Every Child in Education is an exciting and ambitious joint educational initiative between three communities – Rialto, Bluebell and Inchicore. It’s a unique local campaign to improve our children’s education and futures in our areas. Targeting local children and young adults it will achieve three critical things:
For a whole host of understandable reasons, some children and families have negative associations with school. So, we’re working with families, schools and teachers to turn education into a positive.
We’re concentrating on the key moments of
transition in a child’s life:
Going into Primary
Moving from Primary to Secondary
Completing the Junior Cert.
Making it through to Leaving Cert.
Moving beyond Secondary school
Once the children and young people are engaged positively in education, we’ll help them improve their performance while in school – so they find it easier and they perform better.
We will help to build higher expectations in the community that young adults will move on with enthusiasm to different vocational choices, further education, training and positive futures.
The Yeah project was set up in 2005 in a response to low educational qualification attainment in the three areas. The YEAH PROJECT was an educational intervention for Early School Leavers who left school without obtaining the Junior or Leaving Certificate. It worked with young people who may have had a negative or unsatisfactory interaction with mainstream education .The project offered the target group an opportunity to experience an informal adult learning environment in which the individual learner is acknowledged as a primary stakeholder in determining the core values that drive the programme. The main aim was to facilitate the young people to complete the junior and leaving certificate. Bluebell youth project, which opened its new building in 2011 was the main driver of the Yeah project. The Yeah project finished in 2016.
In 2016 after research and collaboration between the three youth projects, Rialto Youth Project, Core Youth Services and Bluebell Youth project the Education and Family project was established.
The Education & Family Projects main aim is to support parents living in the Canal Communities (Bluebell, Inchicore & Rialto) to support their children in Education.
Parents can be referred by schools, agencies or services or they can make a self referral. We meet with parents & referring agencies to identify presenting needs for family and our intervention is tailored to address these.
We provide direct support to parents to build their capacity to engage with schools, service and agencies who can support the parent & child’s education needs.
Support is provided to parents using a range of methods which include; 1:1 work, group work, Meitheal meetings, inter-agency meetings, advocacy, Non – Violence Resistance (NVR) access to education resources, home-visits & accompanying parents to meetings.
The Education & Family Project also promotes the importance of Education within the Canal Communities through its campaign work.
Education is the great multiplier of benefits.
It will deliver social and economic dividends for generations.
As in many other communities around Ireland, there is a small number of parents and guardians who face really diicult challenges like illiteracy, bereavement, relationship breakdown, poor social skills, mental health problems, housing and homelessness – they just need a little more support, information and encouragement when it comes to ensuring their children gets to school, stays in school and performs to their potential.
Research tells us that our areas are considered to have particularly high levels of educational disadvantage and educational underachievement – the number of local residents who leave school at 15 or under is considerably higher than the national average, and the number of local residents progressing onto Third Level education is considerably lower than the national average. However, in general, school attendance levels hold up well against the national average (slightly below). But there are children and families on the extreme margins who need particular help.
The most important work is face-to-face with local families, teachers, educators and school settings.
This vital community work is the main engine that drives local efforts to keep children in school and families engaged.
We’ll be supporting local families with quality accessible information, advice and practical help.
We’ll publish practical fact sheets, helpful leaflets and toolkits for parents and guardians.
This site is our digital home. But we’ll be busy on social media – like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter – and we’ll be making helpful educational and promotional videos and blogs.
We’ll also be running a low-key, on-going local public awareness campaign.
Over time, we’ll help build a strong sense of a locally-owned and locally-shaped commitment to education.
It’s vital that landmark rituals and events happen where the community gathers, takes stock and celebrates local ownership of education and the achievements of children and young adults.