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Erne Newsletter March Update

State-of-the-art Kitchens to train the next generation of chefs

The Erne Campus will be home to some state-of-the-art facilities. This week, we hear from Catering Lecturer Claire Currid, who tells us about the resources the catering department will have to offer students. Claire says: “we’re very excited to get in and get going. The catering industry is evolving all the time. There are always so many new technologies and techniques and it’s wonderful to have the facilities to fully equip the students so that when they go out into the industry they’re doing so with all the necessary knowledge behind them.” Watch the video with Claire below.

One Planet Living Project Offers Potential for a More Sustainable Future 

We began our One Planet Living project in February, with the first in a series of workshops which brought together staff, students and departments to collaboratively create a ‘shared vision’ for a better, more sustainable future. At the first workshop, staff and students met online to discuss a framework that could potentially help people from all walks of life to plan, communicate and deliver sustainability and therefore support the College’s ambitious Sustainability Strategy. It is hoped that the One Planet Living project will help bring a happier, healthier, greener future to Enniskillen, across all the College’s campuses, and the south west region. 

One Planet Living is part of an international programme created by BioregionalAt the opening workshop, South West College staff and students outlined goals for how they hoped the College could adapt and improve with regards to sustainability. Future workshops will be held to formulate concrete actions to get us along the road to our goals and ultimately to help contribute to a vision of a better informed curriculum, more sustainable College estates and contributing to  the local District Councils’ sustainability aspirations.   

SWC Deputy Chief Executive, Jill Cush, said, “At South West College we have an abundance of students and staff from a variety of curriculum areas, all of whom have so much to offer when facing the challenges of sustainability. The One Planet Living framework is the perfect platform to bring these minds together and collaborate. There have already been real strides made from the first workshop and we look forward to more progress in the future. SWC Head of Services, Sharon McGrath, and Smart Region Collaborative Officer, Alan Strong, are leading on this exciting development” 

The Education Foundation for South Sudan

The Education Foundation for South Sudan was founded with the aim to raise enough funds to build a school for children in Rumbek in South Sudan, in line with the opening of the South West College Erne Campus. On July 9, 2011, with significant backing from the United States, South Sudan became independent of northern Sudan and sought its future as the newest country – and newest democracy – in the world. However, according to the World Bank, literacy in South Sudan is the lowest in the world, and the aspirations of the South Sudan people have been made even more difficult due to internal conflict that broke out between its leaders in late 2013. South West College’s Education Foundation for South Sudan hopes to help the country move forward with the ambitions it set in 2011. Watch the video below to find out more and keep an eye out across future editions of the Erne Newsletter and Front Page Friday for news of fundraising activities you can get involved with.

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