This campaign focuses on five key areas that needaction to ensure women are not left behind:
Investing in women: A human rights issue
Time is running out. Gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge. Investing in women is a human rights imperative and cornerstone for building inclusive societies. Progress for women benefits us all.
Due to conflicts and rising fuel and food prices, recent estimates suggest that 75 per cent of countries willcurb public spending by 2025. Austerity negatively impacts women and crowds out public spending on essential public services and social protection.
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Portobello Institute's Values
Delia Lyons founded Portobello Institute in 1981 as The Portobello School of Childcare. Delia operated a small nursery for babies and children before recognizing the need for qualified and skilled staff in the nursery sector.
Her school originally opened in South Richmond St, beside Portobello Bridge on the south side of Dublin. It was the first childcare training school in Ireland and one of a small handful of private providers of further education at the time. Delia aimed to make education accessible for everyone who wanted to develop further in their careers.
Our founder was ahead of her time, investing in women, investing in education, investing in progress and her legacy lives on at Portobello Institute today.
Today, Delia’s daughter Rebekah Lyons continues to make education accessible and ensures that Portobello remains true to Delia’s vision.
Each student is an individual with dreams and aspirations of a future career. Our role is to support that individual to achieve their career objectives. No matter how large our student base grows to, we will continue to keep classes small so that our tutors know your name when you enroll and when you graduate. A personal level of support continually exists for every student regardless of what they study. By taking this approach we are aiming to assist students as they reach their personal best in education.
At Portobello Institute we understand the importance of giving back having a small in-house charity we set up called 'Dochas Leanai'.
College director, Denise Flood, travels to India and Belarus twice a year with a team of about 15 individuals, across staff and students. Devoted work includes training Montessori teachers and setting up Montessori schools in slum areas in Pune India.
The charity is also heavily involved in supporting training in a girls rescue centre and in a small school for profoundly hearing impaired children. This involves self defence training in a community project and sports and arts and crafts camps in a slum school in Pune.
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