In our latest round of funding, basis.point committed a further €469,000 to educational projects broadening its geographic reach to include Kilkenny, Wexford, Galway and Waterford, in addition to extending our existing projects in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. These projects, delivered in conjunction with two of our existing partner charities, will benefit children across the complete educational life cycle from 18 months to 18 years of age.
Board Member Fiona Mulcahy commented “It is immensely rewarding to work so closely with charities that are making a visible difference to the lives and educational aspirations of young people”.
Archways was our first chosen partner charity in 2014 and we have supported them to deliver the Incredible Years (IY) and Mentoring for Achievement (MAP) programmes initially in Dublin and then also, from 2017, in Limerick and Cork. This year we have committed additional funding of €227,000 over a two-year period to enable them to introduce these programmes in counties Kilkenny and Wexford.
Basis.point also approved new funding of up to €242,000 to Suas Educational Development to support the running, further rollout and evaluation of numeracy intervention targeted at children with low achievement scores in various DEIS schools in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
Suas first developed their Numeracy Mentoring Programme through initial support from basis.point. The programme was piloted in the 2016/2017 academic year with extremely positive results. Due to the success of the pilot, and the commitment of further funding from basis.point, Suas are in a position to roll out the Programme nationwide and will now have more than 240 trained volunteers throughout 5 locations in Ireland with up to 3000 children benefitting from this support.
Aidan Tiernan, Chairman of the Disbursements Committee commented “Suas have been thorough in their analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of their numeracy programme and we are confident that this timely intervention will significantly improve the children’s maths skills as well as their self-esteem and engagement.”
This latest round of funding brings the total amount committed by basis.point to partner charities to €1.4 million.