Pictured at the LGTE 2015 homework club launch are Jerry O’Dea, Limerick Metropolitan Mayor, Suzanne Roche, CEO of LGTE, Marian Ryan, homework club volunteer and Naoise McCormack, UL student and homework club volunteer.
The 2015 Homework Club, part of Limericks Gateway to Education organisation, was launched this Tuesday evening at Plassey Village.
LGTE is a non-profit organisation, established in 2012 to address economic and social barriers to education.
Limericks Gateway to Education 2015 Homework Club now in its third year, is a special feature of the organisation and runs from Tuesday – Thursday, 4.30pm 0 6.30pm, priced at €5 for three evenings.
Suzanne Roche, CEO of LGTE, recalled the inspiration for the club three years ago.
“A lady came into the shop one day. She couldn’t read or write and she didn’t want her child to know, and she didn’t want the school to know.” she said.
After reaching out to people about the homework club and services that could be offered, Suzanne now has a “full house” with the club, which continues to grow each year.
Metropolitan Mayor, Jerry O’Dea, attended the launch in support of the club.
“It is a fantastic facility and I have no doubt that is has helped children in the past year years,” he said.
The Mayor acknowledged that “without the volunteers and the buddy system”, the success and progression of the programme would not be possible.
Volunteers for the homework club also see benefits from this programme, as one UL student, Naoise McCormack, explained.
“I helped out, because it was offered to us through our volunteering programme in UL. I loved it so much, I asked her [Suzanne] if I could do my co-op placement with her, which is a compulsory part of my course, and it’s been amazing.” she said.
Ms McCormack is confident in the initiative’s abilities and what is offered, saying it is “hugely” beneficial to the students, attributing the success to the one-to-one tutoring offered.
The club, established to provide support for children facing barriers with their homework and education, is made possible by the volunteer students from UL and Mary Immaculate College.
Visit the LGTE website to read more about the homework club here
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