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College Awareness Week 2016

CAW is taking place between 21-27 November

Written by Michelle O'Connor and posted in news

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College Awareness Week (CAW) is running from 21-27 November, to promote benefits of further and higher education. The week was launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, Kerry footballer Colm Cooper and students from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush.

The campaign encourages students of all ages and social and economic backgrounds to consider their options and to become ‘college-ready’.

CAW is a multi-organisational and collaborative campaign which invites communities across Ireland to host events in schools, after-school programmes, Colleges of Further and Higher education, libraries and businesses, among others. These community events aim to raise awareness of the opportunities available and to showcase local personalities who have benefitted from further education.

The campaign wants to change current attitudes and trends towards higher education among the marginalised groups in Irish society, such as people with disabilities, those from ethnic minorities and members of the Traveller community. CAW hopes to break down barriers to accessing information on further education by providing community libraries and clubs with information about further education.

Since it started in 2014, College Awareness Week has been a huge success. Last year over 700 events took place across Ireland, and this year the organisers expect the number to increase to 1,000 events.

Minister Richard Bruton said “I am delighted to give my support to this great initiative. One of the core objectives of our recently published Action Plan for Education is to increase participation in higher and further education by those from socially disadvantaged communities.”

Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Clive Byrne, said that “one in five current school leavers in Ireland still do not proceed to any form of post-secondary education. The campaign’s focus in highlighting the benefits of further education can also help provide a route back to employment for some of Ireland’s almost 60% long-term unemployed”.

For more information and see what's going on in your community, visit the website.

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Published October 12th, 2016
Last updated January 5th, 2018
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