Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (44)

Joan Collins


44. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the proposals put forward by the SCP co-ordinator of the Dominican Campus school completion programme with the support of the three primary schools; if he has considered the proposals and when he will respond to the proposals. [32052/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department has received a request from the School Completion Programme (SCP) Coordinator of the Dominican Campus School Completion Programme for funding to create a new post of Traveller Education Support Worker to serve those schools.

The Report and Recommendations for a Traveller Education Strategy published in 2006 recommends that the development of community initiatives aimed at Travellers as education workers should be considered and that any such initiative would require clarity of role vis-à-vis existing services such as Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) and should only be pursued in a co-ordinated manner with other relevant state agencies.

The School Completion Programme is administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, while the Home School Community Liaison scheme is administered by the National Education Welfare Board which operates under the aegis of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Accordingly the request of the Dominican Campus SCP has been referred to that Department for attention.