Targets Needed at all Education levels to Increase Traveller and Roma Participation in Higher Education
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Pavee Point welcomes the new National Access Plan for Equity of Access,
Participation and Success in Higher Education, 2022 – 2028, launched today, and
believes it’s a critical response to supporting progression and retention rates
of Travellers, Roma and other priority groups in higher education.
Since its establishment Pavee Point has been advocating for Traveller and Roma rights in education and called for special measures as well as the inclusion of Travellers and Roma in mainstream education measures.
The National Access Plan launched today, with its targets and budget
lines in relation to Travellers and Roma, is an example of such a special
“The importance of targeted measures, as in the previous National Access
Plan and recent funding to create the conditions of making inclusion possible,
are critical in aiming to increase Traveller and Roma participation in
higher education,” said Megan Berry, Community Development Worker with Pavee
Point speaking at today’s launch.
“Maynooth Access Programme played a significant role in supporting me on
my journey and ensuring that any issues along the way didn’t affect my
education. Initiatives, like the laptop loan scheme and the Student
Assistance Fund saw me through the final years,” added Ms. Berry.
Targets Needed at all Education Levels
Attending the launch Pavee Point
Chairperson Anastasia Crickley said: “While welcoming the
recent announcement of additional funding supports for Traveller Higher
Education students, Pavee Point is clear
that reinforced targets will be needed to achieve parity participation for
Travellers in Higher Education.
“We call for annual
reviews of the Plan’s targets and for immediate targets to enhance second level
completion as well as immediate action, in association with Traveller
organisations to develop and implement the National Traveller Education
Strategy most recently promised in the Programme for Government.
“We acknowledge the
work on disaggregated data and urge further action in this area to ensure that
the ethnic monitoring essential for measuring progress in Traveller
participation in and outcomes from Higher Education is possible “
Travellers and Roma are significantly under-represented in higher
education with many barriers to access and supports across the education
system, from early years to higher education.
In addition to the targets to increase Traveller and Roma access to
higher education in the new National Access Plan, we also welcome the:
inclusion of Roma as a target group for the Plan
action to improve evidence base in this area
discussions to consider the appointment of a PATH co-ordinator in the further education and training sector to support further education – higher education transitions for priority groups with a particular focus on students from Traveller and Roma communities
establishment of PATH 5, a three-year pilot of €450,000 per year, to support access, participation and success for students from the Traveller and Roma communities