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Voices of our students must be heard on the future of education

Catherine Byrne


In a changing world, education is the most vital lever in preparing for what lies ahead

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'Education is the greatest single lever at our disposal in preparing our society for what lies ahead. We should use it wisely.' Stock picture

'Education is the greatest single lever at our disposal in preparing our society for what lies ahead. We should use it wisely.' Stock picture

'Education is the greatest single lever at our disposal in preparing our society for what lies ahead. We should use it wisely.' Stock picture

There are so many urgent issues clamouring for attention in various manifestos that it's easy to overlook one promise that could transform the way we prepare young people for an increasingly uncertain world - the commitment to a Citizens' Assembly on the Future of Education in which the voice of students will be central.

This initiative is both timely and important. There are more than one million students in our schools and colleges and well over 100,000 teachers, special needs assistants, administrators and support staff. All have ideas about what kind of education system we need - as do the parents of students in the system. There is no end of reports, seminars and symposia, looking for answers to this very question.


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