To support a more strategic, co-ordinated and whole of education approach, UCC and MTU-Cork Campus have engaged in the development of a Cork City Traveller Education Strategy Action Plan, led by community partner the Traveller Visibility Group (TVG) Cork Ltd. As well as identifying key areas for action, the process also highlighted the limited capacity of community partners to engage in education initiatives, due to specific funding restrictions and pressing community needs. In response to this challenge and to further actions identified in the strategy, Access UCC have funded two days of the Traveller Education Strategy Co-Ordinator post in TVG. This will enable co-ordination of efforts with the NTRIS STAR project, Cork City Traveller Education Interagency Group and PATH 3. A significant element of the Coordinator’s role is to develop a strategic framework on the social determinants of education. This will serve as a valuable mechanism to understand the obstacles that inhibit Traveller participation and success in education; the complexity of educational disadvantage experienced by the community and it will also provide a vital lens from which to develop appropriate responses.
Dr Linda Greene
Education Strategy Coordinator, Traveller Visibility Group Ltd. Cork.