Social Justice Matters

35. SJI Interviews Ep19: Covid-19 and Education, the International Experience

July 16, 2020

This week our guest is Edward Shuttleworth. Ed is CEO of See Beyond Borders, which works in Cambodia to provide quality education to Cambodian children.

We wanted to get an international perspective on how Covid-19 is affecting lives and, as you'll hear, organisations engaged in this kind of development work are experiencing considerable barriers as a result of the pandemic.

The Cambodian experience is a reminder that as bad as we have it in Ireland, Covid-19 is going to have extremely negative affects on hundreds of millions of people in less developed countries. It’s also a reminder of the importance of the development aid provided by countries like Ireland to less developed countries like Cambodia, and how much of a difference it makes in people’s lives. Policymakers should remember this when considering their approach to Budget 2021 and particularly the international aid allocation and funding for Irish Aid.

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