DkIT Host International Project Exploring Arts and Mindfulness in Education27 May 2022
Dundalk Institute of Technology hosted an innovative and collaborative international project which was undertaken to create supportive teaching content for early years and primary schools. The DkIT Music Programme along with the Early Childhood Studies Programme accommodated a weeklong event for the Erasmus+ ‘Arts and Mindfulness in Education’ (AMiE) project which focused on mindful learning and involved students and staff from the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Norway, and Ireland.
The goal of the week was to create a series of short arts-based mindfulness resource videos to be used by preschool and primary school teachers. Videos were created, filmed and produced in DkIT and the Institute’s students and staff were integral to the high quality of the final product. A special note of appreciation to the DkIT year 4 Film students that volunteered to support the video production and were responsible for the excellence of the finished content.
As part of the weeklong activities, DkIT facilitated workshops in mindfulness and the creative arts along with training sessions in video filming and editing. The week also comprised of collaborative meetings, social activities for staff and students which included a visit to Dublin.
The videos created during the project were shown on Friday afternoon and a final closing session took place in the Recital Room Fr Mc Nally in the PJ Carrolls building. The students who participated in this project will have a chance to partake in a final weeklong training session and congress to be held in Belgium in March 2023. The conclusion next year of this Erasmus+ project will showcase the video lessons as well as the other outputs including a website, mindful music making, 100 FAQs, and curriculum framework.