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Today, many foreign students take a decision to educate in Ireland, where there are located the best private schools offering comfortable conditions for studying to international pupils. Studying in Ireland provides foreign students with excellent skills and knowledge, which increases chances of enrolling in ranking and prestigious universities.

Many features of educational system of Great Britain can be found in Irish system of education. The teachers are engaged with students, increasing their interest in studying and encouraging to achieve ambitious academic results. After graduating school certificates are highly valued abroad, guaranteeing excellent level of knowledge, skills of analyzing information.

Private schools Ireland fees

Main advantage of studying in the best Irish schools is affordable prices if education, comparing to prestigious private schools in Britain.

Private schools in Ireland are very well equipped. The campus territory has everything for comfortable rest and studying. Every foreign student can find the sport activity to his taste, namely:

  • Football
  • Horse riding
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Sailing, etc.

Ranking of private schools in Ireland – TOP-12

  • Alexandra College
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate4- 18Day and boarding school450, only girls
  • Belvedere College
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate13- 18Day school1 000, only boys
  • Blackrock College
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate13- 18Day and boarding school1 025, only boys
  • Castle Park School
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Adapted Irish Primary School curriculum  3- 12Day, mixed studying330
  • Castleknock College
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior Certificate Leaving certificate13- 18Day and boarding school740, only boys
  • Gonzaga College
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior Certificate Leaving certificate13- 18Day school550, only boys
  • International School of Dublin
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Primary Years Program3- 12Day school, mixed studying60
  • King’s Hospital School
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate12- 18Day and boarding school730, mixed studying
  • Kylemore College
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate12- 18Day school330, mixed studying
  • Loreto College St Stephen’s Green
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate13- 18Day school560, only girls
  • Lycee Francais d’Irlande
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumFrench curriculumJunior CertificateBrevetOIB3- 18Day school510, mixed studying
  • Mount Anville Secondary School
Type of programsAge of studentsForm of studyingNumber of students
Irish curriculumJunior CertificateLeaving certificate12- 18Day school675, only girls

How to enroll in the best private school in Ireland?

The foreign student must provide the following documents:

  • A copy of passport
  • Grades for the last 2 academic years
  • International language certificate
  • Recommendation letters from teachers of mathematics and English
  • Application forms
  • Skype interview.

Moreover, it is compulsory to pass school test to determine the knowledge level of Mathematics and English.

Facilities of boarding schools in Ireland

It is worth mentioning the state-of-the-art equipment of Ireland private schools. To student’s attention provided comfortable and spacious campuses, sport infrastructure and classrooms for creativity. In free hours from studying foreign students attend different clubs and circles, developing their abilities and talents.

The school encourages the student participation in various competition, in particular the Duke of Edinburgh Prize and school orchestra review. By participating in such events foreign students develop leadership skills, take responsibility to their  words and actions, feel part of the team.

Comparing analysis of studying in the best private schools in Ireland

Advantages of studying in IrelandDisadvantages of Irish education
Great chance to enter the elite universities in Britain, USA, Switzerland, CanadaExpensive education
High quality of education, adherence to international academic standardsHigh academic load
High level of English knowledgeAdaptation period, change of social environment
New contactsThe difficulty of finding the school for the pupil, it is necessary to apply to qualified specialist

To sum up, the list of advantages significantly outweighs disadvantages of studying in Ireland.

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Iraq and the World Bank to Boost Iraqi Women’s Economic Empowerment

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A new plan to remove constraints and create more economic opportunities for women was launched today by the government of Iraq, with support from the World Bank Group.

The Women’s Economic Empowerment Plan for 2021-2022 outlines the government’s priorities in line with its reform program. The plan follows extensive consultations with key stakeholders and is supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, the Women’s Empowerment Directorate in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and the High Council for Women’s Affairs in Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The World Bank Group provided technical support and advice to the government to develop the plan. Key pillars include building capacity for a more gender responsive budget, developing women’s skills in the digital and agriculture sectors; boosting access to finance for women; increasing data related to women in the private and informal sectors; implementing legislative reforms to reduce gender gaps; and strengthening knowledge and capacity around access to childcare.

The plan also includes a special focus on supporting vulnerable groups of women and targeting internally displaced women and returnees to areas liberated from ISIS.

On the launch of the plan, Dr. Yussra Kareem, National Coordinator of the MGF in Iraq and Director General for Women’s Empowerment Directorate at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, said: “Women’s economic empowerment is one of the most important pillars focused on by the general policy for women’s empowerment, and it comes in the context of women’s rights to equality and social justice, and the 2030 sustainable development plan. In light of this, the Advisory Committee for Women’s Economic Empowerment, in cooperation with the World Bank, developed the National Action Plan for 2021-2022 for women’s economic empowerment and identified its six priorities.”

“Iraqi women have proved to be strong and resilient throughout decades of economic and security challenges. Increasing the participation of Iraqi women in the policy-making process and in leading roles is key to promote peacebuilding and social development.” said Saroj Kumar Jha, the World Bank’s Mashreq Regional Director. “The World Bank Group stands ready to support Iraq in strengthening the enabling environment for women’s economic participation and improving women’s access to economic opportunities.”

More women in the Iraqi workforce means more growth and less poverty. IFC is working with the private sector to help remove barriers that hold women back from joining the workforce,” said Abdullah Jefri, IFC’s Manager for the Levant.

Building a resilient economic recovery and ensuring inclusive long-term growth requires the full and equal participation of women in the economy. Canada continues to support Iraq in their efforts to strengthen women’s economic empowerment and welcomes the launch of this workplan under the Mashreq Gender Facility to help address the barriers to women’s participation in the labour force and enhance their opportunities to succeed,” said H.E Ulric Shannon, Ambassador of Canada to Iraq.

Sustainable development in any country cannot be achieved if women are not included in economic life and in political decision-making bodies. To ensure women participation in the labour market is smart economics, and this requires active and tireless efforts over time. The launch of the Woman Economic Empowerment Workplan 2021-2022 today is a step in the right direction, and Norway is proud to support the Mashreq Gender Facility in these vital efforts,” said H.E Erik Burger Husem, Chargè d’affaires at the Norwegian Embassy in Iraq.

The new plan will be implemented with support from national and international civil society organizations, and the private sector, in close coordination with the World Bank Group and international development partners.

The plan is a joint effort between the government of Iraq and the World Bank Group under the Mashreq Gender Facility (MGF), launched in January 2019 by the World Bank Group with  financial support from the governments of Canada and Norway. The facility provides technical support to Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to boost women’s economic participation and drive inclusive growth. Under the MGF, Iraq set the target of increasing female labor force participation of 5 percentage point by 2024.

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Demand for Circular Economy Solutions Prompts Business and Government Changes

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To truly tackle climate goals, the world must transform how it makes and consumes. To support this effort, circular economy initiative Scale360° has expanded its reach from 2 countries to 20 in 2021, taking its unique approach to circular innovation and collaboration to cities, regions and countries around the world, triggering key changes for businesses and governments in how circularity is prioritised and managed.

Scale360°, established in 2019, leverages innovation ‘hubs’ to bring together leaders in science, policy and business to trigger circular change. They use Scale360°’s unique, tested methodology – the Scale360° Circular Innovation Playbook – to deploy Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to rethink consumption and production, helping to transform the pipeline of future innovations.

The rapid growth of Scale360° demonstrates the growing demand for guidance on how to enable circular change and collaboration. Highlights from 2021 include:

● Circular Shapers: This initiative, launched this year, mobilised young change-makers in 12 countries to transform their cities into centres of circular economy innovation. Circular Shapers are competitively selected from the Global Shapers Community, a network of young volunteers in 448 city-based hubs around the world.

● Germany: Scale360° Germany is designing a consumer campaign to educate consumers on the environmental impact of ‘white goods’ (e.g., washing machines, etc.) and empower consumers to lengthen the lifespan of their appliances. This project has been developed in collaboration with Kearney and the Circular Valley.

● Singapore: This new program will improve the conditions for circular scalability in Singapore by engaging Singapore’s Deep Tech community and accelerating circular innovation collaborations between startups and corporates. Launched September 2021, this program was developed in collaboration with SGInnovate, a government-backed Deep Tech ecosystem builder and investor.

● Kenya, Bangladesh and India: In these countries, the 2030 Water Resources Group is leveraging Scale360° methodologies, tools and partnerships for scaling up circular economy solutions to improve water resource management in urban, industrial and agricultural sectors. 2030 Water Resources Group is a public-private-civil society partnership hosted by the World Bank Group.

● Argentina: McKinsey.org’s flagship initiative Rethinking Recycling – in partnership with Red de Innovación Local (RIL), a network of 200+ Argentine cities’ municipal decision-makers – will apply tools from Scale360°’s Circular Innovation Playbook to transform Argentine cities’ municipal waste management at scale, aiming to deliver substantive volumes of recyclables and compostables to industry, while also enhancing job opportunities and cost savings for cities.

This momentum comes in addition to the continued evolution of existing programmes. This year, the UAE established a dedicated UAE Circular Economy Council comprising ministers and C-level representatives across public and private sectors. The newly formed cross-ministerial council aims to ensure circular thinking across government is prioritised not only within the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, but also across the Cabinet, the Ministry of Economy, the Artificial Intelligence Office and local government entities in each emirate. The council serves as a board of advisors for Scale360° in the UAE, and provides a platform for government, business and civil society leaders to share best practices in circular innovation.

“With these changes in place, we can create truly resilient systems that strengthen economies while pursuing the latest innovations,” said His Excellency Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and Chair of the UAE Circular Economy Council.

Chile’s SOFOFA hub, with the support of the country’s Ministry of Environment, is convening the country’s largest industry groups together to accelerate circularity by integrating value chains within sectors such as mining, energy, pulp and paper, food and beverages and more. Additionally, entrepreneurs, innovators and civil society members are actively working together to collaborate and build new circular business models at this critical time for the environment and economies.

“Circularity as a concept is still relatively nascent in this region, despite the critical role it plays in helping us achieve our sustainability targets. This is something we hope to change as part of the global Scale360° network, by integrating circular innovation into our mission of building Singapore’s Deep Tech economy,” said Dr Lim Jui, CEO, SGInnovate.

Such efforts pave the way for collaborations between cities, countries and regions and much-needed system-wide change. “System-wide change requires a system-wide re-thinking of collaboration,” said Shannon Bouton, President and CEO, McKinsey.org. “We are always partnering with those who are best placed to drive and scale change for maximum efficiency and impact.”

The wider adoption of Scale360° principles sets the stage for a more circular future as leaders rethink innovation. Added Scale360°’s Global Lead, Helen Burdett: “With every city, country and region, we are building a flywheel for change.”

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Lighthouse Partnerships Gain Momentum on Social Justice

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Crises in climate, health and inequality are compelling organizations to align business strategies with equity and social justice values.

In a new whitepaper, Lighthouse Action on Social Justice Through Stakeholder Inclusion, the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Laudes Foundation, shines a light on emerging corporate momentum supporting stakeholder inclusion and social justice.

Through the case studies of nine “lighthouse examples,” the report chronicles how the following companies and coalitions are establishing stakeholder inclusion models and best business practices in three key areas:

Making investments targeting impacted communities in value chains and ecosystems:

– The Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains (UN Foundation, BSR, Women Win/Win-Win, Gap Foundation, PVH Foundation, H&M Foundation, the VF Foundation, and the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation)

– In Solidarity Program (Mastercard)

– Replenish Africa Initiative (The Coca-Cola Foundation)

Influencing public policy and speaking out as corporate citizens:

– Open for Business Coalition (39 major corporations)

– Racial Equality and Justice Task Force (Salesforce)

Applying rigorous accountability practices and sharing power with workers in supply chains and communities:

– Unilever’s Living Wage commitment (Unilever)

– Farmer Income Lab (Mars, ABinBev, Danone, Oxfam, IDH, Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, UNDP)

– Amul Supplier Cooperative Ownership (Amul)

– Patagonia’s Implementation of Regenerative Organic Certified Standards in its Apparel Supply Chain (Patagonia)

The whitepaper outlines successes and pain points as these leading lighthouse partnerships between business and civil society strive for more meaningful participation with communities most impacted by systemic injustices. Each business is unique in its culture and path to long-term value creation, but all are committed to the belief that stakeholder primacy leads to optimal outcomes.

The time to move forward with these ideals is now, and the conclusion is clear in that, “…the crises of pandemic, protest and social disruption have created an inflection point for many companies to evaluate their corporate sustainability strategies,” said David Sangokoya, Head, Civil Society and Social Justice, World Economic Forum. “Stakeholder inclusion must be at the centre of any corporate action on equity and social justice in our unequal world…positioning business on the path towards redesigning business models that shift power and value towards stakeholder primacy.”

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