EMC Ireland COE held a Junior Achievement Recognition Ceremony for its volunteers on 28th June 2016. EMC was delighted to welcome Liz McEvoy, Cork Area Manager, JAI, and Siobhain O'Hea, Programme Coordinator, JAI, to present Certificates at the first Recognition Ceremony to take place in Ireland this year. Over the past year 20 EMC Ireland Employees, coordinated by Elaine Beare, inspired and motivated 527 students through volunteering in 14 local Cork schools.
Across Ireland Junior Achievement had 2,910 Business Volunteers and visited 528 schools, reaching over 59,000 students in total. This is fantastic achievement when you consider that 20 years ago, when Junior Achievement Ireland started just 600 students were reached!
The aim of Junior Achievement is to "To inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work". Each volunteer visits a school once a week over a 5/6 week period and teaches a class to the students. Classes for Primary Schools cover the topics: - Ourselves, Our Families, Our Community, Our City, Our Nation, Our World, Our Universe and More Than Money. The Secondary School classes are More Than Money, Economics of Staying in School, Financing Your Future, Success Skills, and Company Programme. you can read more about these programmes here
The EMC Ireland Volunteers taught a wide range of the above classes across Terms 1, 2 and 3 in the past year. As the 2015-2016 school year draws to a close, we would like to say thank you and well done to all the EMC Volunteers and everyone involved in this very worthwhile initiative. Your participation really does make a difference to the students you teach.