TEACHERS from at least half a dozen schools from the Midwest region have signalled their intention to participate in this year’s Night of Ideas, a night of international debate celebrating the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations.
The Night of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées) is a global initiative by Institut Français taking place worldwide on Thursday 28th January and will focus on the theme: “Closer”.
Guests from diverse backgrounds will gather (online, this year) to discuss the theme all across the five continents.
This year, the French embassy in Ireland and its partners have decided to turn the one-night event into a series of evenings during which a number of digital screenings will be made available on an online platform and will be followed by debates on climate change.
One of the movies which will be shown is Home by renowned French photographer, reporter and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand from February 3rd to 12th. Access to the film will be completely free via a streaming platform.
Teachers from the following Midwest schools have notably expressed their interest to participate by organising various activities with their pupils: St Anne’s Secondary School (Tipperary town), Desmond College (Newcastle West), Colaiste Mhuire (Askeaton), Loreto Secondary School (Clonmel) or Hazelwood College (Dromcollogher).
Dr Loïc Guyon, Honorary Consul of France with jurisdiction over the Midwest region, who helped organise the event, commented: “In this time of global change, the environment is at the very heart of the discussions and we are convinced it is the role of everyone to think about it, particularly the young generation whose livelihood and future will depend on our and their ability to make our society more eco- friendly.
“We are delighted that so many teachers have decided to engage and make their pupils participate.”
For more information about this year’s events organised by the Embassy of France in Ireland, click on the following: https://ie.ambafrance.org/The-Green-Night-of-Ideas-in-Ireland-2021