Christmas for other Nationalities in Ireland
Christmas is a special time of for many families especially for those living away from home - the Irish abroad & the new Irish who have made this county their home. In studio with is Daisy Mauhay, who is senior Staff Nurse in St. Vincents Hospital & on the line are Harvey Vukovic, from Croatia & from Cameroon Michael Nkeng.
Happiness in Schools
At this time of year, we all like to think about happy children, planning for Santa Claus, snow, the picture painted on numerous ads of families gathered together & all been right with the world. But how do parents make sure their children stay happy? In studio with Kathryn is Jolanta Burke, psychology researcher in Trinity College, Dublin.
Ben & Jerrys
In 1978, Jerry Greenfield and his friend Ben Cohen learned how to make ice cream form a $5 correspondence course and then opened a homemade ice cream parlour in Burlington Vermont.
In 2000 they sold the company to Unilever, but it was agreed that they could maintain Ben & Jerry’s existing philanthropic apparatus and brand integrity. Today Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is ubiquitous around the world and the company is well known for its work in sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Ben and Jerry’s and Ashoka - a global association of more than 3,000 of the world's leading social entrepreneurs - are running Join Our Core, a global competition to celebrate those who are creating innovative new models for sustainable business to help make a difference in communities.
This year’s finale, held across London, Singapore & Tokyo saw finalists from eleven countries (UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Singapore and Japan) go head to head, with one young entrepreneur from each region crowned as a winner.
Finnish School System
Now imagine if you will an education system with no private schools, where children don’t start primary school til 7 years of age, where there are low study times and where a master's degree is the minimum qualification for a teacher. This is exactly the system that they have in Finland, which for the last decade, has come out on top of the OECD’s reports into education around the world.
As a result, Finnish graduates propelled Finland to the top of the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index in 2001 and they have stayed there or thereabouts ever since.
So, to what extent are we here in Ireland preparing are our young people to meet their own needs, and how ready are they to contribute to society - the demands of the workplace, the changing nation?
Well, 11% of students in Universities and 29% in Institutes of Technology drop out in their first year. So it would appear that there is room for improvement.
On Dec. 5 in NUI, Galway, Finnish Educationalist and Harvard Professor, Pasi Sahlberg will address 'Reforming Learning: Driving Success' a conference which look at these questions
Michael Gibbons - Survivor
In July 2005, the peak of the Celtic Tiger era, when three friends, Damien Bergin, Mark and Michael , hired a Robinson R44 helicopter to travel from Galway to the Tall Ships Races in Waterford. On their way back to the West, pilot Damien Bergin, lost his way in a thick blanket of fog and the helicopter crashed in a forested area on the northern slopes of Slieve Aughty.
Michael Gibbons was the only survivor of that crash but with horrific injuries to his head, limbs and body.
In his book Survivor, he tells how he painfully reconstructed his life and learned to live again.
Survivor is published by Londubh Books on 20th of November priced at €14.99 and available in all good bookshops. 100% of royalties will go towards Ciara Brown’s medical bills. Ciara is Michael Gibbon’s niece who was born with no lower limbs. For more information click here.