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Enthusiastic: Ciara O’Shea and Mahek Hussain from 
Presentation primary school in Tralee, Co Kerry in RTÉ’s Creative Kids

Enthusiastic: Ciara O’Shea and Mahek Hussain from Presentation primary school in Tralee, Co Kerry in RTÉ’s Creative Kids

Enthusiastic: Ciara O’Shea and Mahek Hussain from Presentation primary school in Tralee, Co Kerry in RTÉ’s Creative Kids

With so many of us unable to meet up with either children or grandchildren, it was both cheering and wrenching to encounter all the bright young schoolgoers who featured in Creative Kids (RTÉ1).

Filmed before Covid-19 changed all our lives, the documentary focused on five of the 150 primary and secondary schools that had been participating in a nationwide Creative Ireland educational project. Pride of place was rightly given to the children themselves.

Ranging from seven-year-olds to teenagers, and from all sorts of backgrounds, they were articulate and enthusiastic about their tasks, whether artistic or scientific, though occasionally you got the sense that they were dutifully parroting received feel-good wisdom from their teachers on such matters as inclusivity, diversity and the embracing of ethnic difference.