Covid-19 has widened the educational divide. We urgently need to tackle it

Opinion: An action-focused strategy is vital to meeting the needs of all adult learners

Jimmy Prior, co-ordinator of Southill Family Resource Centre, Limerick City. “The past year has been really tough for most of the families; the kids being off school has not helped,” he says. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Jimmy Prior, co-ordinator of Southill Family Resource Centre, Limerick City. “The past year has been really tough for most of the families; the kids being off school has not helped,” he says. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was immense solidarity to respond to the national effort, particularly concerning educational equality.

One year on, whilst inevitably some disillusionment and fatigue has set in regarding reports of the fallout from Covid, the challenge of educational inequality is even more concerning, calling us to muster efforts to reconstruct an education system that builds on the learning from a unique year.

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