Minister Foley Takes Part in Virtual Class for World’s Largest Lesson with Kerry Students and UNICEF

Climate change front and centre of this year’s Global initiative NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 27 May Castleisland, Co Kerry 27.05.2021 – In Co. Kerry today, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD took part in the World’s Largest Lesson, along with post-primary students from Castleisland Community College, supported by UNICEF Ireland (Thursday, 27 May). This event, … Continued

Funding doubles for Summer Programme – Children’s Futures Ireland campaign

Dublin 11.05.2021 – “The Children’s Futures campaign welcomes today’s announcement by Ministers Foley and Madigan that they will double the funding offered to this year’s Summer education programme. This is yet another indication of the Government’s clear commitment to prioritise children’s education and to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people’s … Continued

COVID-19: Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost a full year, says UNICEF

UNICEF unveils ‘Pandemic Classroom’ at United Nations Headquarters in New York to call attention to the need for governments to prioritise the reopening of schools NEW YORK, 3 March 2021 – Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost an entire year due to COVID-19 lockdowns, according to new data released today … Continued

Statement by UNICEF Ireland on school closures

The following can be attributed to UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power DUBLIN 5 January 2021 – “The expected closure of schools for the month of January, while understandable, will impact children negatively and it must be a short-term measure. UNICEF Ireland wants schools to reopen as soon as possible, in order to mitigate the … Continued

STATEMENT: Teachers should be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore NEW YORK, 15 December 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track. “At their peak in late April 2020, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of almost 90 per cent of … Continued

UNICEF, ISSU, NPCPP and IGC seek enhanced resources for students returning to school in September

Groups representing students, parents and Guidance Counsellors join together to advocate for students  Dublin 01.07.2020 – COVID-19 poses serious threats to the Education Sector. ISSU, NPCPP, UNICEF and IGC are calling for an urgent and proactive response from the new Minister for Education, Norma Foley, to address the challenges ahead for students, parents/guardians, guidance counsellors and school staff … Continued