Lights, Camera, Action as DIT's Pathways Through Education media skills programme receives funding boost from AIB

Dublin, 19th March 2004 - DIT's Pathways Through Education media skills programme has received funding of €3,400 from the AIB Better Ireland Programme. The funding will go towards the purchase of media equipment to be used by students from a number of Dublin inner-city schools involved in the programme.

According to Fiona Masterson, Counsellor, Pathways Through Education `The media skills programme is intended to capture the imagination of young people and nurture their talent.  Thanks to the funding from AIB we can purchase media equipment such as a digital camera, video camera and data projector which will encourage a greater use of educational resources through the use of media technology."

Pathways Through Education, is a joint initiative between the Dublin Institute of Technology and two Dublin schools: Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount in Dublin 8 and St Paul's CBS, North Brunswick Street in Dublin 7.  It was set up in 1997 as part of DIT's Community Links Programme to provide a range of therapeutic services and educational opportunities designed to improve the levels of self-esteem, confidence and motivation in young people and help prevent early school leaving.

Fiona Masterson says, 'We hope that by enabling students to understand their own feelings they can become more resourceful and have more confidence in their future careers and in their local community. We are committed to providing quality social and educational programmes, which will empower young people to make positive and informed choices.'

To date more than €6 million has been granted by the AIB Better Ireland Programme to over 480 projects nationwide that help children to reach their full potential. According to Grainne Muldoon, from AIB, 'The programme provides funding to projects such as the Pathways Through Education that make a difference to children's lives.'

Further details of the AIB Better Ireland Programme, the causes being addressed, and details on how to apply for funding - can be obtained by contacting your local AIB branch or visit the website

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