The growth of creative learning centres in Derry boosts achievement in crucial education subjects, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.
Ms Anderson made the comment at a Creative Learning Conference held in the Guildhall on Friday organised by the Nerve Centre.
The MEP said the creative technologies promoted by courses in the Nerve Centre compliments the STEM subjects required to develop the local economy.
“Our culture and creativity has been nurtured over generations through music, literature and song being embedded within our communities, our schools and in the very fabric of the place.
“This deep seated tradition of cultural learning which has helped to define Derry has been central to the development of the Creative Learning Centres and their work in digital creativity which brings us here today,” she said.
The Sinn Féin MEP said the new skills fostered by creative technologies is essential for students. “By making learning more enjoyable, learning performance is improved at all ability levels.
“In addition to this, and equally importantly, this approach removes barriers to learning and fosters inclusivity and equality in education and learning in schools and communities,” she said.
Ms Anderson added; “The notion of STEAM, adding the Arts to the STEM subjects, is the very essence of what the Creative Learning Centres are about. Using the fun and enjoyment that we all get out of unlocking our imaginations and our creativity to make learning around the STEM subjects more relevant, more interesting offers the real opportunity to make learning in these areas more accessible.”