Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (482)

Gary Gannon


482. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Education the status of the Citizens’ Assembly on the future of education as committed to in the programme for Government. [7441/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Programme for Government - Our Shared Future includes a commitment for a Citizens’ Assembly on the future of education. Experience internationally and here at home of citizen’s assemblies as exercises in deliberative democracy have been extremely positive.

Initial proposals to hold a citizens' assembly on education have been informed by proposals from the Burren College of Art, which called for the Assembly to examine issues such as how to properly position post-primary education for the 21st century and how to encourage greater creativity, student agency and resilience. Citizen Assemblies are run through the Department of the Taoiseach and my Department will be working with thaht Department to advance this commitment.