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Volunteering in Rwanda

Ciaran Burke, Bracken ETNS

In October 2014, Ciaran Burke, a teacher in Bracken ETNS travelled to Rwanda with international development organisation, VSO Ireland. Rwanda has made great strides since the genocide in 1994 that took the lives of over 1 million men, women and children but challenges remain. An entire generation of teachers lost their lives in the genocide leaving most schools without qualified teachers. Ciaran...

Educate Together Says Thanks!

National Office Staff

As we approach the end of 2014, all of us here at the national office would like to thank each and every one of our supporters and advocates, all the staff who have worked so hard in the 78 Educate Together schools around the country and in the UK this year and, most importantly, the pupils and parents that are the heart of the Educate Together community. We would also like to give a special...

Which Substance Makes the Best Rocket Fuel?

On Thursday January 8, students and teachers from 120 schools around the country will kick-start the New Year when they converge on Dublin for the two-day RDS Primary Science Fair. The event, which is open from Fourth to Sixth class, encourages teachers to use an ‘inquiry-based approach’ to develop students’ scientific skills. The students are asked to choose a particular question or problem and...

Statement on Responsible Pet Ownership Lesson Plans

Educate Together regularly works with partners to develop resources to support its Ethical Education curriculum. Recent projects have involved Plan Ireland and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. In this case we were approached by professionals working in the animal welfare field about the need to address the issue of responsible pet ownership in Irish schools. We agreed to establish a project to...

Educate Together - Winter Celebrations

Christmas is a very important Christian festival, and of course is marked in Educate Together schools nationwide; just as our schools mark Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi and other religious festivals throughout the school term. On a practical level, Christmas celebrations in Educate Together schools can be a sensitive issue, because for many families in Ireland celebrating Christmas has a huge cultural...

Working Together to Create a More Inclusive Society

Maeve Corish, Principal of Donabate Portrane ETNS, on how the school became an Ashoka Changemaker School this year. In Spring 2014 I was approached by Conor Ward of Ashoka Ireland and asked if DPETNS was interested in becoming a Changemaker school - schools that worked to develop empathy and a sense of social entrepreneurism in their students.  Not wanting to create an extra layer of work for a...

CEO Blog: Educate Together's Urgent Need for Funding

These last two weeks, we have been appealing for our supporters to take out a direct debit to support our work. There has been a lot of concern about Educate Together's finances. Whilst our current network is strong and secure, we urgently need additional resources to meet the scale of demand for new Educate Together schools. At the moment, we have confirmed projects ready to move with...

October 2014: Educate Together is now entering a period of real financial crisis.

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

Educate Together is now entering a period of real financial crisis. Unless resolved, this may force us to significantly reduce services to schools - and it may dramatically reduce our ability to transform the Irish education system.  Will you consider supporting Educate Together with a monthly direct debit gift today? More parents than ever want to send their children to an Educate Together...

School Patronage Reconfiguration FAQs

For the last few years, Educate Together have only been able to open schools where there is a shortage of school places due to population growth. However, we are now opening schools in areas where the population is stable and where there is demand from parents for Educate Together schools. Over 96 per cent of schools in Ireland are denominational (religion or faith based) and this is not a true...

'Manageable, interesting and enjoyable'

Pauline Quinn, Aston Village ETNS

Pauline Quinn, of Aston Village ETNS, on Educate Together and St Patrick's College of Education Post-gradate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education.  'I was one of the first students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education. I am delighted to have participated in the course as I found it very enjoyable and hugely beneficial to my teaching...

Latest News

All Schools To Remain Closed on Tuesday 17 October

Educate Together has been informed by the Department of Education and Skills that all schools will remain closed on Tuesday 17 October. A...

16/10/2017

Hope that Budget 2018 Will Lead to More School Choice

Educate Together welcomes the continued reinvestment in education announced in increases to the education budget in yesterday’s Budget. The...

11/10/2017
Network News

Lucan Educate Together National School Celebrates Twenty Years!

It was all fun and games at Lucan Educate Together on October 14 as...

15/11/2017

Spotlight on the ‘Magic and Myths Unite Unite Europe’ Project in Le Chéile ETNS

Something very exciting is happening in Le Chéile ETNS in Drogheda...

04/05/2017
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