Sunday 24 March 2019

Creative flair: €6m fund to help students be imaginative

Hats off: Stepaside students Jacob Milne Hickey (13), Shreyas Rath (12), and Guy Baram (14) with Josepha Madigan and Katherine Zappone at the Creative Youth launch at the National Gallery. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Hats off: Stepaside students Jacob Milne Hickey (13), Shreyas Rath (12), and Guy Baram (14) with Josepha Madigan and Katherine Zappone at the Creative Youth launch at the National Gallery. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Conor McCrave

Conor McCrave

Pupils from Stepaside Educate Together school showed off their creative flair at the National Gallery as €6m was announced to develop creativity in schools.

More than 140,000 pupils across 300 schools will benefit from funding which will see children incorporate a hands-on approach to everyday learning.

Alice O'Connor, guidance counsellor and creative co-ordinator at the Stepaside school, said creativity "is a skill for the present and the future and covers the whole curriculum.

"It's not just something we associate with art, music, dance and drama, but we can see creativity in everything and we're keen for the kids to develop it as a skill in wherever their individual strengths lie."

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said she anticipates more children will take to the stage and put pen to paper through the funding.

"I think it's very much at the heart of every child in Ireland, this creativity, and we want to make sure they can use their imagination.

"Access to drama and music and coding and anything that is creative just unleashes the potential and it's wonderful to see that.

"It's just wonderful to see the combinations of creativity just out of very simple products they use."

Irish Independent

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