Iain Gray MSP met with representatives of the EIS teaching union at Holyrood last week and gave his support to its new Child Poverty campaign.
The campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the consequences of inequality in society and highlight child poverty, specifically in relation to the impact on learning and teaching in Scottish education.
EIS will be highlighting the campaign to its members and local communities in the coming months with the intention of influencing the approach of the Scottish Government, as well as local authorities.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“I welcome this new EIS campaign and the important focus it is putting on the educational impact of child poverty. More than one in five children in Scotland currently live in poverty, meaning they lack many basic needs taken for granted by others. But it’s clear that the impact of poverty goes beyond financial and material needs. It affects the ability of children to learn, their emotional resilience and wellbeing, and their social interaction and development.
“Part of the campaign’s focus is about exploring local action aimed at counteracting the negative effect of poverty on educational attainment. East Lothian Council is already working hard on this issue and its investment in initiatives such as Support from the Start and Place2Be are certainly welcome.”