Thursday, 7 July 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
44. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for future co-operation with the North’s Education Minister, John O’Dowd, MLA, in order that the expertise of Áisaonad can be used throughout the entire island to translate teaching materials relevant to the curriculums in both jurisdictions. [19141/11]
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I am committed to joint co-operation in this important area. An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), which is funded by my Department to co-ordinate the provision of teaching resources for Irish medium schools, works in partnership with CCEA to jointly plan the development of resources where appropriate. COGG has recently agreed to invite CCEA to appoint a representative to its board to further develop this partnership.
COGG, CCEA and An tÁisaonad in St Mary’s University College, Belfast have developed a database of all resources available for Irish medium education on the island of Ireland. An early literacy programme is being currently developed by these 3 organisations and the first stage of the programme will be available this September. COGG and CCEA share all teaching resources.
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