Creative Kids is a new documentary on RTE, focused on creativity and the Arts in primary and secondary schools around Ireland.
Parents all across the country have praised the documentary since it aired last night, hailing it "a wonderful initiative" and a fantastic way to inspire young minds. An initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, the project is supported by the Arts Council, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Filmed pre-lockdown, the documentary follows five schools over the course of the academic year, showing how they implemented the Creative Schools project and encouraged their students to think about creativity and the Arts "in a whole new way". Schools in each of the four provinces took part with two schools from Dublin, one from Kerry, one from Mayo and one from Donegal getting involved with the show.
Students and teachers came together to discuss what type of project they'd like to work on, and viewers have been amazed at the young students' passion and enthusiasm - with one saying that it's "a refreshing reminder of the innate brilliance of kids".
Congrats to all the children who featured in tonight’s #creativekids doc, & their teachers too. A refreshing reminder of the innate brilliance of kids & how top priority of education system should be just not to stifle that!
— emma o kelly (@emma_okelly) May 3, 2020
— Sandra Irwin-Gowran (@IrwinGowran) May 3, 2020
A massive well done & thank you to @AnnaRodgersDocs & @FilmsFrontline for their beautiful documentary #CreativeKids. You captured the joy of @StepasideETSS & gave our students an opportunity to shine. Showcasing the power of creativity @poetryireland @SETSSGuidance @GetupGoals https://t.co/XsT0dLv6zb
— Sallie Ennis (@sallieennis) May 3, 2020
— Catherine Drea (@foxglovelane) May 3, 2020
Well done @StepasideETSS and all the other schools who featured in #CreativeKids @rte. Showing how creativity when nurtured fosters a real sense of wellbeing, self confidence and deep learning. https://t.co/cTWas7eTIY
— Ms.Ronan (@LronanLouise) May 4, 2020
Several viewers were so touched by seeing the impact of art in children's lives that they were moved to tears by the show adding that "it just shows the avenues that creativity can lead kids down".
I have tears in my eyes watching #creativekids It just shows the avenues that creativity can lead kids down 💖
— Sarah Jane Gerrard (@plainjanegerard) May 3, 2020
— Luke Casserly (@LukeCasserlyIRL) May 3, 2020
— Aoife Kelleher (@aoifekelleher) May 3, 2020
With a firm focus on inclusivity and diversity, parents and teachers alike have thanked Creative Kids for encouraging students to follow their creative dreams. Well worth the watch if you haven't done so already.
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