The third conference organised by the SPHE Network [www. sphenetwork.ie] took place in the School of Education on Saturday November 12th 2016. The theme of the conference was "Citizenship Education -100 years on". The Conference was opened by Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan and the keynote address was delivered by Dr Maeve O'Brien and Dr Andrew O Shea of DCU.
Delegates arrived to a resource fair where they learned about the Road Safety Authority, safefood, Rainbows Ireland, Trocaire and Eco-Unesco among others.
During the conference the constitutional call to cherish all of our children equally was explored. Papers represented the voices of children from Nigerian families, children living in direct provision and children with disabilities. Several papers and workshops focused on sexual citizenship and explored how schools can create an inclusive environment. Emerging pedagogies included approaches to teaching about Climate Change and Migration and an exploration of identity, conflict, citizenship and the environment through picture books.
80 participants, including students, teachers, lecturers in ITE and Education Officers from NGOs took part in a day which left people energised and encouraged.
Professor Philip Nolan delivering his opening address
Professor Philip Nolan (President, Maynooth University) and Professor Marie Mc Loughlin (Head of Department, Maynooth University Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education) with Froebel Department students
who helped organise the 3rd SPHE Network conference.
Froebel Department Graduates and NQTs participating in the SPHE Network conference
Professor Philip Nolan (President, Maynooth University) and Professor Marie Mc Loughlin (Head of Department, Maynooth University Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education) with conference participants.