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Developing your talents and abilities

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What does this mean?

This right is about the type of education you should get.

It’s your right that your education is balanced – it is not only about academic subjects like maths and writing, it is also about drama, sports and music and learning to respect the environment and each other.

EXAMPLE: In transition year, you usually try lots of different activities like drama, debating, learning a new language or self-defence.

Learn more about this right

  • Article 29 of the UNCRC says that “your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.”
  • Under the Education Act 1998, the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA) was established. The NCCA write the exams for the subjects you do in schools and they try to make it as inclusive and diverse as possible.
  • The aims of education in Ireland are not written in law. The Department of Education in Ireland have a holistic view of learning in schools – this means learning should be balanced and centred around the child as a learner.
  • Wellbeing in schools is important for the Government. It emphasises the need for children and young people to develop a broad range of skills, competencies and values that enable active citizenship, lifelong learning and personal wellbeing