Region 6 comprises 4 full-time Education Centres
- Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre
- Donegal Education Centre (working in collaboration with the part-time Centre in Gort
- Mayo Education Centre
- Sligo Education Centre
The region supports the continuing professional learning needs of 502 Primary schools in addition to 76 Scoineanna Gaeltachta agus Gaelscoieanna and 87 Post-Primary schools in addition to 8 Scoileanna Gaeltachta agus Gaelscoileanna.
Carrick-on-Shannon Education CentreCarrick-on-Shannon Education Centre is housed in a very fine and solidly constructed Red- Brick Building originally built in 1940/1941 for the Marist Sisters and acquired by the Department of Education for adoption as an Education Centre in 1996. In adapting this Noviatiate building for the Education Centre use it was necessary to stick fairly closely to the room structure already set out.
However, Carrick on Shannon Education Centre has excellent facilities including two spacious lecture rooms, a resource room /library and a large ICT training room dedicated to the development and support of the education community in its catchment area which includes 174 schools in Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon.
All rooms are equipped with: Digital projection and wireless internet access. A smart board is available in our ICT training room and one of our lecture rooms has an Interactive whiteboard.
Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre Courses
Carrick on Shannon Education Centre Courses
Donegal Education CentreIn the early 90s a Teachers’ Study Group was set up at a meeting convened in Donegal Town, with the support and encouragement of Eileen Kent, Department of Education Inspector. In 1997 an education centre was sanctioned for Co. Donegal, with full-time status to be named County Donegal Education Centre. This formed part of the expansion of the network of full-time education centres from nine to twenty.
The total land area of County Donegal is 486,091 hectares, which represents 6.9% of the total land area of the state, encompassing also six offshore islands. Donegal is home to the largest Gaeltacht area in the country occupying almost one third of the land space of the county. This large geographical spread and peripharility presents its own set of challenges for the centre, in the delivery of the national and local continuing professional development for the teachers in the 178 primary and 28 post-primary schools in the county. These factors are taken into consideration when designing and delivering customised courses to address the locally identified needs of the teachers and schools in our catchment area and also the necessity to outreach throughout the county to ensure equity of access for all teachers.
In 1998 the centre piloted an Anti-Bullying project in collaboration with the Anti Bullying National Centre, Trinity College for the Department of Education and Science. The centre continues to promote and deliver this programme which adopts and embraces the wider school community approach and provides training for and liaises with, many regional and national bodies and agencies, wishing to avail of the services of our highly trained and experienced team.
County Donegal Education Centre due to its geographical position and the fact that it shares the border with three of the counties in Northern Ireland it behoves the centre to embrace opportunities for involvement in cross-border projects. Through these very valuable and fruitful partnerships the centre has developed and delivered accredited courses in the area of mediation and diversity.
The Department of Education and Science in acknowledging the need for specific resources for the teaching of Irish in Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools in the state, funded the Aiseanna Teagaisc na Gaeilge project. The project is managed by County Donegal Education Centre and the project team has designed and developed all materials for the teaching of Irish in all the Gaeilscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools in the country.
Donegal Education Centre Courses
Mayo Education CentreThe Mission Statement for Mayo Education Centre is as follows: "Mayo Education Centre aims to empower the local School Community and influence positively its quality of life in and for a changing world. It will achieve this aim by providing Support, Resources, Training and Opportunities for Personal and Professional Development, for all concerned."
Office Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 5.30pm ; Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm . Centre can open earlier in the morning upon request from facilitators/tutors. Open evenings and weekends upon request.
Facilities Mayo Education Centre is a custom built, award winning building offering educational facilities to teachers from Mayo and indeed from all over Ireland. The Mayo Education Centre facilities are second to none, comprising of: One Large Seminar Room: The Oval Room (Maol RÃ), Accomodates up to 75 people ; Two Medium Sized Meeting Rooms: (Loch Measca & Cruach Phádraig), which can be combined as one room (combimed room can accommodate up to 30 people); One Executive Boardroom: (Clann Mhuiris) - Accommodates up to 15 people
One ICT Training Room : ICT Room (Lough Ceara) with 18 networked computers.
Mayo Education Centre Courses
Sligo Education CentreSligo Education Centre aims to provide support to teachers and the wider education community, and to be an accessible and welcoming place of learning, reflection and social interaction.
Sligo Education Centre Courses