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DROGHEDA PROJECT RECOGNISES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

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PAN Project

Drogheda community representatives recently came together at Ballsgrove Community Centre to recognise the achievements of students from St. Oliver's Community College following their successful participation in the Drogheda PAN Project funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

Over the last nine-months, this innovative youth programme has provided young people from the wider local community – including St. Oliver's Community College – with life skills training in areas such as personal development, leadership skills and entrepreneurship. A key aim has been to promote community involvement and awareness while building greater self-confidence and self-esteem among participants. 

The PAN Project is administered by Foróige and works with young people between the ages of 12–18 in both the school and community setting in Drogheda. The project is funded as part of the International Fund for Ireland’s Peace Impact Programme, which aims to build sustainable peace and prosperity in areas suffering from high levels of economic and social deprivation.

Key elements of the PAN Project include:

  • Personal Development: PX2 is a programme with worldwide success in helping young people to increase their self-confidence and achieve success in all areas of their lives, including at school, in relationships and at work. STEPS is a programme targeting parents of students in the school and aims to enable these adults to develop difficult skills that employers demand.
  • Leadership: Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life is a Leadership programme aimed at young people aged 15 and over.  Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and self-awareness.
  • Entrepreneurship: NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is a cutting-edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme that enables young people to set up their own business - trading their goods, devising a business plan and presenting their business plan to a panel of judges.

At the event, students were presented with certificates marking their completion of various components of the programme. The event also included a video overview of the entrepreneurship element, highlighting the achievements of the transition year students who completed the NFTE programme.

The NFTE element included invaluable mentorship of students by Collette Farrell (Calipo), Lorraine Murphy (Lorraine Murphy Coaching), Frank Kelly (Intervac Ireland), Kenneth Rooney (AIB) and Nicola Reynolds (Drogheda Chamber).  The Louth Volunteer Centre and Calipo worked closely with Foróige in delivering this element of the programme, while local videographer Chris Clarke compiled the video.

As part of the NFTE programme, students were also introduced to three local charities: the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, the Louth Community Drug and Alcohol Team, and the Drogheda and District Support 4 Older People. This was a very valuable experience for the students, most of whom were not aware of the issues faced by those supported by the charities. Nearly €500, half of the profits generated from the student enterprises, was donated to these groups.

Commenting on the project, Gwen Lanigan of the International Fund for Ireland, said: “The Fund is committed to delivering real and positive transformation in communities through the Peace Impact Programme. As such, we’re proud to be associated with the Drogheda Pan Project and the tremendous work they are carrying out in disadvantaged areas. In particular, I would like to congratulate all the participants in the various elements of the programme. The students from St. Oliver's Community College have excelled in what they have achieved throughout the project – the benefits of which will be felt for years to come not only in terms of their personal development but also throughout the wider community.”

Bronagh Conlon                , co-ordinator of the PAN Project said: “I would like to acknowledge the generous support we’ve received from the International Fund for Ireland for this nine-month project. This is a fantastic day for all the participants involved in this project and a well-deserved recognition for each of the students and all the hard work and effort they have put in across each of three modules.”

“We’ve seen first-hand how much the students have gained from the initiative in terms of increased confidence, patience and teamwork skills. The project has helped has helped equip them with the skills needed to communicate more effectively and to make better life choices while promoting community awareness and engagement. I truly believe that their communities will benefit from their involvement with the PAN Project.”  

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