How We Work

The Access and Civic Engagement programme was established in 1996 by DIT lecturer Dr. Tommy Cooke. The Access and Civic Engagement programme works with individuals and communities to support them to reach their full educational potential.

Educational disadvantage is a complex problem affecting all age groups in variety of settings, school community etc. We attempt to address this issue using a variety of co-ordinated approaches tailored to the needs of the groups with whom we work.

Each of the Access and Civic Engagement programmes use different ways to engage, support and facilitate individuals, students and communities.

These ways include:

  • The provision of a dedicated access service to work with and support young people before and after they come to third level education
  • The provision to disadvantaged communities of state of the art computer facilities and computer education so that they learn new skills and are able to participate in an information society
  • Introducing young people to the latest information technology in schools and by developing primary and secondary school based programmes that allow young people to learn and develop in a fun way
  • Music programmes which encourage young people in primary and secondary schools to learn and develop new skills
  • The provision of an access course for mature students to give them the skills they need to participate in third level education
  • The development of programmes which support DIT students to learn in communities and not for profit organisations and where the skills of these students support the development of these communities and organisations