Co-operation is Cool in Laois

The 11th Co-operation is Cool Awards ceremony took place in Laois Education Centre last month.

This event, which was attended by almost 200 people, was the culmination of many weeks and months work for many schools in the catchment area of Laois Education Centre, which includes schools based in Laois, Offaly and North Tipperary.

The Co-operation is Cool project is based on the Co-operative model and has its origins in the book by Teddy Fennelly called “A Triumph of Co-operation over Adversity’.

It focuses on the knowledge that young people have around co-operation and the history of the co-operative movement and its importance in Ireland. The project also introduces the concept of working together to young people as ICOS, Glanbia and Laois Education Centre are doing so successfully with this project.

This year, 200 pupils from 6 primary and 3 post-primary schools exhibited 18 projects. The pupils have been supported by their teachers, the curriculum resource materials prepared by Paddy Bates of Laois Education Centre, parents and their local community in preparing their projects.

The overall prize of a Mini iPad was presented by Sean Hearne representing the Co-operation is Cool Strategy Group, and Mr Gerry Buckley, CEO NIS, Rahan (one of the main sponsors) to Coláiste Choilm Tullamore for their project blog ‘www://

The best primary project which focused on the cooperative movement was won by St Joseph’s NS Tullamore with their project ‘Homes from around the World’.

Paddy Bates who mc’d the evening, welcomed and thanked teachers, parents, pupils, judges, partners Glanbia and the sponsors NIS and ICOS. Paddy presented each participating school with a framed certificate.




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