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John O’Dowd has congratulated local teacher David Young



At the event in Prague, Mr Young, a teacher at Limavady High School won first prize in the “Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking” category for his work with his Technology and Design students. Microsoft Partners in Learning hosts national and regional events throughout the year that recognise innovative educators and school leaders. These competitions culminate in the Partners in Learning Global Forum.

The Minister said: “I want to congratulate David on his well deserved award at the Microsoft Global Forum. He was joined by teachers from over 80 countries around the world who had made it through a competition that started with more than 250,000 participants, so to win first prize in his category is an absolutely wonderful achievement.

“I met David recently and was very interested to hear about the inspiring and innovative work he was doing with his students in Limavady High School. This success will rightly be a source of great pride for David, his pupils and everyone involved with the school.”

The Minister continued: “In today’s global economy it is vitally important that we do all that we can to encourage our young people to study STEM subjects. In recent years there has been an upturn in pupils choosing to study STEM subjects to A-Level and I have no doubt that teachers like David, of which we have many, have helped to make this possible by making STEM subjects more fun, interesting and accessible.”

In addition to David Young, three schools from here attended the event as part of the Innovative Schools programme, which was designed to connect school leaders with common interests. St Mary’s College, Derry, Ashfield Girls High School, Belfast and St. Pius X, Magherafelt participated in the mentoring and pathfinder programmes with other schools from around the world.

The Minister said: “I was also pleased to see that three other local schools attended this prestigious event and I hope the representatives from St Mary’s College, Ashfield Girls’ and St Pius’ found the experience both enjoyable and beneficial. It is great to see the power that technology has to connect teachers and their students around the world to drive further progression in the STEM sector.”


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