This year sees the 40th anniversary of the opening of what would become the first Educate Together primary school in Ireland. In 1978, Dalkey School Project opened in a residential house.
The organisation is now announcing its intention to apply for a further 13 primary schools to open in 2019 serving communities in Cork, Dublin, Kildare and Meath.
Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together said:"It's a happy coincidence that the #VoteEducateTogether campaign is opening the same year that Educate Together celebrates its 40th birthday. It's a fitting way to celebrate the legacy of those educational pioneers such as Aine and Bill Hyland, Michael Johnson and Florrie Armstrong that took that leap of faith with the founding of the Dalkey School Project in 1978. Back then, nobody could have predicted that by 2018 the Educate Together network would embrace 28,000 children, over 1,600 teachers and would have influenced educational policy in such a positive way. It's a tribute to them and to the courage and dedication of the nascent Educate Together school communities in the intervening years that we are now in a position to apply for 13 new schools to open in 2019.’
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