Longford man raising funds to help those less fortunate

Ballymore man gets set for Ugandan community education programme

Aisling Kiernan

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Longford man raising funds to help those less fortunate

Conor Whyte us raising funds to travel to Uganda.

Ballymore man, Conor Whyte is currently organising a major fundraiser to help him get to Uganda this summer where he will assist with community education.

The teacher training student attended school in Scoil Eoin Naofa, Ballymore and Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon. He now works part-time in Hanlon's Gala, Longford town.

Conor is currently in his second year of the Bachelor of Education programme in DCU Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra and will undertake the voluntary teaching placement in Uganda for eight weeks this summer.

He was selected to participate in the programme alongside a number of other Bachelor of Education Students, through DCU’s Institute of Education Réalt Programme.

“In Uganda, I will be working alongside Ugandan student-teacher counterparts on educational programmes within mainstream and Special Educational settings as well as local community-based projects,” he told the Leader this week.

“This experience will enrich education in Uganda, but will also massively enhance my teaching capabilities within Ireland.

“This programme has worked since 1998 to develop close partnerships between teachers, teacher educators and colleges of education in Ireland and in a range of African countries.

“Most recently, the programme has focussed exclusively on Irish-Ugandan exchange.”

Before he goes to Africa, however, Conor needs to raise €3,000 and has already managed to secure €600 through his Facebook campaign.

A table quiz is also set for March 16 next at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule, and when the Leader caught up with Conor, he was on his way to chat to the pupils at his former national school where they too have a plan in place to raise some much needed funds for the Ballymore man’s African adventure.

“I would hugely appreciate any assistance in helping me raise the amount required,” added Conor, before indicating that if people wished to support the cause by cheque, amounts should be made payable to DCU or Conor Whyte.

People are also asked to come out and support the Ballymore man’s table quiz which will guarantee a great night’s craic for all participants.

“All donations will be very much appreciated and I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me thus far,” Conor concluded.