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€6m for Creative Youth announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/02/2019. €6m for Creative Youth announcedTags: Teachers

  • Doubling the number of Creative Schools from 150 to 300, registration for new applicants now open with applications accepted online from 19th February.
  • Over 140,000 children and young people will be participating in Creative Schools and Creative Clusters programmes in 2019.
    Increasing opportunities for CPD for teachers across the country.
  • Music Generation to commence 5 new Local Music Education Partnerships in 2019, a further step in delivering on the promise of a national roll-out by 2022.
  • 15 innovative projects for children and young people will be rolled out as part of National Creativity Fund.

    Speaking at the National Gallery of Ireland, Ministers Madigan, McHugh and Zappone announced a combined 2019 budget of €6m for Creative Youth, an initiative of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, which aims to enable the creativity of children and young people.

    Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D. said; “It is really important that children and young people have the opportunity to explore their creative potential both inside school and outside school. Today’s commitment represents this Government’s commitment to the Creative Youth Programme. Working in partnership with the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, means that we have secured an increase of nearly €4m on last year’s budget to enable a range of exciting and innovative pilot projects to be rolled out over the coming year. I look forward to the outcome of these projects and the positive impact it will have on our children and young people.”

    A highlight of the announcement is the expansion of CreativeSchools, a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme which is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

    Creative Schools aims to understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity, as a core aspect of school life, and to foster children and young people’s creativity and participation in the arts as an integral part of their education in Ireland. Creative Schools recognises that the arts are a powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive, and harness their curiosity. Engagement in the arts and creativity requires rigour, discipline and resilience nurturing learners’ sense of agency and self-worth. This combination of skills underpins all successful learning.

    While the existing 150 pilot schools in Creative Schools will continue to participate in the initiative for a second year, 150 new schools across Ireland will be added in 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for these schools to understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with creativity, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. Working with a Creative Associate, schools draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community, developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development and well-being. In addition, all schools under the initiative receive a further range of supports including a grant of €2,000 and training for teachers in the school.

    Creative Schools
    All Department of Education and Skills primary and post-primary schools, special schools and Youthreach centres across the state are eligible to apply. Interested schools should: 
  • Step 1 – Get online to find out more

  • Step 2 – Register your school today (this can take up to 5 working days).
  • Step 3 – Apply online between 19th February 2019 and 21st March 2019. 



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