Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and global test firm Prometric have renewed their partnership for 2013 to support STEM learning in Dundalk schools. Prometric, in addition to a financial contribution to Junior Achievement, will again organise a team of employee volunteers to visit Dundalk-area schools and mentor students.
Planning is also underway for Prometric and Junior Achievement to host a visit for students to Prometric’s Dundalk office to see the types of rewarding careers they can achieve by staying in school and taking an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“The support of Prometric for Junior Achievement, combined with the voluntary efforts of Prometric staff means students in Dundalk and the surrounding area will continue to be offered unique learning opportunities in the coming year. We are grateful for the support of Prometric, which allows us to offer local schools the chance to bring the real world of global economics, technology and education into the classroom and complement the work of teachers in key subject areas like Science, Enterprise and Technology,” said Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement. “We look forward to building on our great working relationship with Prometric staff to inspire young Dundalk students and to work with them to realise their potential.”
In their first year, Prometric volunteers delivered Junior Achievement’s “Our World” STEM programme to 11 classes in Dundalk, across five primary and secondary schools, in areas such as success skills, our community and our universe; all of which include business, tehnology and sciene.
Sinead O’Reilly, a Prometric Test Design Specialist, and students wrote a rap song about energy.
“My experience as a volunteer on the Junior Achievement partnership is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said O’Reilly. “I am grateful to Prometric for taking on such a commitment and allowing employees like me to use our experience outside the workplace to help motivate children of all age-groups. The principal was so delighted with the children’s effort that she asked them to perform the rap in the gym. I have put my name down to volunteer again for the new mathematics programme, Sum It Up, which starts next September. I highly recommend the experience. Everyone should try it. The rewarding feeling is fantastic.”
New this year, Prometric volunteers will introduce Junior Achievement’s interactive Sum It Up programme to Dundalk schools. Sum It Up adds to the learning students receive in the classroom by demonstrating the importance of maths in real life situations.
“We have an amazing group of employees in Dundalk, with local ties to Dundalk who want to give back and inspire students to become successful in school and in their careers,” said Holly Dance, Prometric’s Vice President of Test Development Operations. “The children themselves are enthusiastic learners, and it’s fun to see the energy my colleagues bring back with them to the office.”