LIT Primary School Children GO 4IT in Higher Education

contact: Anna Murphy (Anna.murphy@lit.ie)

The LIT Access Service works in partnership with St. Munchin‟s Family Resource Centre. St. Munchin's FRC is situated in St. Munchin‟s parish which extends to include the local authority housing areas of Kileely, Ballynanty and Thomondgate which is situated in a designated RAPID area in the northside regeneration area of Limerick city. St. Munchin’s is similar to other disadvantaged communities in that social exclusion (resulting from several contributing factors) continues to marginalise minority groups, thus increasing the socio-economic gap between rich and poor. By working in partnership with St. Munchin’s FRC the Limerick Institute of Technology Access Service has developed the ‘GO 4IT’ programme. This initiative targets primary school children with academic potential from backgrounds where there is little or no tradition of third-level education.

This ‘GO 4IT’ programme is an inspirational example of a Higher Education Community Link which embraces the academic potential of primary school children within the Northside Regeneration Area of Limerick city. Parents and children from the local community are invited to experience the welcoming atmosphere of their local third level college -LIT. A winning combination of activities engages participants across an eight week programme.

Participants have the opportunity to complete homework with guided mentoring and assistance. They are treated to a weekly formal dining experience which offers each participant a unique opportunity to sample a rich variety of freshly cooked food. The children sample a rich tapestry of experiences across the academic and non academic departments of the Institute. Each week culminates with a variety of sporting activities designed to appeal to both the male and female participants. Al activities occur in collaboration with the LIT GIVE (Guided Initiative in Voluntary Engagement) project which ensures that the participants engage quite extensively with LIT students during the programme.

The aspiration of this programme is that it will positively inspire, challenge and assist these children in their personal development and social integration skills. This is evident at the end of this programme when confident young students graduate in front of their families, staff from St.Munchin’s FRC and LIT and GIVE volunteers.

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