Mullan welcomes refugee education funds
Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan has welcomed confirmation that financial assistance will be provided to schools to support children from Syrian refugee families.
“Under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (SVPRS), £4,500 was to be provided towards each Syrian child's education costs for one year.
“However, the Department of Education revealed back in September that no such money had been received in over a year.
“I raised this issue with the British Hone Office and I am delighted that the Education Authority has now confirmed that an allocation of funds has been received. It is expected that this schools will receive a payment within the next week.
“It is only right that schools should receive the funding which was promised to ensure they assist children who have endured so much hardship and upheaval to thrive within our local education system.
“However, they should not have had to wait so long and I will continue to lobby and engage with the British Home Office to ensure all promised resources are made available.”