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Border Counties

Marine Harvest Making Maths Fun for Local Students

Fanad Kerrykeel students

99 students from seven schools in Fanad and Keerrykeel took part in the Marine Harvest ‘Working It Out Event’ in the Rosnakill Hall. Nine Marine Harvest volunteers guided the students around five different sporting activities and when the whistle blew, it was time to work out the scores. The students used percentages, averages, decimals and fraction to calculate their scores in a fun and practical use of maths.

Aoife McElwaine, Principal in Ballyheerin National School, said: “The Marine Harvest staff were so professional and quickly build up a rapport with the students. The whole day ran like clockwork. The added extra of the maths element  brings this sport event to another level. Sincere thanks to Marine Harvest and JAI for providing this fantastic opportunity for our local students to get together.”

This is our fourth year partnering with JAI, which enables our staff volunteers to deliver programmes in seven local Donegal national schools. As well as delivering classroom based programmes to the students our staff volunteers also participate in school to work initiatives, where the student visit our operations as well as the annual 'Working It Out' event in Rossnakill. The 'Working It Out'event is always well attended by all the schools and encourages students to mix and engage in mathematical based activities through physical exercise.” Maurice Kelly, HR Manager, Marine Harvest.

Patricia Friel, Programme Coordinator in the Border Counties for JAI, commented that “The Marine Harvest 'Working It Out' encourages these young students to see that mental maths can be fun. I really want to thank all of the Marine Harvest volunteers for their hard work ensuring these students had a morning to remember. Junior Achievement is celebrating its 20th year in Ireland and its fourth year working with Marine Harvest.”

Marine Harvest VolunteersMarine Harvest volunteers - Back row Left to Right Darren Carr, Theresa McElwaine, Bridgena McFadden, Bernie Friel, Marie McElwaine, Laura Hegarty, Phonsie McAteer Front Row Julie Coyle, Patricia Friel (JAI) Bernie McElwaine

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CombiLift Volunteers Teach Students to be Business Savvy

           CombiLift600x450Students from Scoil Éanna Ballybay, pictured with volunteer Kevin Duffy & their Teacher Liz Duffy, during their class visit to CombiLift

CombiLift volunteer Kevin Duffy recently taught the 4th class 'Our Nation' programme to students from Scoil Éanna, Ballybay. Over five weeks, students role-played business ownership, produced a product using different methods of production, looked at the costs associated with running a business, and took charge of their own businesses to make a profit! At the end of the programme Kevin invited the 4th class students on a site tour.

Class Teacher Liz Duffy expressed her sincere gratitude to CombiLift for affording them with the opportunity to participate in this initiative. “I cannot recommend the programme highly enough. Kevin was fantastic and engaged with us fully and answered our endless questions. The tour of the factory consolidated our weeks of learning about business and the site tour of CombiLift was a very fitting end to the initiative.” Afterwards, one student enthused, "I would love to go to University and learn how to design the machines. Maybe I could work in CombiLift someday.

Mairéad Mohan, Programme Coordinator, JAI commented, “We have some really fantastic companies in Monaghan who are not only creating employment in our local community but who are also actively working to prepare the future generation for the world of work. We are very grateful to CombiLift and our 16/17 CombiLift volunteers; David Hatchett, Brendan Sullivan, James Sheerin, Kevin Duffy, and Colin Gray.”

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New PayPal 'Balancing-Act' Programme Launched

                                     PayPal Run Financial Literacy Programme in DundalkPayPalLinda Curtain, PayPal and Ann Butler, JAI pictured with students from St. Mary’s College, O’Fiaich College and Coláiste Rís at the launch of ‘Balancing-Act’

16 classes and approximately 415 transition year students from six secondary schools in Dundalk, Co. Louth are set to take part in ‘Balancing-Act’, a practical financial literacy programme sponsored by the PayPal Financial Inclusion Charity Grant Programme.

Students will be welcomed in to PayPal over three days where more than 50 trained PayPal volunteers will deliver the IMG 1216 200x133Students from Coláiste Rís captured practicing the art of being a ‘savvy shopper’‘Balancing-Act’ programme. The programme, which is designed and developed by JAI is comprised of three modules and aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills in accounting and financial management. Through interactive, hands-on activity based modules, students will grasp the basics of credit, budgeting and sensible shopping, which will help encourage them to become good money managers now and into the future.

Upon completion of the workshop, students will be given a tour of PayPal and learn about the potential careers they could have there in the future.

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Mc Ardle-Skeath - Transporting the ‘World of Work’ into Local Schools

New Supporting Organisation in Monaghan

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Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) is delighted to partner with McArdle-Skeath who will reach out to nearly 100 primary school students in Scoil Cholmcille and St. Daig’s N.S., Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.

Five volunteers will deliver programmes ranging from business and enterprise to the exciting world of science.                                                        

Mairéad Mohan, Programme Coordinator, JAI, further explains the impact these volunteers will have by stepping out in to the classroom; “By having a mentor from a local business deliver one of our programmes while talking about their own professional success really helps to bring to life the many career options available to them. Ultimately this empowers students to achieve their goals and be all they can be. Our programmes not only compliment the school curriculum but also show that what students are learning in school is important for their future careers as well as in everyday life. We are delighted to be working with Mc Ardle–Skeath and look forward to impacting students in the Monaghan area.

Mc Ardle Skeath Volunteers 400x300Business volunteers Niamh Hanlon, Siobhan Mc Ardle, Micheál Mc Ardle, Stephanie Malone and Darren Crawley pictured with Mairéad Mohan, JAI

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Donegal Student Entrepreneurs Claim Regional Crown

Winners Oileán na Síoga from Graimscoil Mhic DiarmadaOileán na Síoga from Graimscoil Mhic Diarmada

After an intense day of competition, kindly hosted in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, two emerging enterprises founded by local students have were crowned joint winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár Comhlachta Regional Final. 

Oileán na Síoga from Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Árainn Mhór Island – Made Fairy houses to promote wellbeing and happiness while Funky Lampaí from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair made decorative lamps using recycled materials. Both teams were chosen to progress and represent their region in the National Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí.

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The judging panel comprising Criostóir McSuibhne and Danielle Ní Phádín from Údarás Na Gaeltacht and Eilis Bairead from Donegal Airport were thoroughly impressed with the entrepreneurial flair and particularly the level of preparation invested by the students, their teachers and business mentors to ensure they presented their enterprises in the best possible light. 

Clár Comhlachta is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions.  Over 500 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry Mayo, Meath & Waterford have participated this year and challenged themselves to create, operate and manage their very own business! The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.

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