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Ruane celebrates European Languages Day

26 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, was today celebrating European Languages Day at Shimna Integrated College - a specialist languages school in Newcastle.

Speaking at the event Ms Ruane said:

"As a Spanish and Irish speaker, I have long believed that the ability to speak more than one language can open up a world of new opportunities.

"Learning a second language can help our young people to become creative, confident and articulate individuals, able to play their full part in society and achieve their full potential.

"We all know that the world is becoming a smaller place because of improvements in communication and technology. As a result, there is an increase in the number of international opportunities open to young people with bi-lingual skills. Speakers of European languages are well equipped to explore employment opportunities in the offices of the European Union or the United Nations and many other organisations.

"I would like to thank the Principal of Shimna College, Kevin Lambe, and all the staff and young people who have made my visit such an enjoyable one." ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. The first European Day of Languages took place on 26 September 2001 as part of the European Year of Languages 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union.
  2. Shimna Integrated College was designated as a language Specialist School in September 2006 with French, German, Spanish and Irish as the four main subject areas.

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