Press release: DVLA sets a new challenge

first_img Only for use by journalists and the media: 0300 123 2407 The DVLA Code Challenge was so successful that schools and sponsors enquired straight away about how they could sign up to the next competition, so we’ve decided to do it all over again. This year, we are adding a new age group and opening up the competition to children aged between 7 and 11, and 11 to 14. This means that we can include both primary and secondary school pupils. By taking part in the challenge, budding programmers can develop their coding abilities in a fun and engaging way. The competition also aims to promote teamwork and communication – these are all increasingly vital skills in the workplaces of today and tomorrow. Press office There will be an award day on Tuesday 4 December with fantastic educational prizes, a prize draw for all entrants, feedback on the entries from expert judges and a celebrity host.Full information, including details of how to enter the competition, is available on the DVLA Code Challenge website. DVLA has once again laid down the challenge to pupils across Wales to work in teams and design a computer game, with the winning entries set to receive thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment for their schools or community centres.The DVLA Code Challenge was first launched last year to promote Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and IT learning in primary schools and community centres in Wales.Around 200 children and 150 adults attended the inaugural prize-giving event at DVLA’s digital theatre in Swansea last December, which saw state-of-the-art IT kit given out to teams from over 50 primary schools and community groups from all over Wales. Pupils unable to attend on the day also had the chance to take part in the day’s action via a live internet link, just as though they were there.After the huge amount of interest last year, this year’s competition has been opened up to include 11 to 14 year-olds, meaning pupils from secondary schools can also showcase their skills and win fantastic IT prizes for their schools or community centres.DVLA IT Manager and STEM Ambassador Mark Jones said: Email [email protected] DVLA Press Office Longview Road Morriston Swansea SA6 7JL last_img read more

Lack of long stay drug and alcohol rehab services in Donegal slammed

first_imgDonegal and the North West region is the only area of the country not to have a long stay facility (6 weeks to 6 months) for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.The situation has been slammed by Sinn Fein Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn.The Sinn Fein member has described this confirmation from the HSE and the Government as “the latest evidence of the sheer discrimination and neglect faced by the people of Donegal”. He said “Drug and alcohol addiction is a profound issue in our society. No less so here in Donegal. We need to fully support those who are suffering with these unfortunate addictions when they go down the path of recovery.“Following questions to the Minister for Health, I have now learned that there is not one single long stay facility for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Donegal and the North West region (HSE CHO1 region). The nearest facilities are in Galway and Dublin.“In reality, this means that the families of Donegal people in recovery are being forced to travel long journeys to support their loved ones. It also probably means that many addicts are choosing not to opt for long stay support because of the distances from their homes”. He added that this is the latest evidence of the sheer discrimination and neglect faced by the people of Donegal when it comes to our health service.“Of course, Donegal and the North West region is the worst served region in the entire country when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction supports. If it wasn’t for the dedicated team at White Oaks in Muff, we would have absolutely no care facilities in this region to support those in recovery”.“My Sinn Féin colleagues Cllr Gerry McMonagle (Regional Health Forum Member) and Deputy Pearse Doherty have repeatedly raised the need for improved drug and alcohol addiction supports in Donegal. We will continue to fight for fairness in this regard for the people of Donegal”.Lack of long stay drug and alcohol rehab services in Donegal slammed was last modified: April 19th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more