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16/04/2015: Minister of State McHugh welcomes Techspace as Gaeilge

Minister of State McHugh welcomes Techspace as Gaeilge

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., today (16th April 2015) announced the launch of a new project, Techspace as Gaeilge, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  The project is aimed at young people interested in developing their experience and skills in digital media.

A joint enterprise between the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Camara Ireland Ltd., Techspace as Gaeilge is being funded under the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.  TechSpace is a national network of digital media spaces in youth centres and schools. The network helps young people to create digital and technological material as they engage in activities such as digital film, web design, mobile app development and robotics, among others. Under the direction of trained instructors and mentors, young people can enhance their computer competency, while improving their self-confidence and social skills.

It is planned now to design, develop and deliver the TechSpace programme specifically for people who would like to use it in Irish. Also, it is hoped that corporate engagement will be fostered with public and private bodies in the creative industries. To this end, a meeting of Irish language youth organisations and bodies working in the creative industries sector is being held in Dublin today.

“I warmly welcome TechSpace as Gaeilge,” said Minister of State McHugh, “as it is aimed primarily at teenagers. As we all know, young people have a particular interest and particular skills in technology and they are very comfortable in today’s digital age. I have no doubt that this innovative programme will greatly benefit both them and the Irish language and that the experience they gain from it will create substantial employment opportunities for them in the creative sector in the future.

TechSpace as Gaeilge will allow us to further our goal for young people to develop 21st century skills through this high quality ICT youth programme through the medium of the Irish language. This is a hugely exciting partnership. TechSpace as Gaeilge will engage with over 375 educators and young people, inspiring them to develop creative confidence and use the Irish language with new audiences locally, nationally and globally.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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