Barnardos. (2008). Barnardos’ Submission to NESF: Child Literacy and Social Inclusion.https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/660
Barnardos welcomes the opportunity to input into the NESF Child Literacy and Social
Inclusion report. Barnardos predominantly works with children and families living in
disadvantaged areas and encounters many children who experience educational
difficulties through this work. We see the intergenerational cycles of poverty,
educational disadvantage and social exclusion that are the daily lived experience of
too many families.
Educational disadvantage can take many forms including literacy difficulties and early
school leaving. Experiencing literacy difficulties at an early age negatively impacts on
a child’s learning and their overall school experience. It can then continue to blight
their adult life through reducing their employment opportunities and locking them into
the cycle of poverty.
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