How Meitheal works
THE MEITHEAL Programme is a peer mentoring programme unique to Co Wexford involving senior students being trained to work with small groups of First Year students to help them to settle into secondary school.
The programme has been managed and delivered by Wexford Local Development and formerly Co Wexford Partnership for the past 14 years and is in place in all 22 secondary schools in Co Wexford. In 2013, 244 leaders were selected, trained and supported in their schools as part of the Meitheal Programme.
While there are similar programmes in other counties, the Meitheal Programme is unique to Co Wexford in that it is a countywide programme co-ordinated by an external co-ordinator and in-school co-ordinators.
The effectiveness of the programme is widely acknowledged, and documented, primarily by the students and teachers who experience the benefits in their schools.
Initially funding for the programme was received through the Department of Education and Science from a fund specifically targeted at students at risk of experiencing educational disadvantage but for the past number of years all Co Wexford First Year students have benefited from it.
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