04 July, 2011
Aurion Learning recently welcomed visitors from Holy Rosary Primary School for a school outing.
The eight Key Stage Two visitors (eight to ten year olds) are all members of Business in the Community's ‘Time To Read’ initiative and were onsite to visit their reading mentors (Applications Developers Alan Boyd and David Anderson, and Director, Ciaran O'Hare).
The three Aurion Learning employees volunteer at Holy Rosary and Orangefield Primary Schools for one hour per week and spend time working one to one with school children, helping them learn to read confidently.
Speaking about the initiative, Ciaran O'Hare, Director of Aurion Learning said,
''This is our second year on the 'Time to Read' programme and we’ll definitely be participating again. According to the National Literary Trust (2009) one person in six has difficulty with reading and writing. Clearly this has negative implications for the individuals, our society and our economy.
Through the 'Time to Read' initiative, we’re trying to improve children's literacy at a young age and help children become confident readers. So far, the feedback from pupils has been really positive and we think this experience not only enables them to improve their reading skills, but also helps them develop confidence and better communication skills.''
Time to Read is part of the 'Time to' programmes developed by Business in the Community and local Education and Library Boards. The 'Time to' programme includes Time to Read, Time 2 Count and Time to Compute and aims to help improve literacy, numeracy and computing skills in local primary schools.
Aurion Learning is one of 48 of Northern Ireland's leading companies participating in the 'Time to' programmes, across 63 schools across Northern Ireland. These programmes have won both the Belfast Telegraph Business and NICVA/Camelot Link awards for Outstanding Community Involvement.
Pictured above (L-R) David Anderson, Alan Boyd and Ciaran O'Hare of Aurion Learning with Vice Principal Mr H McGivern and the pupils of Holy Rosary Primary School.
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