A funding boost to expand extra-curricular learning in Fife could have a transformative impact on children’s lives, it has been claimed.
Children’s University Scotland has been given £70,000 by the Robertson Trust to extend its work with youngsters across the region.
Along with Fife College, it will develop activities such as arts, sports and gallery visits, for disadvantaged children aged between five and 14.
It is hoped the approach will help raise pupils’ aspirations and attainment as their confidence improves.
The funding will be used to complement the already successful First Chances Fife Programme run by Fife College and St Andrews University, which also offers learning experiences for pupils from P7 to S6.
Neil Mathers, Children’s University Scotland chief executive, said: “Enjoyable learning activities outside of formal schooling can have a transformative impact on children’s lives through enhancing wellbeing, boosting confidence and developing new skills.”
Fife College said it was delighted to receive the funding.
Assistant principal Iain Hawker said: “By continuing to work together on initiatives like this, we can maximise our overall effect, widening opportunities and enhancing the lives of young people across Scotland.”
DonnaMarie Steel, scholarship officer with the Robertson Trust, said it was important all children had the chance to thrive.
The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland.