Galway people are being asked to nominate thier most inspiring teachers in an initiative which aims to highlight the huge contribution made by teachers across Irish society.
Teachers Inspire Ireland, an initiative by Dublin City University, is now open for people in Galway – and across the country – to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives, their community, or both.
Stories can be submitted through the teachersinspire.ie website, and can be in either written or video format.
The closing date for submissions is 30th June. After the closing date, a shortlist of the most compelling stories will be selected and profiled on the website.
The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on 27 September, at which one teacher from each of the four provinces will be acknowledged and celebrated.
As he launched Teachers Inspire, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, said: “I welcome the development of this initiative, which acknowledges the pivotal contribution of teachers to our society.
“Throughout Ireland, teachers go above and beyond to give their students the best possible learning experience. They not only teach, they motivate, encourage and inspire.”
The President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “Teachers Inspire wants to hear from Galway people about teachers who have inspired excellence, passion, imagination, creativity, compassion and courage.
“We hope to see a strong response from people across the county who, I’m sure, have excellent stories to tell about the teachers who inspired them.
“DCU is delighted to play a central role in the development of Teachers Inspire Ireland. This is a significant national initiative that recognises the incredible work of so many teachers in changing lives and advancing communities.
“It is important that exceptional teachers get the validation and recognition they deserve.”