Is Laois home to some of the most inspiring teachers in Ireland?
A new national initiative, Teachers Inspire, is aiming to find out.
Teachers Inspire Ireland is an initiative of Dublin City University, focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society.
It is now open for people in Laois – and across the country – to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and/or their community.
Stories can be submitted through here, and can be in either written or video format.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday June 30.
After the closing date, a shortlist of the most compelling stories will be selected and profiled on the website.
The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on September 27, at which teachers from across the country (one from each province) will be acknowledged and celebrated.
As he launched Teachers Inspire, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, said: “I welcome the development of this initiative, which acknowledges the pivotal contribution of teachers to our society.
“Throughout Ireland, teachers go above and beyond to give their students the best possible learning experience. They not only teach, they motivate, encourage and inspire.”
The President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “Teachers Inspire wants to hear from Laois people about teachers who have inspired excellence, passion, imagination, creativity, compassion and courage.
“We hope to see a strong response from people across the county who, I’m sure, have excellent stories to tell about the teachers who inspired them.”