As part of their Young Social Innovators Project ‘Sign of the Times’ a group of 15 students from our school were successful in their application for funding to the YSI Dragons Den Panel. We are delighted to be one of only 25 schools chosen from around Ireland to pitch to the Den for either financial or mentoring support. A small number of girls from the YSI Team were invited to make their pitch to the Den Panel. Ellie Kavanagh, Jenni Kilduff, Emma Burke and Ciara Ward did a superb job on the day in their preparation and pitch to the Dragons Den. The girls were thrilled to receive €480.00 euro from the Dragons which will be used towards progressing their project. The girls are focussing on the issue of making Irish Sign Language a recognised language. Irish Sign Language is a language of the face, hands and body. It is unique to Ireland, and there are currently over 5,000 deaf people and an additional 35,000 hearing people using Irish Sign Language on a daily basis. The girls are raising awareness around this issue and hope to break down barriers faced and experienced by members of the deaf community. Currently, there is a Bill before the Seanad which is now at committee stage which proposes to provide for the recognition of Irish Sign Language on a statutory basis. It also proposes to help implement action plans, set down guiding principles etc. which will make it easier for deaf people when accessing services from many state bodies. Our YSI team are currently designing and producing a series of booklets which can be used by many local businesses, organisations and state bodies which will help to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Congratulations Girls – a job well done!
Pictured above L-R: Ciara Ward, Ellie Kavanagh, Jenni Kilduff and Emma Burke who were successful in their presentation to the Dragons Den with their Young Social Innovator (YSI) project.