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Children in Direct Provision Need Access to School
In 2020, every country around the world was drastically affected by COVID-19 and Ireland, like many others, continues to suffer the effects today. Education has been done mostly remotely through online classrooms and virtual teaching since that time and still continues to this day with no dates for a return to school soon. However, there is one group of children who are falling through the cracks due to no internet access and cannot continue their education.
Over 1700 children live in Direct Provision. A system which is nothing more than ‘state-sponsored poverty’ as families and individuals (totalling more than 7000 people across Ireland) are forced to live in cramped communal conditions with most people unable to work as the majority of people who live in Direct Provision centres have no right to access employment.
Suffering the most while living in Direct Provision...is the children.
With parents unable to seek employment, and only €38.60 a week in government support, there are no extra funds for educational items such as schoolbooks, computers, internet access, tablets, or phones for the children to continue their studies remotely which is a requirement for education in the current COVID environment.
Every Child is Your Child (ECIYC), is a community group dedicated to bringing people together for a common purpose, which is to empower, motivate, and encourage harmony and interdependence among parents, focusing on those living in direct provision. We are fighting to change the conditions for children living in Direct Provision by raising funds to purchase tablets/iPads so that every child has the opportunity to learn and grow.
The state, unfortunately, has not made any provisions for the children living in Direct Provision during the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to online learning that has been implemented by all educational institutions. Without internet access and online capable hardware such as tablets or laptops, these children are losing months of education and will struggle to catch up when and if schools return to normal.
Every child deserves an education as that is there shining hope for a better life in the future and it provides much-needed normalcy while living in the poor conditions of Direct Provision. Every Child is Your Child’s goal is to raise funds to purchase 1000+ Tablets and internet modems, plus internet subscriptions to provide these children with access to education. We are also accepting physical donations of these items, and asking that co-operations, businesses, and others consider sponsoring a few tablets or internet subscriptions to help change these children’s lives for the better.
How You Can Help
100% of your generous donation will go directly to the purchase of the following:
● Tablets/iPads for the children living in Direct Provision
● Wifi modems
● Internet subscriptions
Each and every child deserves a proper education and with school remaining closed for an unknown period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the children in Direct Provision are losing valuable learning time.
Your support of our campaign will help to ensure that these children living in DP are not left behind and have the opportunity to stay on par with their peers. Having access to education will mean that no child is forced to feel excluded or forgotten. School is such an important aspect for these children as this is a piece of normality while living in Direct Provision. We want to ensure the continuity of that piece of normality for them and ensure that every single child has hope for their future.
Every Child is Your Child has been assisting the people in Direct Provision for over 4 years now and we strongly believe that all children deserve the chance to live full and happy lives and we want to help them do just that.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in bringing education to these children in need and ask that you please also share our campaign with your family, friends, and co-workers so that together we can bring hope and learning to them all.
For more information about us and to see how you can get involved, please visit us at our website. You can help make a difference in a child’s life today!
Any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact:
Email: [email redacted]
- Zoe Lawlor
- Babs D
- Caoimhe Donnelly
- Michelle Duffy
- Sadhbh OFlynn
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