Dublin school wins Erasmus+ Schools Week Award

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PRESS RELEASE   1st October 2019

Balbriggan Educate Together National School have been announced as the winners of the 2019 Erasmus+ Schools Week Video Competition.

The winning entry by Balbriggan Educate Together National School focused on how taking part in Erasmus+ has impacted the school community from both the teachers’ and the pupils’ perspectives, with benefits such as language skills, cultural exchanges and being part of the wider European community topping the bill.

The competition was run as part of the Erasmus+ Schools Week programme, an initiative that celebrates the work of students and school staff in their Erasmus+ projects. The week is managed by Léargas, the National Agency for Erasmus+ in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth, and provides an opportunity to promote and bolster a shared sense of European identity.

The announcement comes as schools around the country celebrate Erasmus+ Schools Week 2019 this week from Monday, 30th September until Friday, 4th October.

In total, there are seven schools in County Dublin marking Erasmus+ Schools week including:

  • St. Damian’s National School, Perrystown, Dublin 12; 
  • Scoil Fhursa, Kilmore West, Dublin 5; 
  • St. Aidan’s Community School, Jobstown, Dublin 24; 
  • Balbriggan Educate Together National School, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin; 
  • St. Theresa’s Primary School, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin;
  • Christ the King Girls National School, Cabra, Dublin 7; and 
  • St. Mary’s Boys National School, Booterstown, Co. Dublin. 

Schools across Dublin are celebrating the week in a variety of ways. For example, Scoil Mhuire Baile an Bhóthair, Kilmore West are publishing a book on children’s right to education which has been written and illustrated by the school’s 5th class pupils as part of their Erasmus+ project. The book aims to raise awareness of the importance of children’s rights to an education at the school. They will also hold an assembly on the theme of multiculturalism, as well as a quiz.

Speaking today (01.10.2019) about the announcement, Dr Fintan McCutcheon, Principal of Balbriggan ETN commented: “Balbriggan Educate Together is proud to be a school with strong European links. It allows us to develop a sense of global citizenship and connection with people living in different places.

“Erasmus+ is important for our teachers as well. It gives us opportunities to learn from and make connections with educators across Europe. It develops our own cultural awareness and enhances our sense of belonging to a European community.

“Erasmus+ benefits the whole school community because it allows all of us, pupils and staff alike, to embrace a multi-layered and multi-faceted identity; from Balbriggan to Dublin; from Ireland to Europe, to truly global citizenship.”

Also speaking today as celebrations kick off around the country, Deirdre O’Brien, Client Services Officer at Léargas said: “I would like to congratulate the teachers and students at Balbriggan Educate Together National on their fantastic video which really captures the spirit of what Erasmus+ Schools Week is all about. 

“We are so impressed with the creativity and ambition of all the video entries, and I would like to thank each and every school who submitted an entry. The announcement of the video competition winner is only the beginning of the week of activities and celebrations, I wish all participating the very best time throughout Schools Week.”