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From Educational Disadvantage to Educational Equality Community-based Education and wider Policy Issues Trutz Haase. Community Education Facilitators National Training Galway, 13 th and 14 th November 2006. The Concept of Educational Disadvantage.
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Community Education Facilitators National TrainingGalway, 13th and 14th November 2006
The Education Act 1998 (Section 32.9) defines educational disadvantage as “the impediments to education arising from social or economic disadvantage which prevent students from deriving appropriate benefits from education in schools”.
(Department of Education & Science -2002)
There is widespread recognition within OECD countries that successful initiatives to respond to the problem of educational disadvantage require integration of and collaboration between statutory and voluntary agencies and between educators / trainers and parents and their communities.
(OECD Overcoming Failure in School, 1998)
(NESF Early School Leavers , 2002)
“The fundamental implication of the term deprivation is of an absence – of essential or desirable attributes, possessions and opportunities which are considered no more than the minimum by that society.”
(Coombes et al., 1995: p.5)
Age Dependency Rate
Primary Education Only
Third Level Education
Persons per Room
Single Parent Households
Semi/Unskilled Manual Classes
Male Unemployment Rate
Female Unemployment Rate
Note: marginally narrowing shape of distribution (i.e. more equal)
Haase & Pratschke 2003
Social & Economic Consultant
Virtually no differences in the distribution of relative deprivation 1991-2002
The report Deprivation and its Spatial Articulation in the Republic of Irelandcan be downloaded from the following web address:http://www.pobal.ie/media/Deprivationanditsspatialarticulation.pdf
(DE&S: Circular Letter ‘Back to Education Initiative, 2002)
Enhancing Access (Access, Skills, Confidence, Awareness)
(Note: List only indicative, not meant to be comprehensive)
Pre-school and Primary Education
Difficult family situations
Community –based / Adult Education
Educational Institutions and Strategies re Access, Delivery & Support Structures
Dimensions to be addressed