Covid-19: food insecurity, digital exclusion and Catholic Schools

McKinney, S. J. (2020) Covid-19: food insecurity, digital exclusion and Catholic Schools. Journal of Religious Education, 68, pp. 319-330. (doi: 10.1007/s40839-020-00112-8)

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Covid-19 and the subsequent worldwide lockdowns have had a major impact on families and school education. The lockdowns have highlighted and exacerbated the disadvantages experienced by those children who suffer from child poverty. This article focuses on food insecurity and the digital divide, or digital exclusion, and argues that these have emerged as very pressing issues during lockdowns for children suffering from child poverty. The article provides an outline of the response of the Catholic Church and Catholic schools, primarily in the United Kingdom. There have been some concerted efforts to address food insecurity by providing food and food vouchers for children and vulnerable families. It has proved more problematic to address digital exclusion and the article argues that for those children who experience digital exclusion, this can effectively mean exclusion from the religious education, religious life, community and the pastoral and spiritual support that is normally offered by the Catholic school.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Covid-19, Catholic Schools, United Kingdom, Food insecurity, Digital divide.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McKinney, Professor Stephen
Authors: McKinney, S. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith
Journal Name:Journal of Religious Education
ISSN (Online):2199-4625
Published Online:19 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2020
First Published:First published in Journal of Religious Education 68:319-330
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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