16 May 2022

Derry to host a major online learning festival which claims to have something for everyone

Wide range of subjects on offer during two-day event

Derry to host a major online learning festival which claims to have something for everyone

The Mayor launches the online festival.

Derry is to host a major online learning festival.

Derry City and Strabane District Council have revealed a packed programme for the Virtual Learning Festival, which will take place on July 1st and 2nd.

Marking the city's membership of the UNESCO'S Global Network of Learning Cities, the festival – which is funded by the council, North West Regional College and Ulster University - will offer a wide range of online learning experiences and activities.

Events will take the form of information sessions, live presentations, short films and live chats.

Ulster University will host of variety of online events, from an interactive session on robotics to a discussion around language and identity.

With recent approval from the Executive Office for the opening of Magee's Graduate-Entry Medical School, medicine will also be a big focus from Ulster University, with Professor Louise Dubras, Foundation Dean of the GEMS, and Professor Tony Bjourson of C-TRIC discussing medicine in the 21st century.

North West Regional College lecturers will host a series of online events, ranging from swing dance style combinations, health and sport activities to include tips for a healthy lifestyle, first aid and holistic health, as well as online cooking demos.

For those who are looking for guidance on employment, Craft Training will be providing information sessions on creating a CV and interview skills, and will also provide tutorials on construction and catering.

With many people now spending a lot more time at home, the Virtual Learning Festival will also focus on technology and how it can be utilised in many different ways.

The Nerve Centre will provide bitesize tutorials on building your own iPad animation, creating a timelapse animation, and even how to get the best out of your webcam for Zoom meetings, while Allstate will discuss the important topic of cyber safety for kids through an interactive session.

The North West Japanese Cultural Group will look at Japanese folktale in Irish and creating origami paper crafts.

The Cedar Foundation will deliver an important presentation on disability awareness.

Participants can also develop their skills in the kitchen with a lesson in making pizza dough and Italian basics from U3A, or some crazy kitchen science from STEM Aware.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Brian Tierney, said the range of events really captured the essence of what learning is about for all ages.

"Looking at the wonderful and wide-ranging programme that has been put in place for this festival is extremely exciting – there really is something for everyone and I think it has been adapted really well to fit in with the current climate in taking the festival online.

"We can all do with learning new things, whether it's a new skill or education on really important issues like disability awareness or the role medicine plays in our society.

"This programme celebrates everyone, from our young children to our students, and the adults out there as well – it's never too late to learn!

"Our current situation can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, and this festival offers the perfect solution, by picking up new skills and information, and by utilising technology in a way that we may never have needed before.”

More details about the festival are available on the council's website.

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