Children's Futures Campaign RESPONSE to All Schools Reopening

Published date: 
12 Apr 2021

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT

CHILDREN'S FUTURES CAMPAIGN

RESPONSE TO ALL SCHOOLS REOPENING TODAY – 12 APRIL 2021

Issued Monday 12 April 2021
For immediate release

“The Children’s Futures campaign, comprising 13 leading children and young people organisations, warmly welcomes the return of ALL early years’ settings and schools today after the Easter break, including first to fourth year students at post-primary level.

“Marking the final phase in the reopening of schools, it is a great relief to see children and young people given the opportunity to resume some kind of normalcy. We are delighted for them, as we know all students of all ages much prefer in-school learning to online lessons, as do school staff themselves. It is also vital for their development, particularly for vulnerable and marginalised children and young people. The focus should now be on children and young people’s wellbeing as well as supporting students to catch up on the learning they have lost over the last 12 months and develop a post-Covid roadmap for recovery for children and young people.

“We want to take time today to recognise the invaluable work of early years' staff, principals, teachers and all school staff in adhering to public health advice in all education settings; their considerable efforts in devising and implementing strict mitigation measures have been integral to the minimised risk of Covid-19 transmission in early years' settings and schools, and in keeping our children and young people safe.

“We ask that each of us, both in our homes and communities, continue to work together in order to suppress community transmission and prioritise our children’s right to an education.”

The #ChildrensFuturesIRL Campaign works with Government, education partners and others to secure a cross-party, cross-sector public commitment to prioritise reopening – and keeping open – schools in line with public health advice and to limit the negative impact of lockdown on a generation of children and young people. Current members include founding members AsIAm, Barnardos, Children’s Rights Alliance, Inclusion Ireland, and National Parents Council Primary, as well as Pavee Point, Children’s Books Ireland, Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Foróige, SpunOut.ie, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, UNICEF Ireland and Museum of Childhood Ireland.

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Contact:
Carys Mair Thomas, Children’s Rights Alliance
Tel +44 07702096704 (WhatsApp) Email: carys@carysmair.com
Lorna Cronnelly, Barnardos Tel: 0870957757
Áine Lynch, National Parents Council Primary Tel: 0879294949
Lorraine Dempsey, Inclusion Ireland Tel: 0877741917
Adam Harris, AsIAm Tel: 0871366527
Colette Murray, Pavee Point Tel: 0872976823
Rosie Bissett, Dyslexia Association of Ireland Tel: 0868511012

Notes to Editor:
· Spokespeople from each organisation are available upon request.
· If you would like to be removed from our distribution list, please email carys@carysmair.com

Please include details of the following helplines for your readers:
Children's Rights Alliance helpline: 01 902 0494
Email: help@childrensrights.ie
Open Mondays 10am to 2pm, Wednesdays 2pm to 7pm and Friday 10am to 12 noon.

The National Parents Council Primary is the representative voice for parents of children in early years and primary school education. Helpline: 01 887 4477
Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm
Email: helpline@npc.ie

Barnardos Parent Supportline, open to all parents who need support at this time
Mon – Fri: 10am – 2pm
Tel: 01 800 910 123

Inclusion Ireland – get support and information online at www.inclusionireland.ie
Tel: 01 855 98 91
Email: info@inclusionireland.ie

Dyslexia Association of Ireland
Website: www.dyslexia.ie
Email: info@dyslexia.ie
Telephone helpline: 01 877 6001 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm)