Children’s Hope delivered projects both through School Completion and After School in 2010.
Thanks to funding from Foras na Gaeilge we delivered Irish to 5 schools with the tremendous help of the very energetic Branar Theatre Company which proved to be a great success for all involved, It will be Branar that will develop and deliver the Irish for the Children’s Hope Internet TV on location in Galway.
Thanks to the Minister for Children we were able to deliver Science & Engineering with the assistance of Science 2 Life into 6 schools and on the back of that success we will have a follow through for the coming school year. The children also enjoyed the great enthusiasm of Andrew Fleming and Bio Diversity.
In October 2010 the groups from Dun Laoghaire, Sallynoggin and Ballybrack did us all very proud when they participated in a United Nations Project - apart from enjoying a trip to the Naval Base the group held a LIVE workshop on Bullying in Waterford Institute of Technology and it was watched live on the Internet in UK, USA, South Africa and Canada - this was the first time that children so young had used the Internet 2 technology and proved the need and ability for such a resource.
D-Village was a Children’s Hope project in partnership Southside Partnership, VEC, IADT, FIS, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Enterprise Board, Foras na Gaelige & other stake holders.
The skills covered in the D-Village project include: Enterprise Skills, ICT skills, Intercultural Global Teen-Teen partnerships and Inclusion.
The aim of D-Village was to:
Participation was restricted to teenagers (13 – 18) and included the marginalised.
The Village went live for three days in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Hall in March 2009 to celebrate St. Patrick’s festival week. The target number of countries represented in ‘D-Village’ for 2009 was 20. Ten countries represented by schools and ten countries represented by community groups.
In January 2010 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Library Services in conjunction with Children’s Hope (CHY 15032) launched a writers workshop for boys & girls aged 7-9 years of age. The community project was co-ordinated by Brida O’Brien on a voluntary basis. The children who soon became known as The Book Worm Club met every Wednesday and worked with their tutor Helen Ryan on their stories, the theme being Explorer/Adventurer. Helen gave a great new insight into reading and writing coupled with their terrific imaginations it makes for great reading.
Congratulations to Carmel Kelly and the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Library Services for being progressive in their vision and providing this opportunity to the children, it has benefited them greatly in many ways. It was also very fitting that we had the Minister for Children Mr. Barry Andrews TD officially launch the children’s book.