Cork, 23 November 2015: Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD visits Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire, Cork this morning to kick off the school’s participation in the Blue Star Programme and to mark the school’s 10th anniversary.
The objective of the Blue Star Programme, now in its fifth year, is to foster better understanding and knowledge, by Irish primary pupils, of how the European Union affects our lives. To date, the Programme, which is managed by European Movement Ireland, has already involved over 350 schools and 21,000 school children across Ireland.
Minister Murphy said “Congratulations to the teachers, pupils and parents of Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil on celebrating their 10 year anniversary. I’m delighted to be launching the Blue Star Programme here in the school today and to see that the school has signed up for the programme for another year, like many other schools around the country. It’s fantastic to see the hard work and effort put in to all the projects by the children and their teachers and I know this is mirrored in the almost 200 other schools taking part this year.”
“All primary schools are eligible to register for the Programme,” said Ms Jenny Flynn Blue Star Programme Manager with European Movement Ireland. “We already provide lots of material, advice and a curriculum guide, and there’s still time for other Cork schools to register with us,” added Ms Flynn. “We’re here to help, no matter how big or small a national school is. Interested teachers can contact us on (01) 662 5815 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org,” said Jenny Flynn.