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Minister Foley welcomes over €3.8 million to handle education disadvantage in Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2023

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Minister for Education Norma Foley welcomed the publication of the 2023 Dormant Accounts Action plan and announced information on the €3.8 million in funding the Department of Education will receive.

This tranche of funding represents a growth of almost €1.8 million on the 2022 allocation from the Fund.

The department has supplied over €1.4 million to keep the City Connects Pilot Programme in several primary schools in Dublin’s North East Inner City, focussing on the impact of poverty and educational attainment.

An innovative pilot project to establish closer links between the mainstream and special school systems is awarded €500,000.

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The department is also proposing a selection of measures to support greater participation and inclusion of Traveller and Roma students in post-primary education, as this is where the best significance of intervention lies. Almost €900,000 has been provided supporting those measures, which will see enhanced Home school Community Liaison (HSCL) for Traveller and Roma students attending non-DEIS schools, where HSCL is generally unavailable.

Minister Foley said:

“I am pleased to announce that almost €4 million has been allocated from the Dormant Accounts Fund in 2023, providing valuable opportunities and new resources to support students through the entire country vulnerable to educational disadvantage, including students with disabilities and additional needs, Traveller and Roma students and newly arrived migrant students.

“The education measures supported in the 2023 Action Plan alongside those supported by other government departments demonstrate the major impact that dormant accounts funding can have in the lives of many, who most need that support and particularly so in these difficult times.”

Other education measures funded in the 2023 Action Plan include:

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  • €300,000 for the Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program to offer opportunities to 10-18-year-olds to develop and apply entrepreneurial skills
  • €180,000 for the Young Social Innovators Growing Youth Participation & Innovation in Irish Communities project to market civic and social innovation amongst teenagers in Ireland
  • €280,000 for to offer the use of School Completion Programme structures for kids seeking international protection to further enhance and promote school readiness
  • €115,000 for the City of Dublin ETB Migrant Integration Project providing a selection of targeted education interventions for newly arrived migrants aged 13 to 18 impacted by significant periods of disrupted education and for people that have low degrees of English
  • €100,000 for The Big Idea, providing a 12-week creative TY program developing creative thinking skills
  • €43,956 for the MTU GoalMine Transition Year Programme – providing a 2-day living-lab experience using a design-driven innovation process
  • €20,000 for Time to Count providing a numeracy enhancement program for primary school children in DEIS or School Completion Programme schools
  • €20,000 Transport Costs to Glasnevin Trust supporting students from DEIS schools to go to Glasnevin Cemetery

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