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Family literacy and Travellers. Travellers in Ireland. Irish Both nomadic and settled Traditionally not engaged with education system Marginal group Face a lot of prejudice in society. Travellers in Ireland. Own language

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travellers in ireland
Travellers in Ireland
  • Irish
  • Both nomadic and settled
  • Traditionally not engaged with education

system

  • Marginal group
  • Face a lot of prejudice in society
travellers in ireland1
Travellers in Ireland
  • Own language
  • Extended family very important
  • Cultural traditions of singing and story-telling
  • Cultural traditions, language and way of life under threat
travellers and family literacy
Travellers and family literacy
  • Schools are difficult places for Travellers
    • discrimination and prejudice from teachers, pupils and other parents
    • very few books about Travellers
    • little tradition of formal education
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Travellers and family literacy
  • Family literacy could be a good point of connection, but only if based clearly on:
    • true respect for traditions and culture
    • understanding of views about schools
    • advocacy and support role
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Travellers and family literacy
  • Story-sacks:
    • craft still popular with some families – but not all
    • may help to retrieve women’s skills and confidence in story-telling and craft work
    • especially helpful if based on parents’ own stories