10 July 2012

Fitzgerald Awards Graduation Certs to ‘The Get Ahead Club’ Students

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, presented graduation certificates to 60 children from 3rd Class across North Clondalkin and Balgaddy in acknowledgement of their hard work in The Get Ahead Club programme.

The Get Ahead Club, through after-school groups, breakfast clubs and summer and Easter programmes, aims to increase children’s participation in education. Over two years, the children involved learnt to develop good homework patterns, good school attendance, and positive relationships with their peers and adults.

Speaking at the graduation, Minister Fitzgerald was impressed by the children’s hard work stating, “As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs it is always a great joy to have the opportunity to meet with such hard working young people. It is vitally important for children to take every opportunity to learn and do as well as possible in school. These children have taken that opportunity and I congratulate them for their hard work in getting to this graduation ceremony.”

Minister Fitzgerald also paid tribute to the club’s Project Coordinator Rita Sweeney, the schools involved, all the volunteers and the families. “The families have been an integral part of the success of the work of the project to help support their children’s education and development. I am glad to see so many proud parents here today who have helped their children in this fantastic achievement,” said Fitzgerald.

In her capacity of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Minister Fitzgerald has committed to make resources available resources to ensure that young people get every chance to achieve their educational potential. During this school year, her Department  has committed  €667k to the School Completion Programme areas (Collinstown SCP and Quarryvale/Balgaddy SCP) covered by the Get Ahead Club of which €160k goes to the Get Ahead Club itself.

“I believe this project is a collaborative effort, where everyone is helping and learning from each other. Schools cannot educate children in isolation and we all need to work together as a community to offer meaningful and relevant learning opportunities for young people,” concluded Fitzgerald.