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Saturday 16 December 2017

Education the key to lift us out of recession

SAOIRSE MCGARRIGLE

'EDUCATION IS the key out of our present economic difficulties', that was the message sent out by Mayor Davy Hynes at the research symposium held by Early Childhood Care and Education and Applied Social Studies.

After carrying out in depth research across a wide variety of fields the final year students came together to put on display the fruits of their labour.

One project which particularly caught the attention of Cllr Joe Ryan was that of Sinead Tyrell, final year Applied Social Studies student.

Sinead's project honed in on the Meitheal leadership programme run in secondary schools.

'I will certainly be taking back some of the findings from this project to the CBS', said Cllr Joe Ryan, who's also a Secondary School teacher at the CBS Wexford.

21-year-old, Sarah O'hanlon, Blanchardstown, completed a research on the issue of antisocial behaviour.

Sarah is one of many students who has bucked the trend and rather than travelling to the capital for third level education, she left Dublin to come and study in Wexford!

However, Sarah's home town was never far from her mind.

'I chose the topic of anti-social behaviour because it is a very real problem in some parts of Dublin and I was able to travel home to carry out some parts of my research', she explained.

For other more mature students, these courses are what Mayor Davy Hynes described as a 'second chance at education'.

Abimbola Okegbile, originally from Nigeria, has studied by night at the campus.

Her research centred on the topic of mental health services in Wexford, which she described as her 'passion'.

On the research night her two proud children Samuel aged 15 and Deborah aged 9 got the opportunity to learn a little more about their mother's college work.

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