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Ireland once again embarrassed by the UN over discrimination in education

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

The Irish government has once again been examined by the UN human rights committee in Geneva.  Now a member of the Human Rights Committee, the Irish state places great value on this forum. The regular questions over lack of choice of schools and religious discrimination in school admissions have come up. The hearing in Geneva is the latest in a series of examinations dating back to 2005, in which...

Deconstructing The Arguments Against Change

Joseph Greene, Parent and Educate Together Campaigner

As people all over Ireland continue to lobby for equal access to schools and equal respect for all children within the classroom, Joseph Greene, an Educate Together parent-campaigner, has identified a number of arguments that are posited repeatedly. Here he refutes them and proves indisputably that this situation is not, and has never been, acceptable. Joseph is currently campaigning for an...

Like 'A Punch in the Stomach'

Nikki Murphy, Parent and Educate Together campaigner

Nikki Murphy, parent and a member of the Terenure Educate Together National School Start-Up Group and one of the founders of Education Equality describes how her son has been turned away from his local schools because he is not baptised. Education Equality will hold its official launch this Saturday 12 December at 11am in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2. All are welcome to come along. Tickets are...

Ethics, not ethos

Joseph Greene, Parent and Educate Together Campaigner

Joseph Greene, an American living and working in Ireland, writes on his experience of trying to enrol his child in a primary school.  Joseph is currently campaigning for an Educate Together national school in Goatstown/Stillorgan.      We got a refusal letter from another school today. I tell myself, 'you knew we'd have never gotten a place there', but it hurts every time. Sick in my stomach,...

The Time For Talking Is Over

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

It’s about time that we stopped the window dressing and posturing and talked seriously about the profound change that is needed in our education system. The bottom line is this: children in Ireland are not treated equally in our education system.  In nine out of ten communities a family has no choice but to send their child to a school that is owned and controlled by the Catholic church, a school...

What Does It Mean To Stand Up for Education?

Ruth Doggett, Education and Support Programme Manager, Educate Together

Ruth Doggett, Education and Support Programme Manager for Educate Together, considers shortfalls in investment in education in light on the INTO's Stand Up For Education campaign.  As the Autumn leaves fall and our elected representatives plan 1916 commemorations while strategising over election dates, the INTO have launched their pre-election campaign; ‘Stand up for Primary Education’. But what...

We Know Change Has To Happen - But How?

Jennifer Buttner, South Kildare Educate Together Second-Level Campaign

Jennifer Buttner of the South Kildare Educate Together Second-Level Campaign writes about Educate Together's 'truly inclusive equality-based model of education'   There are some facts that are so self-evident that they hardly need to be stated: no child should feel excluded at school. All children deserve to thrive in an environment that accepts them.  No child should be labelled ‘different’ in a...

Teaching Ethical Education At Second-level

Jean Ryan, Teacher, Ballymakenny College

With Educate Together's second-level Principal Recruitment taking place this September, teacher Jean Ryan of Ballymakenny College reflects on her first year teaching Ethical Education. This time last year I was introduced to the idea of teaching Ethical Education in Secondary School. It was going to be a new course for the teachers and for the students – with plenty of adjustments to be made...

Every Educate Together School Starts With A Conversation

Niall Wall, Regional Development Officer, Ireland South

With the imminent opening of New Ross ETNS on 31 August, Niall Wall, Educate Together's Regional Development Officer for Ireland South, reflects on establishing an Educate Together National School.  In Educate Together we say that every Educate Together School starts with a conversation!!! This could be a chat between two or more parents, an enquiry to a member of the Educate Together national...

We Need to Radically Overhaul the School Admissions System

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

Over the past months, there has been a mounting protest movement over the issue of religious discrimination in access to Irish publicly funded primary schools. Changes have been suggested ranging from the repeal of sections permitting such discrimination in the Equal Status Acts to the wholesale removal of independent governance or patronage in the Irish education system. The current debate seems...

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