Barnardos. (2008). Barnardos’ Submission on the Development of the Intercultural Education Strategy. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/665
Barnardos welcomes the opportunity to input into the drafting of the Intercultural
Education Strategy. It is essential that such a strategy be rolled out given the ever
increasing diversity of backgrounds, cultures and races of the pupil population. At a
national level, it is estimated that 10% of the population is of non-Irish nationality and
this is likely to rise into the future. Two other factors emphasising the need for an
intercultural education strategy is firstly, that the majority of primary and secondary
schools are managed or influenced by the ethos of the Catholic Church despite many
migrant pupils being of different religious affiliations. Secondly, any intercultural
education strategy must take into account the needs of Traveller children to make the
educational system more relevant to them and subsequently decrease the current
high drop-out rate among Traveller teenagers.
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