Focus Ireland believes that education plays a key role in increasing public awareness of the different issues associated with homelessness.
The Ambassador School Programme aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in the issue of homelessness in Ireland. The programme provides a framework, structure and incentive for schools to integrate equality and awareness activities into their school planning and learning.
Focus Ireland launched the “Without your home, your life develops differently” to help break down the stereotypes surrounding homelessness. The aim of the campaign was to improve public understanding of the issue in order to increase support for long-term solutions.
Focus Ireland and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have worked collaboratively to produce a guidance resource for primary school teachers and principals who are supporting students and families experiencing homelessness.
If you are a teacher, principal or Educational Welfare Service professional who is supporting children in your school who are experiencing homelessness, you will find information and links to both local and national services that can provide support to families and children here.