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  • Northside East

Teaching profession boost for disadvantaged areas

Thursday, 4th January, 2018 8:00am
Teaching profession boost for disadvantaged areas

Pictured are a variety of stakeholders and people from the local area, including special needs assistants, childcare workers, parents and second level students who are hoping to seek academic supports from the new Darndale learning hub. PHOTO: NICK BRADSHAW

Teaching profession boost for disadvantaged areas

Pictured are a variety of stakeholders and people from the local area, including special needs assistants, childcare workers, parents and second level students who are hoping to seek academic supports from the new Darndale learning hub. PHOTO: NICK BRADSHAW

DUBLIN City University’s Educational Disadvantage Centre has launched a lifelong community learning hub in Darndale, together with Northside Area Partnership, with the aim of promoting access to the teaching profession.

Funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the initiative hopes to ultimately increase the number of student applications from the Darndale community to primary and post primary education at DCU’s Institute of Education.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, attended the launch of the Darndale hub, the first of two centres planned, with the second scheduled for Kilbarrack later this month. 

The decision to locate these centres in Darndale and Kilbarrack follows the National Access Plan 2015-2019 which recognises Dublin 17 as having the lowest progression rates to third level education in the country.

The centres will include informal and formal education sessions (including taster courses), with a focus also on mentoring and informational meetings about teaching as a career, access to the teaching profession, as well as supports for the Irish language. 

It is hoped that these sessions and supports will provide key information to potential applicants from the local area, upskill both young people and adults to enable them to apply, and ultimately promote a culture of confidence about pursuing teaching as a career.

Outreach sessions will seek to engage a wide variety of people from the local area, including special needs assistants (SNA), childcare workers, parents and members of the Travelling community who may wish to become teachers. 

Second level students in local DEIS schools who may seek additional academic supports to access teaching will also be encouraged to engage with the hub.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton said: “Tackling educational disadvantage and ensuring all children have the opportunity to fulfil their full potential is a key priority of mine during my time as Minister. 

“That is why I am delighted to see the launch of the Darndale learning hub, which will make an invaluable contribution to the local community.

“This is one of a range of new initiatives that are being funded by my Department to help support more people from communities, like Darndale, to become teachers. 

“This is such a positive and pioneering development: these new teachers will be role models for their community and will inspire others to follow in their path.”

 

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