DCAL Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has highlighted summer activities to encourage young people and families to access the diverse range of activities, events and resources provided by the culture, arts and leisure sectors over the summer months.
Publicising activities planned by the Department’s Arm Length Bodies and other organisations the Minister said:
“As another academic year has closed many children look forward to the long school holidays. I know as a parent however that keeping children and teenagers amused can be a job in itself.
“This is why I am publicising this range of learning and leisure opportunities bringing together, in one place, many of the events being organised by the culture, arts and leisure sector this summer. These include exhibitions and activities such as theatre workshops, introductory angling sessions and sporting opportunities. There are also innovative programmes covering science, technology, animation, languages, music, books and reading.
“By taking part children and young people are able to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. I would encourage everyone to check out the selection of activities http://www.dcalni.gov.uk . Many of these opportunities, across the north, are free to all.
“Promoting educational resources and learning based activities over the summer months will benefit all and help to address evidence that some children, particularly those from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds, can fall back academically as result of the long school holiday.”