The President of Ireland has thanked children, parents and teachers for continuing to learn at home while schools are closed.

In a letter, president Michael D.Higgins described RTÉ Home School Hub as "an inspiring and imaginative initiative" and said that while it's a difficult time for many young people, they, parents and teachers have risen to the challenge by continuing to learn at home.

"Although we may be physically parted from each other, we are united in our wish to continue to learn and work to the best of our ability," he wrote.

"The Home School Hub will be of enormous assistance to you all, uniting the nation's children as they continue their educational journey during these difficult days."

The President gave his thanks to everyone who made the initiative possible adding that he commends "all the children who have come together to engage with this most valuable and generous resource." 

President Michael D.Higgins' letter to Home School Hub in English
President Michael D.Higgins' letter to Home School Hub in Irish

Here is the letter in full.

Message from President Michael D. Higgins

I would like to send my best wishes to all those taking part in the RTÉ Home School Hub.

The Home School Hub, which brings children across Ireland together in one great virtual classroom, is an inspiring and imaginative initiative. It reminds us that, although we may be physically parted from each other, we are united in our wish to continue to learn and work to the best of our ability.

I am aware that this is a difficult time for the many young people whose education has been interrupted by the Coronavirus crisis. Despite this children across the country have been continuing to learn at home since the closure of our schools and I thank them, their parents, and their teachers for rising to this difficult challenge.

The Home School Hub will be of enormous assistance to you all, uniting the nation's children as they continue their educational journey during these difficult days.

I thank all those who have made this initiative possible and I commend all the children who have come together to engage with this most valuable and generous resource.

Michael D. Higgins
Uachtarán na hÉireann
President of Ireland