Pupils in 21 primary schools do not speak English or Irish as a first language across Northern Ireland according to Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI Education Correspondent.
We in CANS endeavour where possible to provide emotional and psychological support to people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in addressing any issues that might be causing them problems or difficulties.
As default service providers to people from BAME communities and a service of choice to local Northern Irish people, it is our belief that a healthy person will contribute to the growth and prosperity of the wider community. We therefore, give recognition and appreciation to those projects or service providers that preceded the setting up of CANS. We identify with the stress associated in providing appropriate, professional and ethical services I promise it is not easy.
On a lighter note, I can confidently confirm that after our four full years of experience in our work providing bilingual counselling support to people from BAME communities in Northern Ireland, we are now in a position to move on to the next level with our roadmap for the future. It does go without saying of the richness of different cultures within the BAME communities. However, there’s a common theme of service inequality.