This essay will focus on the charity Suas, especially the Literacy support programme it offers to schools in disadvantaged areas such as around Galway, Cork and Dublin. Suas provide a paired reading and homework club which I volunteered with as part of my service learning. The literary support programme runs for eight weeks and requires the volunteer to dedicate one work a week. The charity Suas was founded in 2002 by a group of college students studying in Trinity College Dublin at the time. During my service learning I worked with three different children aged from nine to eleven, what I have learned, experienced and discovered during this programme will be discussed in this essay.
Suas main goal is to provide children in disadvantaged areas with the opportunity to further their education, to reach their full potential and to help promote staying in education (Literary Suas). Suas embraces several core values some of which are respect, diversity, communication and positive change. Suas's vision is to give other young people such as college students the opportunity to reach other to their local communities and create a change (Literary Suas). They work for a child's right o education by encouraging them to stay in education and to see the benefits to them from education. The literacy support programme was established to improve primary school pupils and early secondary school's pupil's ability to read. Despite huge improvements with schemes and class 793 million people across the globe lack the ability to read and write (Literary Suas).
In designated disadvantaged schools (DEIS) in Ireland, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 children has a serious literacy problem and Suas works to combat this. In Galway, Suas have a literar...
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