Gifted children from disadvantaged areas have graduated from courses at the University of Limerick.
The primary school children, between the ages of 10 and 12, from areas with traditionally low college attendance rates, celebrated their graduation from the Centre of Academic Achievement (CAA) at UL last week.
Dr Stephen Kinsella, Department of Economics at UL, said the programme has proven results and is very beneficial to the children.
“The idea is to help students and their families see what they are capable of in a world class environment, supported by the best teaching staff we can find,” he said.
The CAA provides academic after school courses to children in subjects such as forensic science, medicine and cartoons and illustrations, that take place on Wednesday afternoons in the Kemmy Business School.
The children were identified by their teachers who were anxious to encourage them to develop their academic talents. Beth, a student of the investigative science course, said: “It was enjoyable because we had a laugh and did work at the same time.”
The project is run by the Department of Economics at the Kemmy Business School in conjunction with the Centre of Talented Youth Ireland at Dublin City University and is supported by the Walt Disney Company.
The Walt Disney Company said they hope this project encourages these students to fulfil their potential and continue to be successful in both second and third-level education.