PHOTOS: Kerry ETB Schools’ Students Off To Paris For ‘She Runs’ Programme

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The girls from Kerry ETB schools who are representing Ireland at ‘She Runs’ event in Paris with teachers and mentors. Photo by Dermot Crean

TWELVE students from three of Kerry ETB’s schools will be representing Ireland on the ‘She Runs’ education programme.

This flagship event will be held in Paris next week and the international programme aims to promote physical activity, develop leadership and empower female students through school sport.

The three Kerry ETB schools are Castleisland Community College, Coláiste Gleann Lí and Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí.

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The 12 students along with three Kerry ETB teachers will join over 400 fellow students and their 100 mentors from 35 different countries to participate in multi-dimension activities linking sport, culture, education and innovation, while stressing the potential of sport in addressing gender equality.

They will particularly develop project management skills in the field of sport. During the event, students will share experiences, discover new physical activities and participate in a non-competitive race on March 13th starting under the Eiffel Tower and encompassing the heart of Paris.

Coláiste Gleann Lí students Samia Ali, Aleksandra Skotka, Chantelle Allen and Sophie Foran who are representing Ireland at ‘She Runs’ event in Paris. Photo by Dermot Crean

‘She Runs’ will be a year-long sport and education programme aimed at promoting gender equality through sport in their own school communities.

Aoife Ní Shuilleabhain a student from Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí said; “As a young sportsperson, to be chosen to take part in such a historic event is a dream come true. To be participating in an event that promotes gender equality is a sign that the future is bright. I am honoured to be representing my school, Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai, my family, my county and my country”.

Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí students Aoife Ní Shuilleabháin, Dearbhla Ní Choirc, Anna Ní Scannláin, Aoife Ní Dhuilleáin and teacher Elaine Ní Shuilleabháin who are representing Ireland at ‘She Runs’ event in Paris. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ola Skotak a student from Coláiste Gleann Lí said that “we are excited to go to Paris as it is a once in a life time chance.  It is a fantastic way to learn, explore and have fun.  We are thankful for this wonderful opportunity”.

Kerry ETB, Director of Schools, Youth and Music Ms. Ann O’Dwyer said “this is a wonderful opportunity for our young women to shine and to develop their leadership and active citizenship.  The students of Kerry ETB are representing the whole of Ireland at this inaugural event, and they will have the opportunity to contribute to future European Policy in relation to women and sport.  This participation of young women in sport is a priority for Kerry ETB through our physical education teachers network.”

Castleisland Community College students Chloe Barrett, Aoibhín O’Mahony, Jacinta Buckley (teacher), Bríd Anne Crowley and Rachel Murphy who are representing Ireland at ‘She Runs’ event in Paris. Photo by Dermot Crean

The UNESCO Chair in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ms.Catherine Carty stated that she was delighted to facilitate the involvement of Kerry ETB Schools in the ‘She Runs’ programme in Paris, the home of UNESCO HQ, and to continue to support Kerry ETB in its mission to empower all students including young women and people with disabilities, in and through physical education and sports.

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