Yeats Among Schoolchildren, a competition inviting primary school students all over Ireland to submit an artwork based on a visual Interpretation of a Yeats Poem, has been launched through the Network of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland.
The aim of the competition is to honour the legacy of Ireland’s National Poet, WB Yeats by raising awareness among primary school children about the works of Yeats and its cultural and historical importance.
This is one of the primary events taking place this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prizewinning poet as part of Yeats2015, a year long programme of arts and cultural events and one of Ireland’s offical decade of commemorations events. This is the first time Ireland has honoured any one individual in this way.
Speaking at the competition launch, Mary Hough, from the Sligo Education Centre, who will lead this initiative said;
“We have been running this competition for a number of years in Sligo and are delighted to be working with Yeats2015, the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) to expand this Nationwide. Along with promoting access to and enjoyment of the poetry of WB Yeats, the competition aims to enable pupils to understand the language and imagery used in the poetry and promote greater literacy skills.”
Mary Hough went onto say, “Participating schools will also encourage children to discuss the competition at home, therefore further assisting in raising awareness of the poetry of WB Yeats and the important role literature can play in enriching our lives”.
The Yeats Among Schoolchildren competition invites children to draw, paint or write a poem based on one of WB Yeats’ poems. A book, with all the winning entries, will be published by Yeats2015 in conjunction with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the Association of Teachers/Education Centres in Ireland. The book will be launched at one of the key commemoration events around Yeats Birthday, 13th June and distributed to all primary schools and libraries nationwide. All primary schools will receive two free copies of the book.
Commenting about this initiative, Ian Brannigan, Acting CEO of the Western Development Commission (WCD) said, “Supporting the creative sector has always been of strategic importance to the WDC. We are pleased that Yeats Among Schoolchildren is one of the key events taking place as part of the Yeats2015 yearlong festivities as it will play a role in enabling greater awareness and understanding of the poetry of WB Yeats among the next generation in Ireland. It also makes the Yeats2015 programme very accessible, extending it to every school going child in the country.”
For more information on Yeats Among Schoolchildren and other Yeats2015 events, see www.Yeats2015.com.