The Young Social Innovators “Speak Out” competition is a national competition for secondary schools, which aims to create a fair and equal world
Having got through to the final stages of this prestigious competition, a group of Transition Year students with their teacher, Leanne Wray and Ms Karen Mc Grath travelled to City West Hotel on 10th May to present their idea. The students were required to “speak out” about their project and answer challenging questions in front of a large audience, including Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
The goal of Errigal College’s project was to create an awareness of the different nationalities in our school and to build a more welcoming atmosphere for those who don’t have English as their first language. They created a wallet-sized card for teachers to carry which had, ‘Hello, how are you?’ in different languages on it. This simple idea makes students feel more welcome as they come into the classroom, genius! They also created a placemat containing useful classroom phrases in the six most common languages in use in the school and these are in use in every classroom.
There were over 400 entrants for this award and Errigal College finished cream of the crop in their category, proudly taking the trophy for, ‘Making Our Country More Inclusive’. This is a tremendous achievement and the college is immensely proud of how our students performed on the day.
Errigal College principal, Mr Charlie Cannon spoke of his delight. “We are very proud of our students’ and teacher’s achievement. They have worked extremely hard all year and it is fantastic to see this work recognised. Incredible achievement!”
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