Lara Pickford-Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) hopes to implement an initiative to enlist volunteers from parishes to assist with uplifting the performance of students in Catholic primary schools.
The Catholic News editorial July 22 stated there were persons in communities including experts in special education and therapists/counsellors to deal with trauma, who can work with schools. It commented, “There is little interaction between parish and school on these matters”. Responding to the suggestion Chief Executive of CEBM Sharon Mangroo said: “I am aware parishes say they have people interested in helping, of course all this has to be vetted carefully, [and] properly organised because the safety of the children is always the first consideration. They have to always be monitored.” The CEBM schools can “link” with parishes to “to look for volunteers who will assist the teacher”. She said this is done in other countries where “the volunteers come in, the teacher sets the work, the volunteer can manage part of a class while the teacher gives individual attention to a few other pupils.” Volunteers will be under the supervision of the principal.