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Survey shows schools rule roost

Thursday, 10th August, 2017 10:33am

Schools are the most irreplaceable buildings in Munster communities, a new survey revealed.

Meanwhile, teachers are second only to medical professionals in their importance to the community.

With the start of school approaching again, it is welcome news to teachers that one-quarter of Munster people view schools as more important than any other building in their community, followed only by the post office at 18 per cent and a religious centre at ten per cent.

Of those who named teachers as the most irreplaceable members of the community, over three-quarters said it is because they help the next generation to reach their potential. Nearly half (47 per cent) fear that cuts to public funding are the biggest threat to teachers in Ireland.

The survey of 500 Irish adults was carried out by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical to uncover the places that people feel they would be lost without.

Close to two-thirds of Munster adults report playing an active role in helping their community, with over one-half of these saying they are motivated by a desire to help others.

Community buildings provide irreplaceable places for people to come together, and nearly a third (32 per cent) of people say that without them they would lose somewhere local for people to meet up.

David Lane, Managing Director for Ireland at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, said: “The research delves into what it is about a person or building that makes it irreplaceable to Irish society. Clearly, Ireland cares deeply about its schools and teachers, and views them as providing vital services to the community and helping people reach their potential. It comes as no surprise that Irish people value schools so highly.

“There is more to a building than just the walls. They provide invaluable spaces for communities to come together and spend time with others. They are places where memories are made, and because of this they live on with us in a truly irreplaceable way.”

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