In September, the Heritage Council launched a blended Heritage in Schools programme – a mix of outdoor, in-person and virtual visits. To celebrate this long-awaited return to the outdoor classroom, and as a way of supporting teachers and students at a time when the benefits of nature and the outdoors are at an all-time high, the programme is being offered FREE to schools for a limited period before the end of 2021.
On Monday 15th November, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, joined Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of The Heritage Council, Maria Walsh, Heritage in Schools Programme Manager and Mary Dillon, Community Programmes Manager with Burrenbeo Trust to launch ‘Heritage Keepers’, a new pilot national Place Based Learning and Stewardship initiative.
This new pilot virtual programme will be offered to primary schools in counties Donegal and Kilkenny over an eight week period from 28 September to 20 November. The programme will offer a mix of pre-recorded and live interactive sessions for children and teachers.
History of site of Letterkenny Public Library, County Donegal. (By Reiltin O’Neill, age 12, Kilmuckridge National School)
Last November Aoife McGonige from Powerstown E.T.N.S. got in touch with us to tell us about their plans to hold a Heritage Week in January. The Heritage in Schools Scheme was delighted to offer some support for the event.
Working with Creative Ireland towards achieving one of its key goals ‘to enable the creative potential of every child and young person’ the Heritage in Schools Scheme invited applications from primary schools nationwide for an opportunity to creatively explore their local heritage during a series of FIVE FREE VISITS with a Heritage in Schools Expert. Here's how the projects developed: