Tue, Mar 9th, 2021
Léargas appreciates the ambition to support learning for all, within the EU and beyond, that was set out in the first three-year strategy for the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
As an agency under the aegis of the Department, Léargas contributed one of 130 submissions that were considered during its development.
We welcome the statement and in particular the appearance of ‘international’ and ‘inclusion’ among the six overarching goals: talent, innovation, inclusion, international, governance and capacity.
Speaking at the launch of the Strategy yesterday, Minister Simon Harris said “At the heart of our department is an objective to ensure everyone regardless of their background, age, gender, or address – achieves their best potential, whether that is through education or the workforce.”
Our Executive Director Lorraine Gilligan said, “We greatly look forward to working with the Department on achieving this objective, by continuing to encourage participation across Irish society in European programmes like Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, EPALE and eTwinning. These programmes seek to promote equal opportunities and access, and ensure diversity and fairness across the education, training and youth sectors. We are delighted to see a commitment to advancing Government priorities through engagement with European funding programmes embedded in the strategy.
We welcome also the commitment to advance North/South cooperation through projects under the Peace+ Programme. As co-partners in the Peace IV Collaboration through Sharing in Education (CASE) programme for primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland, we have seen the transformative impact of the programme in promoting tolerance and mutual understanding among those from different communities and backgrounds.”
You can read the full Statement of Strategy on the DFHERIS website (pdf, 4.1MB).
Léargas also work in close collaboration with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, which recently published its own Statement of Strategy. We are delighted to see ‘continuing work on the Erasmus programme’ recognised as an area of collaborative work for the Department.