In celebration of World Home Economics Day, award-winning Chef Neven Maguire has been announced as the new ambassador for Home Economics in Ireland with The Association of Teachers of Home Economics (ATHE).
The theme of World Home Economics Day 2018 is Home Economics Literacy: Skills for Healthy and Sustainable Cooking.
As the only school subject which teaches young people valuable food literacy and cooking skills, the ATHE are calling for Home Economics to be made a compulsory part of the Irish curriculum for all post-primary students.
The benefit of Home Economics in teaching young people how to cook is strongly championed by their ambassador Neven Maguire.
Speaking about the subject, Neven said: “My first cooking lessons were at home with my mother Vera in our family kitchen. I was the first boy in my school to enrol for Home Economics classes in secondary school. These classes were the basis of my love of food, which led to my entering Fermanagh catering college and the beginnings of my work at MacNean House and Restaurant. I am forever grateful for the practical life skills that I learned through this subject.”
He added: “I am delighted to support this initiative with the Association of Teachers of Home Economics who do stellar work with young people in schools across Ireland. The campaign will further encourage young people to learn and develop important and practical skills to cook their own tasty and nutritious meals at home.”
“The skills learned throughout Home Economics are ones which students can utilise themselves day to day, and I believe there are massive benefits to having the subject become a compulsory part of the curriculum, regardless of whether they want to pursue a career in the food and hospitality sector.”
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, President of the ATHE, Maria Hickey, commented: “As Ireland struggles through an obesity epidemic, it is vital that all citizens of Ireland have both the food and culinary skills to provide nutritionally balanced meals for themselves and their families. Having studied Home Economics in school, Neven continues to share his passionate belief in the benefits of the subject for all students.”