Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board to lead regional education response to those fleeing Ukraine

One-stop shop for all schools, English classes, and ICT devices amongst measures by ETBs

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education Training Board (MSLETB) is coordinating a multi-agency Regional Education and Language Team (REALT), responding to the local need for English Language classes and preparing to deploy laptops and tablets to support schools providing places for Ukranian children.

Regional Education and Language Teams, which include professionals and representatives from Tulsa’s Education Support Service, school psychological services, special education needs specialists and school management bodies, are being established in each of Ireland’s sixteen Education and Training Boards region including MSLETB. ETB’s also have

  • A dedicated Coordinator to support each Regional Education and Language Team
  • A dedicated school support email and phone number
  • A dedicated register of ICT devices (laptops, notebooks, tablets, and other mobile devices) to facilitate eLearning.

MSLETB’s Further Education & Training (FET) service will play a key role in the delivery of ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) providing

  • A single point of contact for ESOL provision through their Adult Education Officer
  • Access to a nationwide network of adult guidance services
  • A Family Learning ESOL toolkit.

Welcoming these developments, General Secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, Paddy Lavelle stated: “Because of our nationwide locations and in-house administrative supports, Education & Training Boards, including MSLETB, are ideally placed to co-ordinate this response in collaboration with our partners across the entire school sector. We are all focused on making the initial entry into our education system as stress-free as possible for our Ukrainian arrivals. ETBI has also appointed a designated lead to support ETBs and we are liaising closely with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science.”

“I have also been delighted to hear stories of compassion and warmth about our member ETBs, their staff and learners from welcome and information sessions in Co. Dublin to a traditional music and dance school welcome and parent and baby English classes in Co. Clare” he concluded.

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