Learning Links announced as FICAP Charity Partner

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The Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP) has announced Learning Links as their newest charity partner. A wonderful win for Learning Links that will greatly support the educational needs of children and families with learning difficulties and disabilities.

We are thrilled to be selected as one of the FICAP charities said Learning Links CEO, Birgitte Maibom.

“The funding support of FICAP will greatly assist Learning Links to deliver vital services to children and families, especially those who are disadvantaged across Sydney.

“Learning Links is a charity and not-for-profit organisation that provides specialist intervention services to help children reach their full learning potential. There is very little government funding available for children with learning difficulties so with the help of FICAP and Learning Links the education outcomes, wellbeing and potential of these children can be greatly enhanced.

“We are grateful for this opportunity. FICAP is just as committed to our vision to support a future where learning difficulties are no longer a barrier for any child. Where every child has the right to equal learning opportunities,” said Ms Maibom.

The FICAP Committee is made up industry participants presenting a number of major advice, platform and banking groups. FICAP raises money for charities that benefit young Aussies and their families with the support of the Sydney financial services community. To date, FICAP has donated more than $1.5 million to charities.

“Our charities do an incredible job in our communities and we’re looking forward to raising even more money to support them,” said FICAP Chairman, Chris Larsen.

FICAP funding will support Learning Links popular and results driven ‘Counting for Life Program’. A 10-week numeracy educational program where trained volunteers ‘buddies’ work with selected children in Years 3 to 5 at their school to improve numeracy, self-esteem and confidence. In 2016-2017, the ‘Counting for Life’ program was delivered across 17 schools to 164 children with the assistance of 91 volunteers.

The program can advance a child’s counting age by as much as 17 months in the following skills: 

  • Numerical Operations increased by 10 months
  • Mathematical Reasoning increased by 11 months
  • Addition increased by 15 months
  • Subtraction increased by 13 months
  • Multiplication increased by 8 months
  • Division increased by 9 months