According to international research, one in five Irish students has insufficient mathematical skills to cope with every-day life. This is particularly true in disadvantaged schools.
For children in disadvantaged schools, the consequences of struggling with maths in primary school can have a significant impact on the quality of their lives. Difficulties with maths at their age increases their chances of leaving school early, unemployment, poorer health (often both physically and mentally) and ending up in poverty.
Suas is tackling this issue head on by supporting children in disadvantaged schools who are struggling with maths, and this year is the first time that The Institute of Education’s 4th year students have taken part.
So far, our students are finding mentoring to be an incredibly positive and rewarding experience. They’re already getting positive feedback from the schools that they’re working with:
“It went great. Mentors are doing excellent, really engaged with the children and children loved it as a result. “
Some of our participating students are pictured above with the following Institute and Suas staff who have helped to make this opportunity a possibility. Pictured L-R in the second row are: Orla Ni Shuilleabhain (4th Year Head), Joanne Malone (Head of Programmes, Suas), Una Kearns (Director, The Institute of Education), John Logue (CEO, Suas), Gerry Culleton (Senior Maths Teacher, The Institute of Education), and Theresa Joran (4th Year Coordinator)
This programme could not happen without financial support or volunteers. Suas receive significant financial support from basis.point – a charity initiative of the Irish Funds Industry Association. See more about the work they do here.