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Home Economics Skills for Life

Home Economics  Skills for Life

The Home Economics Department, St. Angela’s College made a presentation to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. when he visited Sligo on Friday 22nd February 2019.
An Taoiseach heard how Home Economics makes a valuable contribution in teaching students essential lifeskills. As a post-primary school subject, it develops students’ understanding and skills to achieve an optimal, healthy and sustainable life across the areas of food, health and culinary skills; responsible family living; and textiles and craft.
Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics Department, St Angela’s College and Dr Elaine Mooney, Lecturer in Home Economics made the presentation in advance of the 2019 World Home Economics Day which takes place annually on 21st March.
Ms McCloat also welcomed the recent recommendation, made by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs on Childhood Obesity, to make Home Economics mandatory, on a phased basis, for all Junior Cycle students. The Home Economics Department was instrumental in shaping the recommendation with Amanda McCloat and Dr Elaine Mooney presenting to the Oireachtas Committee in Leinster House on 30th May 2018.
“Home Economics is a life skills subject,” added Ms McCloat, “It is the only school subject where young people are afforded the opportunity to learn how to cook.  It develops students’ practical food and health literacy skills empowering them with not just the nutritional knowledge but also the practical hand on skills to integrate healthy food choices into their own daily eating habits”.
St Angela’s College is the only provider of third level education in Home Economics and are delighted to announce they have extended their provision from September 2019 with a new level 8, four-year, honours degree - Bachelor of Arts Home Economics. The BA Home Economics is aimed at students who are passionate about the subject and aspire to be Home Economists working in the community or industry setting advocating for sustainable health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. This is in addition to the very popular teacher education programmes Bachelor Arts (Education, Home Economics and Biology/Religious Education/Gaeilge) and Professional Masters in Education (with Home Economics).

Dr Elaine Mooney, Home Economics Lecturer, St. Angela's College, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D., Ms Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics Department, St. Angela's College

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