Local school children inspired

Published: Thur, 28 Jun 2018
Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh Primary School children
By the Housing Executive and Miniversity
School children, aged between 5 and 11 years old, will descend on Belfast City Hall this Thursday, (June 28th), for a careers fair with a difference, supported by the Housing Executive.
Miniversity, an innovative, cross-community, careers-themed after school computer club, is marking the culmination of this year’s project and children attending will be dressed in career-themed costumes, from astronauts to judges and doctors.
Aimed at exposing primary school children to careers in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Arts and Mathematics), Miniversity has engaged with two schools near the West Belfast Interface with assistance from the Housing Executive.
Black Mountain Shared Space Project received £10,000 in Housing Executive funding for a pilot project so that students from Harmony Primary in Glencairn and Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh in Ballymurphy could engage with the project.
Seamus Corr from Black Mountain Shared Space Project, said:
“We are delightedwith the ongoing support from the Housing Executive, to be able to help build the capacity of local young people. We feel strongly that we can tackle many obstacles placed in the way of young people in obtaining additional first class educational support and that we can help map potential careers for those involved in the Miniversity model.”
Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, Gus Moore, explained:
“We were delighted to support this project, allowing young people from all backgrounds to engage with digital tech, to increase skills and confidence and to learn about a diverse selection of STEAM careers.”
Pupils from Harmony Primary School
Miniversity Director, Michelle Owens Gregory, outlined that:
“In each session, the children learn about a different career whilst honing their ICT & presentation skills. Apart from raising the ICT skills levels, the program has opened the children’s eyes to a wide variety of possible careers for the future.”
Pilib Misteil, from Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh, said:
“The children were provided with thought provoking scenarios aimed at broadening their views on future opportunities and providing a platform for discussions and research.”
Alison Hutchinson from Harmony Primary School said:
“Miniversity was fun, but also educational – the children learned about a wide range of careers, some of which they had never heard of before.
"Thank you so much to Miniversity and Black Mountain Shared Space for organising this pilot and to the NI Housing Executive for funding the programme.”
Other schools participating in this year’s Miniversity included Crawfordsburn PS, St Bernard’s PS, Victoria College Belfast Prep, Black Mountain PS and Holy Cross Girls’ School.