The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland is the statutory, independent body for the teaching profession and is dedicated to enhancing the status of teaching and promoting the highest standards of professional conduct and practice.
Do you have students in your school who deserve to be recognised for their volunteer work? Then encourage them to apply for the Pramerica Spirit of Community Award! This new programme recognises post primary, secondary-level students from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for community service activities, and is co-sponsored by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland, (GTCNI).
In September, all secondary-school Principals will receive applications to distribute to students who have engaged in volunteer work over the previous year. Students' applications must be completed by October 26th 2006, then certified by a Principal and submitted for judging by November 10th 2006. The top 20 finalists will be announced in February 2007 and then acknowledged at a gala dinner ceremony in March 2007. There, they will receive €500 cash prizes and beautifully engraved silver medallions. Also at the dinner, two of the finalists will be named All-Ireland's Youth Volunteers of the Year, winning an additional €500, gold medallions, €1,000 for the charities of their choice, and a trip to Washington, D.C., in May to attend the national recognition events of the American Spirit of Community Awards programme.
The Spirit of Community Awards programme was created by Prudential Financial Inc. in the U.S. in 1995, and has recognised more than 70,000 young volunteers over the past 11 years. The programme has elicited praise from educators, parents, elected officials and news media for communicating to young people the importance of volunteer service in their communities. Among the many prominent personalities who have participated in the programme are Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Magic Johnson, John Glenn, Madeleine Albright, Rudy Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg and Colin Powell. The programme has also been introduced in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
In addition to NAPD and GTCNI, the awards programme in Ireland is being sponsored by Pramerica Financial, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial. For more information, contact NAPD at www.napd.ie or GTCNI at www.gtcni.org.uk.