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Education Rights of Ethnic Children

19 July, 2005

Sinn Fein Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson met with Patrick Yu Director of NICEM this morning because of the crisis in regards to the Educational provision that Ethnic Children will not be receiving on September 1st as Boards cuts the funding for Teachers and 18 Teachers lost their jobs.

Commenting upon the meeting Michael Ferguson said,

"It is alarming that ethnic children who are legislatively entitled to education services under the European Charter, Under Race Relations Orders and under Section 75 will not have their basic needs met.

"Martin Mc Guinness when Minister for Education convened a Conference on the Education needs of Ethnic Children prior to the suspension of the Assembly all of which this Government Department ignored.

"We need a Policy that addresses the educational needs of ethnic children and which has investment ring fenced at Board level to ensure that this policy and those services are met and we have an immediate problem of ensuring that these ethnic children have a support service on September 1st when they start back to school.

"Sinn Fein Board Representatives will be raising this matter at all five Board meetings and We will also be seeking Council support for these children's rights through Motions that we will lodge and I have written to the Minister responsible."ENDS

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