School resource launched to help homeless children
A charity and teachers organisation have produced a new resource for primary school teachers and principals supporting students and families who are homeless or at risk, it was announced this week.
Focus Ireland and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) produced the document which aims to highlight the reality of homelessness and its impact on children’s education as well as offering some practical suggestions about how schools can support pupils.
It shares practical tips already happening in schools.
The most recent figures issued by the Department of Housing show that 3,778 children are currently homeless, a jump of over 400% in five years.
Focus Ireland Director of Advocacy Mike Allen said: “When you think of over 2,250 school children homeless that really brings home the stark extent of this human crisis and the need for more action.”
Pilgrims welcomed for Galway Camino
The Galway Camino is a “great opportunity” for pilgrims to come together and visit’s the city’s holy sites, according to this year’s organisers.
Entering its third year the Galway Camino, organised by the Knights of Columbanus, takes place on September 21. The first two years saw about 400 people take part.
Kicking off from 12 noon from Galway Cathedral, the walk will take in seven holy sites around Galway city.
Each pilgrim will receive a Galway Camino booklet which is to be stamped at each site. Upon returning to Galway Cathedral, with all seven stamps, a Galway Camino Certificate of Completion will be awarded.