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Wednesday 23 October 2019

European teachers descend on Wexford for conference

RAMSGRANGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL HOSTS EDUCATION CHIEFS

CONOR CULLEN

RAMSGRANGE Community School hosted a major education conference last Thursday.

Head teachers from all over Europe made their way to Wexford for the conference, which was held in the school on Thursday and at the Talbot Hotel in Wexford town on Friday.

A total of 41 delegates from 13 EUmember States came to Ramsgrange Community School, which joined the 'Euro Project' in 1990 and participated in its first major conference in Geldrop in Holland. The Euro Project grew from an idea some teachers in Europe had of setting up an international group of schools from several countries that could collaborate together, have exchanges among themselves and learn from best practice. That idea was very much put into action in Wexford last week, with Ramsgrange the venue for the beginning of a new two-year project under the Comineus Programme, whose aims and objectives fit in with those of the Euro Project.

The new project is called ETHOS ( Equality through Harmony, Open Mindedness and Solidarity) and so the majority of last week's conference was concerned with planning for the next two years. However, it was not all work and no play as the visiting teachers also got to experience some of the best restaurants and tourist attractions that the Model County has to offer. On Saturday the delegates enjoyed part in a historical walk of Wexford town accompanied by Colm MacConfhaola, a former teacher in Ramsgrange CS, and this was followed by a historical tour of south west Wexford , including the Hook Lighthouse, with local historian Billy Colfer leading that tour.

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