10/10/2014 Minister Humphreys launches Local Arts in Education Partnership in Monaghan
Local Fine Gael TD and Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, is this evening (Friday) launching the Local Arts in Education Partnership (LAEP) in Monaghan. The LAEP has been developed by the Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board, in response to the Arts in Education Charter, which the Minister has identified as one of her key priorities.
Speaking this evening, Minister Humphreys said:
“Implementing the Arts in Education Charter is one of my key priorities, and I am pleased to say that I have met with my colleague, the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan TD, on a number of occasions to discuss this initiative in detail. We are both very keen to implement the Charter without delay.
“This LAEP, developed by Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board, is a wonderful response to the Charter. I am a big believer in the fact that the arts is for everyone. And if we want to truly promote the arts in our communities, then we need to start with our children and young people.
“The Arts in Education Charter sets out how the arts can help students to be more successful in school life and work. I am committed to working with Minister O’Sullivan to ensure that the Charter is put into action, for the benefit of students across the country. And, in my view, for the benefit of wider society.
“This LAEP will result in concrete action. For example, the Monaghan Education Campus will be developed as a centre of excellence for Arts in Education and an annual programme will be delivered to engage children from early years to senior cycle.
“I would like to commend Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board for its extremely proactive approach in developing this LAEP. It shows an absolute commitment to enrich the curriculum and wider life of local schools. I am a huge supporter of the work being carried out in Local Authorities and ETBs nationwide, and I hope others will follow the example being set in Cavan and Monaghan.
“This LAEP will stimulate the creativity and imagination of children and young people across Cavan and Monaghan, it will open their minds and expand their horizons. I believe it will also lead to a greater participation in the arts beyond the school walls, and I hope it will give our children a love for the arts and all artistic expression can offer.”