Over 90 DIT Students Volunteer as Maths Tutors
Congratulations to all the students from DIT and the two local secondary schools which took part in the first Voluntary Mathematics Tuition Programme. The students involved were presented with Certificates of Participation by College Director, Mike Murphy at special ceremony on 12 May 2011 in DIT Bolton Street.
Since last October 45 DIT engineering undergraduates have volunteered their time to provide free maths tutoring to 45 Leaving Certificate pupils. The two local secondary schools involved were Mount Carmel Girls School on Kings Inn Street and St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street.
The Voluntary Mathematics Tuition Programme is co-ordinated by Colm Carey, a PhD student at DIT who is also a Michael O’Donnell Scholar. When Colm first advertised the programme it was over-subscribed with 90 DIT students expressing an interest in volunteering. As a result he hopes to involve an additional secondary school in the next programme.
Colm Carey also highlighted the wide-ranging support that the programme received from the teachers at Mount Carmel and St. Paul’s, the DIT staff at Bolton Street and the DIT Access Service.
The Voluntary Mathematics Tuition Programme is funded by the Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fund which supports engineering teaching and research activities in DIT. The fund was established with a legacy from the estate of the late Michael O’Donnell, former principal of Bolton Street College of Technology and the first acting President of DIT. The Fund is managed by DIT Foundation, a registered charity that promotes and supports the development of DIT.