Education Matters

Does Education really matter?


How is the back to school phase going for you? Have you started complaining about making lunches yet (tiresome isn’t it?) How about the homework? We have only one day done so far and I have managed not to loose my patience or mutter complaints under my breath. So far so good. There is a lot of stress and strain involved in going back to school and I have a tendency to take it badly and moan and groan about the little things. I often forget to see the bigger picture…

…my three children are getting an education!

Education! We take it for granted, don’t we? We take it as our entitlement within this country and yes, it is an entitlement, but it is one that is not always available!

Focus Ireland has teamed up with Aviva Healthcare to run a wonderful campaign highlighting one important factor often connected with homelessness – the importance of Education. This Education Matters Programme aims to help vulnerable children finish their education or at least stay in school longer than they otherwise would. Lack of education is not the only cause of homelessness, but it is one contributing factor. Did you know, for example that…

…25% of adults experiencing homelessness didn’t progress beyond primary education,50% didn’t complete their secondary education and 8% had no formal education at all*


The campaign kicks off with this short, witty video… featuring a few faces you might know 😉 …



photo credit: Diana Parkhouse via photopin cc
photo credit: Diana Parkhouse via photopin cc


I came across this quote recently…

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” (Sydney J. Harris);

Wouldn’t it be nice if education could also add walls, a roof and a warm, safe place to sleep!



Does Education Matter? Yes it does!


Please help to shine a light on this issue by sharing the information or video on social media or anyway you can, you can use the hashtag #EducationMatters 


*Credit: Census 2011




Science blogger and writer; Owner of Dr. How's Science Wows; Mother of three junior scientists who have taught me that to be a great scientist you need to look at life through the eyes of a child!

4 thoughts on “Education Matters

  • September 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Totally agree, my kids get the usual reading, writing, maths and a bit of music, religion, sports, road safety thrown in. Love it. Great little actor in the video.

    • September 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Angela, it is a great video isn’t it? I like the way they use humour to highlight a serious issue

  • September 17, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Education definitely matters, in what ever form it takes. However more work needs to be done to ensure that children are in a position to learn once they get there. Anyone under any kind of stress simply cannot learn at all, there are too many children the world over who are living very stressful lives as their home lives are in chaos.

    • September 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Very, VERY good point sustainable mum!

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