The Outsider

Students in Every Town & Village in Ireland Urged to Participate

Alice Leahy, Director & Co-Founder of TRUST has announced that the National Essay Competition to promote more awareness of the outsiders in our society organised as part of the TRUST National Project for Transition Year Students has been put back to February 28th next to give students and teachers more time to participate given recent developments in the second level sector.

Urging Transition Year students from every town and village in Ireland to take part Alice Leahy said:

“At a time when Irelands has never been richer it is disappointing that we seem to be less generous and more intolerant towards anyone who does not fit in. The key message we are trying to get across is that anyone of us could become an outsider and only when we acknowledge that fact can we start to build a truly inclusive society where everyone can feel welcome and accepted for what they are. We selected the theme “The Outsider” for the essay competition as a practical way of giving students in Transition Year a way of addressing that issue for themselves and hope as many as possible will participate because we hope to publish as many essays as possible when the competition is over.”

A special Education Pack was created as part of the TRUST Transition Year Project and sent to all Transition Years in October including a video copy of the acclaimed documentary A FRAGILE CITY, with copies of a specially designed poster; a manual entitled “Suggestions for Transition Year Students & Teachers” as well as the booklet “TRUST” A web site was also launched as part of this initiative – and students are also invited to enter the essay competition on-line or by post!

A number of valuable prizes are also on offer for the winners including a lap top computer and £100 in book and music tokens for the overall winner with four runner up prizes of a mini disc player and £100 in music and book tokens.