Student Enterprise Programme Competition
We were delighted to be involved with the Student Enterprise Programme this year and to be the sponsor of the SMART Business Awards. Congratulations to the winners. Shannon McClenaghan from Our Lady's Secondary School Monaghan in the Junior Category and Tomás McGrath from Presentation College Athenry in the Senior Category.
The aim of the SMART Business Award competition is to encourage students to think creatively about how they can use their "smarts" to solve everyday problems and come up with a product/service that simply improves an existing business idea.
Oireachtas Essay Competition
We are very pleased to be one of the sponsors of the Oireachtas Essay Competition. Senior Cycle students across the island of Ireland were invited to submit an essay on the topic ‘Parliamentary Politics Matters’. Congratulations to the competition winners pictured at the prize giving ceremony in the Dáil Éireann. We were delighted to be in attendance and look forward to next year's competition.
We are delighted to be working with Dublin City University to provide scholarships to four students to become Ireland’s first Deaf primary school teachers using Irish Sign Language (ISL). This means that future generations of children will have a more inclusive experience in school because they will be taught by teachers who are Deaf or hard of hearing themselves. The four students are now in their final year of the course.
Kinia Reading Buddy Programme
Kinia brings together Camara Ireland, TechSpace and Suas to create a new education non-profit charity and social enterprise. We take part in the Reading Buddy Programme. Our team volunteer to be a “Reading Buddy” with children in a local primary school. The programme runs twice a week for 8 weeks and it helps children become more confident in their reading. “Probably the best hour for me in my week, to see the immediate and progressive improvement with the children you are paired with is hugely rewarding” Andrew Miller, Folens CEO.
We have worked with Youth Horizons for a number of years. Youth Horizons offer early school leavers the opportunity to complete their secondary education. They also provide support and guidance to help young people achieve their true potential by working with them to aim for their brightest "Horizons".
GOAL’s annual Jersey Day event
We are very proud to support GOAL’s annual Jersey Day event. Every year, hundreds of schools and businesses across Ireland get their kit on for GOAL. Jersey Day is a fun, easy way to give back to communities in need.
GOAL is an international humanitarian response agency founded in Ireland over 40 years ago. The money raised on GOAL Jersey Day allows GOAL staff to respond quickly and effectively to crisis, providing life-saving support and rebuilding communities across the globe.
Jersey Day usually takes place in October each year. Teachers who take part in Jersey Day are entered into a draw to win €1,000 towards a set of new jerseys for your school!
We are delighted to support Citywise Education, a charity which provides young people with after-school and out-of-school educational support. Citywise’s educational programmes raise the sights of young people, give them an enthusiasm for learning and open possibilities for further education. We are proud that our contribution enables the charity to continue providing support in helping young people to reach their full potential.
This year we were delighted to present the Folens Publishers award to this year's Choir of the Year, Mount Sackville Secondary School Senior Choir. Feis Ceoil is an event of major significance in the development of musical talent in Ireland. Feis Ceoil Association promotes excellence in the learning and performance of music across all ages, levels and disciplines. We are proud to be part of this initiative.
Children in Hospital Ireland
Since 1970, Children in Hospital Ireland’s team of staff, supporters and volunteers have been playing a major role in initiating and furthering changes in how children are cared for in Irish hospitals.
We have been proud partners of CIH for over 10 years, donating thousands of Christmas Annuals to be distributed in children’s hospitals and wards each year.