Miss School Miss Out Ballymun
26 March 2012
115 people attended Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership’s Miss School Miss Out Event, held in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun, Dublin last month. Speaking at the launch was Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, who said that evaluations such as this, and other research, have given her a clear view of what needs to be done to make Ireland one of the best places in the world in which to grow up or to raise a family. The Minister also launched the Evaluation of Ballymun School Attendance Initiative, which is available to download here.

Read more of the Minister’s comments. The event also received Radio Coverage onRTE’s Morning Ireland, broadcasting an interview with Colma Nic Lughadha, Education Programme Manager with Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership. Listen to Colma’s interview here.
  Video of Lord Mayor with local children and teachers in Ballymun – prepared by DCU students
 VoxPop of local people speaking about the importance of education and school attendance
Irish Examiner online featured: Ballymun initiative produces big reduction in school absenteeism
A new initiative in Ballymun, in Dublin, has helped almost halve the absenteeism rate amongst schoolchildren in less than two years. Children in the town have gone to school 14,000 more days thanks to the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership. Attendance promoters were employed part-time in each school, and software was installed allowing teachers to keep a better record of how often a child was absent from class.

Education programme manager Colma Nic Lughadha said that this initiative could easily be rolled out nationwide. "Certainly we feel out here we have a lot to offer nationally, we have been talking to the National Educational Welfare Board," she said. "So we are hopeful that we can help, if you like, influence policy at a national level and share our successes with everybody."