A new initiative we have recently committed to sponsor is with the National College of Ireland in aiding them establish the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) to address long-term problems of mass unemployment, poverty and poor educational attainment in the area. The aim is to change lives by providing an integrated programme of activities, training and support for children, parents and teachers.
This scheme is aimed at helping children from the age of three upwards with the objective of narrowing the gap in language and mathematical development between children from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. The sad fact is that without early intervention, many lifestyles have been determined before a child even starts school.
Knowing this, Panda have committed financial support to the Early Learning Initiative to help develop children’s social, language and thinking skills from an early age - ensuring that children start school ready to learn - and with the skills and support they need to be successful throughout their education.