Free music, arts & coding tuition for every child in Carlow as part of Creative Ireland initiative – DEERING

9th December, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has said that every child in Carlow will have access to free tuition in music, drama, art and coding, as part of the ‘Creative Ireland’ initiative.

“’Creative Ireland’ is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016, the year of commemorations. As outlined by Minister Heather Humphreys, Creative Ireland puts culture and creativity at the centre of public policy, which will benefit artists and citizens here in Carlow and nationwide.

“One really important part of this initiative is a five year ‘Creative Children’ plan which will enable every child to access free tuition in music, drama, art and computer coding.

“The idea is to ensure that children can participate in the arts from an early age, and it will drive cultural engagement here in Carlow and all across the country. It is an ambitious plan, which would make Ireland the first country in the world to guarantee access for every child to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding. This will be hugely beneficial in terms of giving them a well-rounded and creative education allowing them to express themselves and discover their talents. The inclusion of coding at early years level is a fantastic idea. Minister for Education Richard Burton also wants to introduce coding as a Leaving Cert subject, will help to equip them for the 21st century and the modern workplace.

“In addition to the ‘Creative Children’ plan, ‘Creative Ireland’ contains ambitious and visionary ideas to develop our cultural and creative capacity as a nation.

“For example, we are going to make Ireland a global hub for film and TV production, something that Carlow could seek to benefit from as we have a lot to offer here in terms of interesting and scenic locations.

“In an important measure to support Irish artists and creatives, the Departments of Arts and Social Protection will also devise pilot scheme to assist self-employed artists who have applied for Jobseekers Allowance.

“The plan commits to investing in our cultural and heritage institutions nationally, but also takes a local approach too. Every Local Authority will appoint a Culture Team to drive local needs. So this will be done here by Carlow County Council and they will publish a Culture Plan for the county.

“All in all, this is a very ambitious public policy initiative for the arts and cultural sectors and I will work to ensure that Carlow will be an integral part of the plan. I am delighted that all Carlow children will have the opportunity to benefit from access to free tuition in music, drama, art and coding.”