Coláiste Ailigh teacher Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird has gained top marks from a past student who has nominated him for a special award. Caoimhe Ní Chathail, a broadcast journalist from Donegal, has put Mac a’ Bhaird’s name forward for a Teachers Inspire award in recognition of his endless inspiration as an Irish and History teacher.From Árainn Mhór in Donegal, Proinsias is also a well-known writer of prose and poetry. The new Teachers Inspire initiative is aimed at highlighting and celebrating the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society. Reflecting on her time at school, Caoimhe credited Prionsais Mac A’Bhaird as the teacher who had the strongest influence on her: “As students who were already fluent Irish speakers, we needed extra inspiration… He encouraged our interest and respect for the language, something which confirmed for me that I should continue with Irish in University and in my career.“He was a source of expertise and he was always happy to share information, to inspire our writing and to encourage us to do our own research. These are all essential elements of my job as a journalist – so who knows where I would be without his classes.” Over the past month, people all over Ireland have been urged to nominate teachers who transformed their lives and/or their community. Stories of inspiring teachers can be submitted through the teachersinspire.ie website for a limited number of days, with the closing date for submissions on Saturday the 30th of June. The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on the 27th of September.Some of the stories received to date focus on a teacher in the 1940s, who provided free secondary education for students in her locality. Another one is of a secondary school maths teacher, who supported one of his students to come out as a gay young man in the early 1990s. Commenting today, the President of DCU, Professor Brian McCraith said, “We have received some remarkable entries to date about the transformative role teachers from Donegal – and across the country – have played in people’s lives, and the lasting impact they have had on their communities. We are delighted this initiative is highlighting the hugely important role teachers have played in Irish life – and continue to play – and we look forward to receiving even more inspiring entries before the deadline on 30th June.”Letterkenny teacher gets glowing report – from former pupil! was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caoimhe Ní ChathailColaiste AilighProinsias Mac a’ Bhaird
Career-orientated education, paid apprenticeships and employer-run courses were among the most common innovation suggestions offered by the students. (Image: Media Club South Africa)It has been established that the vast majority of students across the globe favour courses that equip them with practical knowledge that can be applied in their various fields of study and bridge the gap between a learning environment and a working one.This was discovered after a global index compiled by Laureate International Universities and Zogby Analytics was released earlier this year.South African students echoed the sentiments of their global counterparts, with 97% of those surveyed agreeing that universities should offer them an opportunity to take on educated entrepreneurial and leadership roles in society.Monash South Africa (MSA), which has been a partner and a part of the Laureate International Universities network since 2013, conducted the survey at their campus in order to provide the global contingent with statistics representing the opinions of local students.Chief executive officer of both MSA and Africa Operations Laureate International Universities, Esther Benjamin, says, “This survey is part of an ongoing dialogue with students to address their needs and empower them with skills relevant to South African and global markets.“As strong student outcomes are of the utmost importance, it is vital that we are able to respond to the needs of our students as well as the employment market.”The survey was compiled using the responses of some 23 000 Laureate students and more than 4,000 non-Laureate students across 22 countries.The survey has offered some insight into the attitudes of students towards tertiary institutions and also provides information that will allow such institutions to tweak their courses in order to cater to the needs of their students.The survey also revealed that, along with having an entrepreneurial mind-set, just over 76% of the South African students that took part in the survey felt innovation is an important part of the university curriculum, 10% higher than the global trend.Career-orientated education, paid apprenticeships and employer-run courses were among the most common innovation suggestions offered by the students.Emphasising the importance of providing great education, Benjamin said, “In an increasingly competitive job market, students not only want their educators to provide them with skills, but with a reliable bridge into employment”.This proved to be a priority both locally and globally with 93% of the students saying universities should work closely with employers to ensure the content covered in the courses is practical and applicable in the working world.This adds to the call for corporate South Africa to get involved in the education of their future employees.93% of the students who took part in the survey said that universities should work closely with employers to ensure the content covered in the courses is practical and applicable in the working world. (Image: Media Club South Africa)FEEL GOOD FACTORAnother interesting trend the survey revealed was the general intention to “do good” among students with more than 85% of them seeing the need to apply their skills for social and environmental purposes.Eighty-eight percent of South African students wanted to empower those less fortunate and 89% were concerned with protecting the environment.“This trend is clearly visible in MSA’s focus on corporate social responsibility initiatives, many of which are initiated and led by the students themselves,” says Benjamin.“This year, the global “Here for Good” award, which recognises the social impact of students from across the Laureate network, was won by one of our South African students, Lebo Sekhotla for her education initiative for local school learners.”Watch Lebo Nnoi Patience Sekhotla, Laureate’s 2015 Here for Good Award winner:EDUCATION IS KEYMore than 75% of the students who took part in the survey thought their courses would better equip them with the skills to succeed as professionals.This coupled with the majority of the students believing that career prospects will look better for students in the future, indicates that students look to high quality education to differentiate themselves in future.“Access to quality higher education is a catalyst for transforming lives and societies,” said Douglas L. Becker, the founder, chairman and CEO of Laureate Education.“Meeting students’ expectations and delivering on a promise to provide them with the skills to meet their career aspirations should be the goals of every university.”
The life-changing Play Your Part series shares inspiring stories of ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things.Kabelo Mabalane, Play Your Part ambassador, has been travelling the country meeting South African philanthropists for the PYP TV series. (Image: Brand South Africa)The Play Your Part television series is back! The 26 episode docu-reality series has, since its launch in August 2017, consistently offered viewers an inspirational insight into the world of active citizenship and volunteerism by profiling citizens from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Presented by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane, the family show hopes to continue to empower viewers, young and old, to get involved in their individual communities and play their part in uplifting the spirit of South Africa.So far, episodes have featured the likes of Tebogo Ditshego, Mogau Seshoene, Esther Mahlangu, Professor Thabo Msibi, Alan Farber, and Dr Michael Mol, who shared their stories of active citizenship in the areas of literacy, local cuisine, art, education, film production and healthcare.There are still many more stories of inspiration that viewers can look forward to.Be sure to catch Play Your Part every Saturday, at 6pm on SABC 2.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Taking a cue from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s ‘Praja Sankalpa Padayatra’, launched before the State Assembly polls there, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray will set out on the first phase of his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ from July 18 in Jalgaon, in north Maharashtra. “Aadityaji had visited all Lok Sabha seats from where Shiv Sena candidates were contesting in the State. It was due to his hard work that the party won 18 LS seats. It is the demand of the people that he visit every tehsil before Assembly elections. Therefore he has decided to launch the Jan Ashirwad Yatra from July 18,” said Varun Sardesai, secretary, Yuva Sena. It will be a yatra to thank those who voted for the Sena and to win the hearts of those who did not, said Mr. Sardesai. “He will interact with the youngsters, and with people across various sections of the society during his yatra,” he said and added that the yatra will cover 4,000 kilometres. In the first phase of the yatra, Mr. Thackeray will start from Jalgaon on July 18, be in Dhule and Malegaon on July 19 and from there proceed to Nashik the next day. After travelling to Nashik rural on July 21, the first phase will culminate at Shirdi on July 22. Asked whether the yatra will go through Assembly constituencies which will be contested by Shiv Sena candidates only, Mr. Sardesai said that the target is to cover each and every tehsil of the State. “This yatra will benefit Sena candidates and those of our ally BJP,” he said.Commenting on whether the Sena was copying Mr. Reddy’s model in Andhra Pradesh, the Yuva Sena leader said the yatra is not a copy of anyone. “But if certain steps in other places have helped others, then there is no harm in replicating it in Maharashtra,” he said.