would like to see events outside the Dublin/Wicklow area!

National Gifted Education Awareness Day will be focused primarily on schools and will include the dissemination of a leaflet and poster to all schools in advance of 8th April. 

Having started out with the support  and encouragement of The Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland (CTYI) and The Institute for Child Education and Psychology (ICEPE), we now have an impressive list of official supporters:
  • NAPD: The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals
  • IPPN: The Irish Primary Principals Network
  • NPCpp: The National Parents' Council Post-Primary
  • PACCS: The Parents' Associations of Community and Comprehensive Schools
  • FEDCBS: The Federation of Parents Councils Christian Brothers and other Catholic Secondary Schools 
  • ASTI: The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland
  • ISSU: The Irish Second Level Students Union
  • ELSTA: English Language Support Teachers Association
  • Scoilnet: Portal for Irish Education
  • Wicklow School of Music and Drama
  • FYI Dance Club
  • Dara Black
It's wonderful to see parents, principals, teachers and students all come together and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of this very worthwhile initiative. It is surely by working together that we will make progress toward a better future for all.

And thank you to Hungary for lighting the spark. Exciting times ahead!

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