Participants of the 'Unravelling Laois' project with their Laois/Offaly ETB tutors, Denise Dunne and Mary Delaney
A Portlaoise based family learning project aspires to capture some of the hidden gems of the county by ‘Unravelling Laois’.
An art exhibition and book launch was held on May 2 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre to celebrate 'Unravelling Laois', a family learning project that took place in Portlaoise.
'Unravelling Laois' started to unfold when a group of parents in Scoil Bhride enabled their family learning project to take on a different dimension when they developed an interest in history. The DEIS funded programme, in collaboration with the HSCL in Scoil Bhride, Adult Literacy Service in Laois Offaly ETB supported these parents in visiting a range of historical sites in Laois during the autumn months of 2017.
Laois Offaly Local Link ensured that the group arrived at each destination safely and returned everybody to the school full of imagination. After each trip, the parents reflected on their adventures through artwork and creative writing. With the encouragement of their tutors, Denise Dunne and Mary Delaney, they have created art that illustrates their new understanding of the history of this county along with compiling a book through their own book club, that captures all their experiences throughout the project.
This inspirational project is family learning in its true sense, supporting parents to help their children learn and providing them with an opportunity to develop their own learning skills.
The project developed further and it was decided that the group publish a passport at the end of their travels, for parents to use when bringing their children to each of the sites during the summer months.
This passport was taken to the next level with the support of Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer, and will be distributed to all primary schools in Laois in the coming months and will be available from the Dunamaise Arts Centre and all the sites the project visited.
Unravelling Laois will be exhibited in Dunamaise Arts Centre for the month of May. Drop in and don’t forget to collect your passport at reception - happy travels.