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Housing Executive and Miniversity inspire schoolchildren

Isabella White enjoying the day at City Hall during the primary school careers fair. Picture by Hugh Russell

SCHOOLCHILDREN have been taking part in a cross community project to help learn about careers in science, technology, arts and mathematics.

Miniversity, a careers-themed after school computer club, marked the culmination of this year's project with pupils dressed in career-themed costumes, from astronauts to judges and doctors.

Aimed at exposing primary school children to careers, Miniversity engaged with two schools near the west Belfast interface with assistance from the Housing Executive.

Black Mountain Shared Space Project received £10,000 in Housing Executive funding for a pilot project involving Harmony PS in Glencairn and Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh in Ballymurphy.

Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, Gus Moore said the scheme allowed young people from all backgrounds to engage with digital technology and increase skills and confidence.

Miniversity director, Michelle Owens Gregory said children learned about different careers while honing ICT and presentation skills.

"Apart from raising the ICT skills levels, the program has opened the children's eyes to a wide variety of possible careers for the future," she said.

Pilib Misteil, from Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh, said children were "provided with thought provoking scenarios aimed at broadening their views on future opportunities and providing a platform for discussions and research".

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