Education and Supports Provision for Displaced Ukrainian Students (2022)

Commentary Note Submitted to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Since the end of February 2022 Doras has engaged with people of all ages who have fled Ukraine. We have engaged with education service providers including Education and Training Boards (ETBs), Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), primary and secondary school management. We have liaised with other stakeholders including the English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA) and the University of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) committee. We are also assisting people with access to employment.

We know from our work that many of the education related issues faced by people fleeing Ukraine apply in equal measure to international protection applicants and refugees from other parts of the world. We strongly encourage the Committee and the government to strive for equality of access to education for all protection applicants and refugees, and to ensure that policy changes, additional resources and other measures adopted in response to the arrival of people fleeing Ukraine will apply to others. Education plays a positive role in social integration for students of all ages, and is one of the key determinants of labour market outcomes for adults. The importance of getting it right cannot be underestimated.

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