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The shortlist for the Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2019 has been announced, with Linesight shortlisted within the ‘Partnership with a Charity’ category. The Awards take place in Dublin in September 2019, recognising the great work being done in the CSR space by businesses in Ireland.
Linesight has been working with the Irish Youth Foundation since early 2018, establishing the partnership with the goal of delivering an impactful education programme to children from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds, in communities in which we work. Given that the nature of our business is closely linked with mathematical skills, maths education was an obvious choice to support through our CSR activities, and the Maths-Whizz programme seemed a natural fit.
Developed by Whizz Education and implemented by Camara Education locally, Maths-Whizz is an online maths tutoring tool developed by Whizz Education, with proven, positive results in delivering maths education to children and improving numeracy. It was decided that the focus for the programme would be on children aged 6-12 years in DEIS schools and youth/homework clubs in communities in which we work. Ultimately, the objective is to engage young people, in an effort to create a major, sustainable impact on the lives of children living in vulnerable circumstances. Initially piloted from May to July 2018, the programme currently supports 250 children in St. James’s Primary School in Dublin 8, the Aisling Project in Ballymun, and Ringsend and Irishtown Homework Club, as part of a three-year partnership with the IYF.
Across these three locations, in the initial project assessment at the five-month stage, an average maths age improvement of seven months had been achieved. We are delighted that our partnership with the IYF is already delivering tangible, positive results for the children that we are supporting, and look forward to expanding this programme to now reach 435 children in Ireland, as well as expanding this CSR initiative into more of the regions in which we operate.