On February 6th, the Government published its plans to make Ireland a European leader in education within the next decade. This includes a comprehensive timeline and set of actions to be taken. Important actions being taken involve student wellbeing, assistance for disadvantaged learners, skill development (apprenticeships and traineeships), cost reduction for educational materials, new research initiatives, infrastructure support, after school care provision, and much more.
The Irish Computer Society is eager to help with the action that aligns directly with our objectives: Technology in education. This will include the implementation of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject in the next two years (by September 2018), development of computational thinking in young people through a new mathematics curriculum at primary level; and the formation of a dedicated advisory group to offer recommendations for the use of technology in education. ICS Skills has supported young learners for over two decades with its ECDL programme, designed to adapt to a variety of curricula and career paths. Our range of modules has expanded to target learners at secondary level, third level and who are active IT professionals looking to upskill.