Self Esteem and Confidence in Secondary School Students Recognised at DIT Ceremony

Dublin, 26th May, 2006: The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton today presented over 100 First Year students from the Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount and St Paul's CBS with certificates for their successful participation in DIT's Pathways through Education programme at a special ceremony held in DIT Aungier Street.

DIT's Pathways through Education is an innovative programme designed to help raise self-esteem, confidence and motivation in secondary school students. The programme is run in partnership with two Dublin inner city secondary schools, the Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount, Dublin 8 and St Paul's CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

Ross Kavanagh, St. Paul's CBS, North Brunswick Street and Jessica Corcoran, Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount who were presented with their "Pathways Through Education" Certificates.

Fully integrated into the school system, the programme works in partnership with students, school staff and parents to develop a holistic approach to the enhancement of self-esteem during a timetabled weekly 'therapeutic intervention' and a counselling/psychotherapy service.

Speaking about Pathways, DIT's Fiona Masterson, who manages the programme said; 'In addition to offering students a counselling service, the programme uses various and innovative intervention methods including drama, script writing and digital media to address issues such as relationships, peer pressure, bullying, alcohol/drug use and sexuality'. She added 'Students are encouraged not only to develop greater insight into their own personalities, but also to work as part of a team and over time this enhances their relationships within school and at home with their families.'

Speaking at the ceremony, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, said that he wished to congratulate each and every student present on their achievement. In addition, he thanked everyone involved in the programme for all their hard work and dedication. 'Pathway', said Professor Norton, 'has proven a very successful programme helping students to engage effectively with the educational system and ultimately setting them on a positive path in terms of life after school and future employment.'

The ceremony concluded with the premiere of eight films based on the Celtic Myth, the Children of Lir which were scripted and produced by 1st year secondary students on the Pathways programme.

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