Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Launches Creative Youth Plan

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., together with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., Richard Bruton T.D., and Paschal Donohoe T.D., have launched Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person.

Creative Youth sets out measures to deliver on one of the key goals of the Creative Ireland Programme, to ensure that every child in Ireland has practical access to tuition, experience and participation in music, drama, art and coding by 2022.

There are four long-term strategic objectives: Supporting collaboration between Formal and Non-Formal approaches to Creativity in Education; Extending the Range of Creative Activities for our Young People; Embedding the Creative Process by developing programmes that will enable teachers to help young people learn and apply creative skills and capacities; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers working in Early Years, Primary and Post Primary Schools.

The first stage of implementation of Creative Youth, which is a five-year Programme, involves a series of key actions for 2018-2019. One of those actions relates to the Music Generation programme. Music Generation currently reaches over 41,000 children and young people, both inside and outside of school. The Music Generation programme will now be extended countrywide as soon as possible, and certainly by 2022.

Other priority actions included in the Plan include:

· Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative, bringing artists into the classroom, will be piloted.
· A Creative Clusters Schools Scheme to generate creative cultural and artistic projects will be piloted.
· Creativity programmes for young people in disadvantaged communities will be developed.
· An Early Years CPD Project will be developed and existing Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools CPD Projects will be mainstreamed.
· Increased opportunities for students to learn coding and computational thinking will be introduced.
· Opportunities to participate in drama/theatre outside of school will be expanded.
· Cruinniú (formerly Cruinniú na Cásca) will be redesigned and developed as a national creativity day for children and young people in consultation with the local authorities;
· Local Creative Youth Partnerships will be established on a pilot basis.
· Implementation of additional elements of the Arts in Education Charter will be supported

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