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HSBC continues to be focused on More Than Money


For the 11th year HSBC Global has partnered with Junior Achievement Worldwide to deliver a financial literacy and entrepreneurship programme to 11-12 year olds. Aptly named More than Money, students use innovative thinking to learn money-management skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations and their understanding of entrepreneurship.

In Ireland, 1,700 students have participated in More Than Money through in-class programmes and workshops with 70 volunteers from many of our supporting organisations since the beginning of the academic year.

MTM 3In November and then again in March, students from St. Patrick’s Boys National School and Presentation Primary School, George’s Hill descended into HSBC offices at Grand Canal for a morning of financial literacy and entrepreneurship activities. Volunteers learning almost as much as students about being a SMART consumer, entrepreneurial skills, and saving, earning, and spending their well-earned money.

Liz Costello, a teacher inPresentation Primary School said “The girls very much enjoyed the workshop and the interactions with the staff. It was a great experience for the pupils to learn outside of the school environment. As a DEIS school, it exposed them to a different experience and enabled them to work to their best ability.”

Students started off by deciding they should save up to donate money to charity, help the homeless, buy presents for their parents or spend all their money on sweets! Competitiveness came out in droves as students played the More Than Money monopoly style board game, totted up their bingo scores, and created their own successful company.

A student from St. Patrick’s Boys National School best summarised the experience: “The volunteers were very nice and it was very enjoyable. Thank You to Junior Achievement Ireland and HSBC Bank.”

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Unique Project Management Training for Teachers Celebrated

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A celebration of unique project management training for teachers was held on completion of the ‘Project Management Skills for Life for Teachers’ initiative which is run with the grant support of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

The initiative, which is now in its second year, is run in conjunction with Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) and delivers project management and project-based learning training and mentoring to teachers. 36 second level teachers participated nationwide this year, aiding their pedagogy and assisting in providing high-quality instruction for students.

pm website image 2‘Project Management Skills for Life for Teachers’ is fully aligned with Key Skills, which help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world and are at the heart of the new junior cycle specification. Project management training for educators enables innovative and effective project based learning and allows teachers to use Project Based Learning (PBL) to bring key skills to life in classrooms.

The initiative began with an intensive week-long training in project management fundamentals followed by participation in PMIEF’s ‘Managing the Learning Project’ micro-credential programme. Earning the micro-credential allowed teachers to provide easily verifiable evidence of their knowledge and experience in integrating project management into their instruction for enhanced student learning and outcomes.

To conclude the initiative a number of teachers have been selected to study at the Buck Institute for Education’s annual PBL World conference in Napa, California to further build their capacity to integrate project management into their classrooms. All participants will now go on to promulgate PBL within their own classrooms and schools with the support of their colleagues.

Teachers from twelve different counties (Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford), a wide range of both subject areas (including Science, Maths, Business and English) and schools (Community Colleges, Community Schools & Volunteer Community Schools) are represented which allows for shared learning and collaborative practises which otherwise may not be possible.

The initiative is part of a wider collaboration between JAI and PMIEF to develop project management skills in classrooms nationwide. 2,000 students have completed the PM Skills for Life programme since its inception in the 2015/16 school year.  The programme facilitated by industry volunteers brought TY students through the core principles of project management after which they actioned their own projects demonstrating the skills they acquired through participation.

PM website 3The event attendees experienced first-hand the learning impacts of the PM Skills for Life programme as transition year students from St Munchin’s College, Corbally, Limerick demonstrated how they developed project management skills.

During the morning John Gorman, Principal, Rosses Community School and organisational pyschologist Ruth Mullally also provided their insights into the benefits of effective project management.

Helen Lowe, a participating teacher in St Munchin’s College, Corbally, Limerick said: “I am delighted to have participated in this wonderful initiative which has empowered me to utilise project management in my classroom, enhancing my instructional abilities as well as ultimately improving my students’ outcomes by helping them to also acquire and apply project management knowledge to their learning, especially those that are project-based.”

PM website 4“The 21st century demands a skilled workforce that drives organizational success and meaningfully contributes to the global economy. This requires the abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate thoughtfully, competencies inherent to project management,” said Jeannette Barr, Executive Director of PMIEF. “PMIEF is delighted our partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland professionally develops teachers to integrate project management into their curricula so they can more deeply engage students and help them strengthen these capabilities.”

Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland, said: “We are proud to partner with PMIEF to develop teachers’ project management competencies, both to enhance their pedagogy and build confidence in deploying project based learning, which will ensure that second level school students gain an even better understanding of project management fundamentals, which are ultimately skills for life.”

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Gaeltacht student entrepreneurs heading to Europe to represent Ireland

44udaras JAI 20 SavetheSeas are winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019 

‘SavetheSeas’, a fledgling company from Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán was acclaimed as the winner of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019 National Final held in Galway. The winners of this year’s National Final will represent Ireland at the Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year Competition 2019 competition in Lille, France in July. It is the first time that winners of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Clár na gComhlachtaí will have the opportunity to take part at the European level of the competition.

24udaras JAI 19With more than 750 Transition Year students taking part in Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford, eight teams were ultimately selected to proceed to the national final. The standards set by these regional winners means the winner of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí can be regarded as particularly astute entrepreneurs.

SavetheSeas is an online retail business with a social responsibility theme to raise money for charities which work to remove plastics from the ocean. SavetheSeas was mentored by their business studies teacher Máirín Ní Mhainnín and by local business volunteer Kathleen McDonagh from GoWest.

Clár na gComhlachtaí is developed and delivered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and JAI. Students create, operate and manage their own business as they move from the idea generation stage, to finance, production, marketing, sales right through to going to market. Local business volunteers, executives from Údarás na Gaeltachta and JAI mentored the students alongside their teachers.

Having emerged from very competitive regional finals in Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Donegal, teams from the below schools also represented their regions with great distinction at the national final:
Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre, Co. Cork;
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Kerry;
Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán, Co. Galway;
Coláiste Pobail Acla, Coláiste Bhreandán Naofa, Co. Mayo;
Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Mhóir, Co. Dhún na nGall
Pobascoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal

35udaras JAI 19All participating students enjoyed a communications workshop with Darach Ó Tuairisg of Fíbín on the eve of the final, with each team exhibiting at a trade stand, displaying their business acumen during the judges’ interview and presenting their business ideas on stage in front of a public audience on the day of the final.

The judging panel comprising Mark de Faoite, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Bernie Ní Shúilleabháin, Telegael, was very impressed with the performance of all the students across each element of the competition however SavetheSeas just edged Píosa Beag ón Daingean, from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Number Ninjas from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair to come out on top based on the quality of their innovative business idea and overall performance on the day.

Europe-wide research shows students who participate in entrepreneurial education activities such as Clár na gComhlachtaí are more likely to start their own business, are at lower risk of being unemployed, and are more often in steady employment into adulthood. Clár na gComhlachtaí aids in the development of creativity, initiative, financial literacy, teamwork, communication skills, understanding of risk and a sense of responsibility.

34udaras JAI 19Mark De Faoite, Enterprise and Employment Director with Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “It was inspiring to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future. Special congratulations to our winning team Save the Seas from Coláiste Cholmcille for your dedication and entrepreneurial flare. I am confident that these efforts will inspire new Gaeltacht enterprises in the future.”

Helen Raftery, CEO of JAI added: “The Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí Competition has enabled more than 750 students from Gaeltacht regions throughout the country to develop and practise entrepreneurial skills which will be invaluable as they progress in schools and into their careers. I wish to thank Údarás na Gaeltachta for working with us throughout the year, as well as leaders in our partner schools and business mentors, for making these learning experiences available to students. Finally, congratulations to our Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na Comhlachtaí 2019 winners SavetheSeas from Coláiste Cholmcille. The team will go forward to represent Ireland at the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition in Lille, France in July.”

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Gaeltacht primary students being inspired by special STEM programme ‘An Chruinne’

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A special education programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics called ‘An Chruinne’ is being run in Gaeltacht primary schools to encourage interest in STEM subjects amongst students. The pilot programme, which is devised by Údarás na Gaeltachta and JAI, will operate for its second year in 16 primary schools in 7 Gaeltacht regions across counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath.

The 2019 programme was officially launched by Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne T.D. and Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, broadcaster and former RTÉ journalist who has recently returned to education and is undertaking a degree in medicine.

Studies show that 30% of Irish students don’t understand how STEM is relevant to their lives and 44% of Irish secondary school respondents believed that STEM subjects are more suited to men than women.

With this in mind Maire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, at the launch of An Chruinne, said, “We all understand the importance of science, and it is wonderful that this is being promoted now amongst children and young people, especially girls. I thought it was interesting that research has shown that almost half of students questioned thought that science was more suited to men than women, and that all students need role models to keep them motivated.

Just like in sports, there is a place for women in science, and a lot of progress has been made in recent years. The An Chruinne programme is another positive step.”

Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh recently became a medical student and the experience has highlighted for her the importance of encouraging an interest in science from an early age and offering children positive and practical science experiences that will encourage them to take up science subjects in secondary education and onwards.

“I didn’t do science for my Leaving Cert and so when I began my first semester at medical school last September, I felt like I was on the back foot compared to others in my class. When I was at school I didn’t realise the relevance these subjects would have for me. Giving children an early, positive experience will mean they are perhaps less fearful of these subjects later on and opens up so many more opportunities for them.”

The programme consists of five modules and will teach the higher primary classes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and it is important that such a programme is being delivered through the medium of Irish in primary schools in the Gaeltacht. 

The Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne, T.D., said “It is important that we encourage the Gaeltacht’s younger generation towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Providing them with a range of skills to realise their ambitions will lead to a brighter and more innovative future for the Gaeltacht.”

Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh also added “Innovation and the Irish language are cornerstones of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s strategy in the years ahead and this programme delivers both in equal measure. It is essential for us to encourage the Gaeltacht’s younger generation to move towards innovation and spark an interest in STEM sectors through their native language. We are delighted to continue working with Junior Achievement Ireland, Gaeltacht primary schools and local business volunteers to inspire our future entrepreneurs and scientists.”

Helen Raftery, Chief Executive of JAI said, “We are delighted to have the continued support of Údarás na Gaeltachta as we work with local schools and volunteers to get young people excited about studying science and the skills required for their future success. Helping students to link the work they are doing in class with the world outside of school enhances their learning experience, and the work of volunteers from business and industry alongside teachers is a great way to make that happen. The presence of the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne T.D. serves to underline the importance of role models in inspiring young people to see the value of studying STEM.”


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The Power of Design - Inspiring Students to Shape their own Future

The Power of Design 1Pictured at the Power of Design celebratory event are Helen Raftery, CEO, JAI; Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect; Josepha Madigan TD., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)

Students nationwide will have the opportunity to learn about the value of design in everyday life as the Power of Design programme is to be scaled up in partnership with Dublin City Council and the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD).

The Power of Design uses a learning by doing methodology to demonstrate to primary and second level students the positive impact of design on social, cultural and economic life. The programme was initiated in 2015 as part of Dublin City Council’s Pivot Dublin submission and more than 3,000 students have participated in Dublin City Council catchment areas.

The Power of Design 2The Power of Design volunteers from 2018/19The extension of the partnership to include the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, (CEUD) will help to facilitate a trial of the programme to run nationally from March 2019.  A  further 16 schools in North and West Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Cavan, Donegal and Cork will participate in 2019.

Power of Design is delivered by design volunteers from the working world who are recruited, trained and supported by JAI. The volunteers have relevant experience in a diverse range of areas, including construction, computing, technology, marketing, management consulting, architecture, innovation and finance.

In their work with the volunteer, students consider how the world around us is designed and learn about careers in design, all the while being actively involved in a specially-conceived design challenge. 1,200 students participated in the programme in 2018. Now with the support of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design the programme will double in size and will also feature new Universal Design content.

Speaking at a Power of Design Celebratory event in the Wood Quay Venue, Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht offered her support saying: “The Junior Achievement model, which uses the skills and passion of trained business volunteers to inspire students to look at the world around them in a different way, is an ideal format for underlining the importance of design in all aspects of our lives. I am delighted to support this initiative which broadens students’ horizons and highlights the possibilities that lay ahead of, and around, them. Thank you to JAI, DCC and CEUD for expanding the programme to students throughout the country.”

IMG 5544The Power of Design students from O'Connell's CBS Primary School, Dublin 1 were on hand to exhibit their design skills to attendees Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan, who had initially invited JAI to pilot an educational programme in which students would be immersed in the world of design, said: “Young people, as they are reminding us these days, are the future and the success of their future depends on how we design today. The inspirational Power of Design schools programme emerged from a PIVOT Dublin film called SHAPE, which shows how design transforms our lives in beautiful, effective and long lasting ways. It has been a pleasure supporting Junior Achievement Ireland in developing Power of Design and now see the programme reach even more young people with new partners, the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.”

Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design said: "Creating an equitable society can start with changing behaviours and attitudes at primary school level. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is delighted to partner with Dublin City Council and Junior Achievement Ireland to integrate material about a Universal Design approach to compliment the Power of Design workshops in primary schools. Addressing the diverse needs and characteristics of all people by applying a Universal Design approach inspires the creation of more holistic environments covering buildings, spaces, products and services including technologies. In short universal design is good design."

IMG 5531Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan addresses attendeesJAI CEO Helen Raftery added: “Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan inspired us to develop a workshop to promote an awareness of the importance of design. We are delighted that the CEUD are joining forces with us and Dublin City Council.  This is an exciting opportunity to bring an awareness of the power of design to life in a real and meaningful way to even more students. Teachers are acutely aware of the value of role models to reinforce learning outcomes and are hugely positive about the involvement of volunteers pursuing careers in roles where design is fundamental. We are grateful to both our partner schools and the hundreds of design volunteers that are helping us to communicate these important messages to young people all over the country.”

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