A protest march featuring 3,000 representatives from small schools across County Mayo is set to take place in response to the government's budget cuts announcement.
Approximately 150 primary and secondary institutions have come together across the region to launch the Save Our Small Schools campaign.
On February 25th, supporters will march from the Mall to the Castlebar constituency office of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The aim of the protest is to raise awareness of the detrimental effects the budget cuts will have on education and to deliver a letter of petition calling for the proposals to be reversed.
Mayo school principal at Glenmore NS, Crossmolina, Caithriona Carty said: "These cuts are a direct attack on small rural communities, removing the focal point and diminishing communities throughout rural Ireland, targeting small schools and special needs children."
Clara McGowan, campaign chairperson of Save Our Small Schools, recently commented that the fight against budget cuts is "gaining a national momentum".