Education is at the heart of The Heritage Councils work programme. With knowledge comes a greater sense of responsibility and appreciation of the value of Heritage as it contributes to our quality of life.
The Heritage Council's Education Policy is defined by the following guiding principle:
A commitment to support education initiatives within and between schools, local museums and other education facilities and/or which meet the interests and needs of the community through making heritage accessible and relevant, including initiatives undertaken during National Heritage Week.
National Heritage Week The Heritage Council coordinates and promotes National Heritage Week. In 2011, over 600,000 people attended a record 1,500 events around the country during the week in August. It involved over 700 event organisers from community groups and volunteers, cultural institutions, and State Agencies. This is the largest example in Ireland of diverse stakeholders across State Agencies and civil society successfully working together to promote the value of Ireland’s heritage.
Heritage in Schools Scheme The Heritage in Schools scheme is a joint initiative of the Heritage Council and the INTO. The scheme is unique in Ireland and provides a panel of over 165 diverse Heritage Specialists who work directly with children in primary schools throughout the country, at the request of the school. The visit by the Heritage Specialist is part-funded by the school and the remaining costs are funded by the Heritage Council. In 2011, the Heritage in Schools Scheme facilitated 1,595 school visits reaching 118,620 children nationally.