A new education yearbook supported by NUI Galway was recently launched by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn.
Edited by Dr Tony Hall, the aim of ‘Education Matters’ Yearbook is to provide a comprehensive record of all significant events, trends and debates in Irish education in any given year, across all levels from pre-school to further and higher education.
“The unique value of Education Matters Yearbook is that it is a living, breathing, contemporaneous expression of all that is being done, said, debated and celebrated across the entire spectrum of education in Ireland in a particular year,” said a spokesperson for Education Matters.
“Readers may or may not agree with views expressed in the yearbook – but what is more important in this context is that what is found within these pages accurately reflects the reality and thinking of the day and the year, the attitudes and actions of education leaders, politicians, policy makers, teachers, students, parents, and media.”
Editorial committee member Stiofán Ó Cualáin, Acting Principal of Coláiste na Coiribe Galway, said that working with the editor and the committee over the past year was an “insightful” experience.
“It provided an opportunity to meet with pivotal people in second level and served to focus the mind on issues relevant to the sector,” said Mr Ó Cualáin.
“Getting to know the other members of the committee led also to a greater awareness of issues across all levels and highlighted the need to break down barriers in an educational system where we tend to be focused exclusively on our own sector.”