In February 2017 we were forced to discontinue our Education Programme due to lack of funding. This is very regrettable as the area of Education is an area of vital importance to Travellers and Roma. Our programme took a two-prong approach –
A) – working with Travellers to identify Traveller needs and develop innovative approaches and
B) – working with service providers and the State to generate awareness on Traveller issues and to develop policy
We will endeavour to continue elements of the programme work as best we can using existing resources. See below for an overview of our Education Programme that was…
The Education Programme in Pavee Point had three key aims:
- Prevent Traveller and Roma exclusion from the education system.
- Promote Traveller and Roma inclusion inclusion in the education system.
- Improve the educational outcomes for Traveller and Roma students.
The education programme aimed to ensure that all education policies and strategies include Traveller and Roma. To this end the programme sat on a number of advisory and consultative groups. The programme also regularly develops policy briefings and submissions for consideration by education stakeholders and Government Departments. These reports and submissions are available to view and download here.
Part of the Education Programme’s work was piloting new initiatives to ensure better educational outcomes for Traveller and Roma children. In collaboration with the National College of Ireland’s Early Learning Initiative, we piloted the Parent Child Home Programme with Traveller families in the Blanchardstown/Finglas area. The programme works with children aged between 18 months – 3 years. You can find out more about the programme here.
The Education Programme delivered an innovative programme of teacher training in a number of primary teacher training colleges throughout the year. In collaboration with St. Patrick’s College and Trócaire, the programme also delivered a week long summer course to qualified primary school teachers looking at themes such as racism, interculturalism, human rights education and global justice.
For more info on diversity and equality in Early Childhood Education go to www.edenn.org.
The Education Programme developed education resources which support the inclusion of Traveller and Roma pupils in education settings. A post primary education resource which looks at diversity, inclusion and the Traveller and Roma communities is due to be launched.
The Pavee Point education team delivered a programme for Traveller parents that looked at issues facing Traveller parents and children in school. The training was delivered by Travellers for Travellers and looked at issues such as bullying, grants, education supports and the educations welfare service.