President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the nation’s faculty communities for his or her “beneficiant dedication” in guaranteeing colleges may stay open safely through the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Talking in a web-based video for “Go raibh maith agaibh” (GRMA) day, which seeks to thank faculty communities for his or her work this 12 months, Mr Higgins counseled all members of the college communities, together with lecturers, cleaners and boards of administration.
“The early months of the coronavirus pandemic threw into sharp focus the very important function that colleges play within the lives of our youngsters and the way integral they’re to the wholesome functioning of our younger folks and our society,” he mentioned.
“Might I acknowledge and commend you for the beneficiant dedication we’ve got witnessed from our college communities throughout this 12 months of unprecedented challenges. Regardless of the circumstances thrown up by having to answer the virus, your dedication to the nation’s youngsters has remained steadfast.”
Mr Higgins mentioned all members of the college communities had labored diligently to make sure younger folks may return to varsities that will “function beneath the most secure situations attainable”.
“I’m conscious of the various advanced plans and processes that needed to be drawn up and the enormously remodeled faculty surroundings and dealing day, to which you all needed to adapt to make this occur,” he mentioned.
“Might I thanks for all the beneficiant sacrifices made; your flexibility, compassion, and professionalism has ensured that our younger folks have been capable of resume their schooling, keep and develop friendships and proceed to develop and study alongside their friends in a constructive and nurturing faculty surroundings.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin described the communities as “heroes” through the pandemic.
“The truth that we had been capable of facilitate our youngsters going again to high school in September, and protecting them there through the second wave of the pandemic, was made attainable solely due to the dedication and professionalism of our principals, lecturers, particular wants assistants, directors, care takers, cleaners, classroom assistants, our total faculty communities,” he mentioned.
Main and post-primary school rooms throughout Ireland will pause on Friday to air a video of collective acknowledgement from main figures in Eire to have a good time the continuing work in protecting college students protected and colleges open.
A number of different politicians and celebrities, together with Minister for Overseas Affairs Simon Coveney, presenter Ryan Tubridy, former rugby participant Paul O’Connell and former Republic of Eire goalkeeper Packie Bonner are additionally featured within the video, paying tribute to high school communities.