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Children from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand them

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 29/09/2015. Children from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don’t understand themTags: Education And Politics Teachers

25% of children from poorer background feel that teachers do not understand them and that inequality between rich and poor Irish families is limiting children’s potential, according to research published by children’s charity Barnardos.

In a press release published today the charity group is calling on the government to task over the rise in child inequality and the devasting impact thisis having. The report, entitled Rise Up, began as a ‘public dialogue about ‘the unfairness in society and the size of the problem,’ and has revealed that young people are being denied opportunities because of financial barriers.

Fergus Finlay, CEO, Barnardos, said on the report, “What is most telling is not just what they’ve told us, but when that is put into context. They know school is important for their future lives; they know they want to attend 3rd level education; they know they want to be active and involved in their sports and community lives. But too many of them are being denied these opportunities.

“For example children in poorer households are 25% less likely to feel teachers understand them than those from wealthier households.”

When young people were asked what they would as the Taoiseach today they answered:

‘Provide free third level education for any child that wanted to study in third level. It costs €13,000 to go to college from the west of Ireland. Not every family can afford it.’

‘Give parents enough money to buy food and clothes for their children.’

Mairead Healy, CEO and Founder of Future Voices Ireland, said, “Future Voices Ireland shouldn’t have to exist – children and young people shouldn’t be denied opportunities to contribute and thrive simply due to where they come from.”


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