IRC Education Fund

“I administer a Fund that offers opportunity – the opportunity to progress, to advance, to be further educated. Each year I get to deliver good news (and bad) to people who apply for the fund. I hear of the desperation of those who have to sit idle for another year without funding and I see the dedication and drive of the people who receive support to pursue their education.”

~ Charlotte, Education Officer

For people in the asylum process there are very limited opportunities to further or progress their education beyond secondary school level. The biggest barrier people face in accessing education is financial. At present, people are waiting up to 19 months for their first interview meaning they are likely to spend long periods of time in state reception centres, on very limited means.

This fund was established in 2015 with support from the Community Foundation for Ireland to financially assist people in the asylum process in accessing further education. Since then, through very generous donations from the public and the private sector, the fund has continued to assist people in the asylum process with their educational needs, be it course fees, transportation costs or course materials.

Since 2015 this Fund has supported over 90 people in the asylum process onto further education and thankfully we have been able to support more people each year. Both the IRC and the people who have been supported are massively grateful to everyone who has made this possible.

Education plays a vital role in people’s development, self esteem and integration, if you want to find out more or would like to organise a fundraiser for this fund, please contact Charlotte at education@irishrefugeecouncil.ie or to make a direct donation please visit iDonate.ie. Alternatively you can make a donation or set up a standing order to the Education Fun bank account: BIC: AIBKIE2D | IBAN: IE69AIBK93338449657479

Download our Education Information Booklet

Learn more about the impact this fund has by reading Pride and Takondwa’s reflections on what education access meant for them.

find us on idonate.ie