Giving all the children of the nation their say
'A once-in-a-generation occasion' is how Arts Minister Heather Humphreys has described today's events in schools across the country. If anything, Proclamation Day is so much more than that. It's a unique occasion when schools and educational institutions of all hues and levels will come together to salute the legacy of the Easter Rising.
At the centre of the commemorations will be a recognition of the significance of the Proclamation. Hopefully, the centenary of the Rising will bring about a greater level of understanding of our nation's history - and put events elsewhere in the world into perspective for our younger generation.
As the statesman Edmund Burke noted: "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." Developing a greater level of appreciation of history can only instil an appetite to influence events in a positive fashion in modern times.