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Galway students learn about the advantages of EU citizenship

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Eoghan O'Ceallaigh, Deputy Principal, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir with students Kaylin Heery, Holly Taylor, Eabha Burke, Amy McMahon and Colm Flynn, TY Coordinator, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir at Europe4Youth 2019

Students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir participated in a unique event recently when they took part in Europe4Youth, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs' Communicating Europe Initiative.

Europe4Youth is a series of interactive workshops for second level students, informing them of the advantages of being an EU citizen. Also actively engaged in the event were the students’ teachers and volunteers from local businesses based in Galway who gave up their time to work with the students at this event. Volunteers from SAP, Arm and MetLife taught the workshops and also shared their personal experience with the students.

The workshops help students and participants to gain an understanding of the benefits to the individual and wider community that EU citizenship brings. The students learned that as an EU member, Irish people are eligible to work in any other EU country without obtaining a Visa so effectively we are no longer a small island, but part of a much larger community. This has never been more important with the advent of Brexit!

On completing all the workshops, an EU quiz was held and the winning Coláiste Bhaile Chláir students were presented with their prizes!

Europe4Youth 2Students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir with business volunteer Matteo Coltello from Arm at Europe4Youth 2019

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Bring Your Child To Work Day at Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific Group Pic Volunteers ChildrenBoston Scientific volunteers with the children who participated in the Bring Your Child to Work Day

Boston Scientific recently held a Bring Your Child to Work Day in their Galway site. The event was led by Boston Scientific employees accompanied by a local Junior Achievement volunteer. The 16 students consisted of children and grandchildren of Boston Scientific employees.

Children gowned up for Action2Throughout the day the students got to work on a variety of fun and educational activities based around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These exercises were mainly centred on the importance of health and wellbeing, disease and how pathogens can invade our bodies, and the journey of a new medicine from conception, research and development all the way up until it is released for public use.

The students also got to enjoy a demonstration of Boston Scientific’s breakthrough learning resource - Procedure Pal. Procedure Pal is a revolutionary tabletop learning resource which allows students to learn about 10 medical devices, where in the body they can be implanted and how they work, all in a fun and interactive manner.

Labour market data shows that Ireland continues to experience a skills shortage in the STEM sector despite major growth and employment opportunities.The Procedure Pal was created with the intention of inspiring students to consider a future career in healthcare.

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Europe4U Empowers Galway Students to Understand the Advantages of EU Membership

Minister 1Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with Eoin Mac Aonghusa of Coláiste an Eachréidh and Caoimhe Rohan of Presentation College Athenry

Students from Presentation College Athenry and Coláiste an Eachréidh had a morning to remember recently when they learned all about the benefits of being EU Citizens through Europe4U 2018, an initiative run by Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

IMG 4531Europe4U is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Communicating Europe Initiative, and was opened by Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development.

Europe4U is designed to inform second level students of the advantages of being an EU citizen and what rights are drawn from their citizenship. Comprising a number of interactive activities, Europe4U helps students and participants to gain an understanding of the benefits to the individual and wider community that EU citizenship brings. The students’ teachers and volunteers from local businesses were also actively engaged in the event, as they gave up their time to bring the activities to life.

Students learned that as an EU member, Irish people are eligible to work in any other EU country – from Luxembourg to Latvia, Poland to Portugal – without obtaining a Visa. The entire continent is open to these young people to study, live, work and explore.

IMG 4606On completion of the workshop, the EU Quiz winners were presented with prizes and each student that participated in the event was presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

Minister Cannon, in addressing the students, said:

“We are stronger together, using our combined strength to help to shape the future - your future. Being an EU citizen also gives you something to be proud of. It tells the world something about you. It tells them that you are part of a community that has come together on the basis of peace, freedom, democracy and equality. The European Union should matter to you. It is constantly evolving and changing. And, in order for those changes to reflect your wishes, you must be part of making that change. You must be involved. Because the EU’s future is your future and your future is the EU’s future. So I encourage you to learn from today and to use it as a stepping stone for becoming involved in your Europe.”

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Galway Students Manage their Money with MetLife During National Volunteering Week

218Finance Your Future students from Our Lady’s College with Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland and Rory Conway, Chief Compliance Officer at MetLife

Over 200 students in Galway have benefited from increased levels of financial capability after receiving the MetLife Foundation supported Finance your Future programme facilitated by MetLife volunteers.

Finance Your Future is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances and to link education and career choices with the work of work. Over 1,500 nationwide have received the programme taught by trained volunteers from the business community.

20180518 110656Students from Our Lady's College presenting to MetLife volunteers and guestsTo celebrate the achievement of the programme students from Our Lady’s College, Galway showcased their new money management skills during a special Volunteering Week 2018 event in MetLife, attended by MetLife volunteers and Mike Cubbard, Deputy Mayor of Galway City.

Rory Conway, Chief Compliance Officer at MetLife, said: “Junior Achievement Ireland offers MetLife employees a fantastic opportunity to give something back to their community and advance financial education for young people, which is part of MetLife Foundation’s global commitment to financial inclusion. By teaching JA programmes such as Finance Your Future, our employees develop their leadership and communications skills, while sharing their knowledge and skills with local students.”

Students 202 Jessica Stenson Shauna CurranStudents Jessica Stenson and Shauna Curran with Rory Conway, MetLife; Mike Cubbard, Deputy Mayor of Galway City and Helen Raftery, CEO of JAIConor Diskin, Our Lady’s College, Galway commented on the impact of the programme on his students:"The Finance your Future programme has been a huge success. It gives our students a real-life experience of managing their finances and also helps them to link their education to their future careers. It’s such a beneficial programme at this stage in their education."

A further 250 students in Galway have benefited from additional JA programmes facilitated by MetLife business volunteers which are designed to encourage young people to remain in education and help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

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Boston Scientific Open a World of Discovery for Galway Students at Challenge Science 2018

260418 22Jenny Reidy, KayLynn Walsh & Sorcha Brennan from Presentation Primary School, Tuam using forensic science with Carol O'Doherty, HR Business Manager, Boston Scientific

More than 100 primary schools students in Galway have experienced the wonderful world of science at Challenge Science 2018, thanks to Boston Scientific and NUI Galway.

260418 41Volunteers & students eagerly await the start of Challenge Science 2018The enthusiastic young scientists from Scoil Mhuire Brierhill, Presentation Primary School, Tuam, Cregmore N.S. and Carrabane N.S. were tutored by business volunteers from Boston Scientific during this exciting event held in NUI Galway (NUIG). The volunteers shared their experience of working in the medical device industry and held workshops on Forensic Science, Defence against Disease, Careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. Students were also treated to a tour of the Science Department and Campus at NUIG by student volunteers from the ALIVE programme who spoke about their experience at university.

The event workshops provided an exciting insight into the world of science and each of the activities focused on a highly topical and interesting scientific subject – such as the use of science in solving crime or the vital role of bioscience in protecting against the spread of disease and bacteria. 

260418 12Conor Predergast & Isabelle McHugh from Cregmore National School learn all about bacteriaProf. Donal Leech, Dean of Science at NUIG, said: “NUI Galway are proud to host Challenge Science 2018, helping to inspire primary school students and to encourage them to consider studying STEM subjects in secondary school and eventually in NUI Galway so that they can become the scientific explorers and problem-solvers of the future!”

The enthusiasm of the students was evident throughout the day. Carol O’Doherty, HR Business Manager at Boston Scientific, commented:  “These workshops taught by our Boston Scientific Volunteers in NUIG help and encourage  students to realise that they can take several different and interesting paths to work in the field of science and it can be so enjoyable. We heard lots of excitement and enthusiasm during the activities today and the interest shown by the students was fantastic. It is important to continue to develop this interest and keep up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects in secondary school. The students here today might be designing or making products that can save and improve lives in the future. We look forward to that day!

Boson ScientificBoston Scientific volunteers who participated in Challenge Science 2018. Back row L-R: Siobhan Maher, Sean Hanley, Shauna Flanagan, Darren Burke & Orla Queally. Front row L-R: Carol O’Doherty, Erika Desparad , Kelly Ryan, Alan Leahy & Stephen Chawke

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