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Community and alternative education projects should be supported - McCann

12 January, 2016 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Fein MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said community and Alternative Education Projects in west Belfast should be given more resources to deliver programmes suitable for people’s needs.

Speaking during an Assembly debate on the issue she said;

"Community-based education is a lifeline for many people who want to learn and develop their skills.  

"When someone wants to return to education it can be off-putting to go to a larger college type setting.  A community-based service will often be the preferred option.

"Women's Centres in particular can provide much-needed crèche facilities for women returning to study who have small children.

"Alternative education programmes also need to be given the recognition and resources to offer provision for vulnerable young people. 

"Students attending alternative provision face barriers to learning and are often some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in our society.

"We need to provide the services that meet the needs of people. 

“That can include locally based provision that offers support and encouragement as a first step towards academic achievement or skills development."

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