Open Doors Education & Training (ODET) is a community interest company and a sister organisation of The Traveller Movement.

Open Doors Education and Training (ODET) is a Community Interest Company and a sister organisation of The Traveller Movement.

ODET was born out of the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020 when schools were closed. The Traveller Movement saw an opportunity to reach children and young people through digital methods.

ODET was initially established to support Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller young people however our remit is now wider than just these communities.

We provide young people with opportunities to access professional digital one-to-one education. Our online format has been carefully designed and we offer support every step of the way.

What we do

We offer flexible education that works. Our NEET education project gives young people another chance at education when the system did not work for them. Our carefully designed Tutors for GRT programme strives to ensure that young people from ethnic minority backgrounds do not fall behind their peers. All of our projects are evidence based. See our projects page for more information

Other projects

The ODET team is constantly looking to develop new and exciting programmes to further unlock the potential of people from ethnic minority backgrounds. If you are interested in commissioning or collaborating with us, please get in touch!

Our approach

Our vision is for a society where the human rights of people from ethnic minority backgrounds is upheld and are social norms.

Our mission is to support children and young people to unlock their potential and provide and promote alterative or complementary streams of flexible education that work for them and accommodate their needs.

Our approach takes a human rights informed lens and each child’s heritage is actively embraced and celebrated through our work.

The Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights states:

Article 28 – Education

Recognises the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity.

Encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general and vocational education, make them available and accessible to every child.

Article 29 – Aims of Education
The development of respect for the child’s parents, their own cultural identity, language and values, for the national values of the country in which the child is living, the country from which he or she may originate, and for civilizations different from their own.

Article 30 – Children of Minorites or indigenous peoples
A child belonging to a minority or who is indigenous shall not be denied the right to enjoy their own culture.

Our Team

Yvonne MacNamara CEO at ODET

Yvonne MacNamara
Chief Executive Officer

In 2020 Yvonne set up Open Doors Education and Training Community Interest Company which was born out of the Coronavirus pandemic. Yvonne is a well-seasoned practitioner within the field of community development and equality and has held a number of senior management roles. She currently sits on a number of advisory groups across government and within the wider sector. Yvonne joined the staff team of the Traveller Movement as CEO April 2008. She is responsible for overseeing and leading the charity and all of its teams.

Hannah Culkin Programme Manager at ODET

Hannah Culkin
Programme Manager

Hannah has been working in the NGO sector since 2010. She has worked with Irish migrant support organisation Doras, the British Refugee Council and the Irish Red Cross. She holds a BA in Sociology and Politics and an MA in Ethnicity, Race and Migration. Hannah is currently completing an MA in Social Work with an active application of human rights-based approaches. Hannah is also a qualified ESOL teacher and has taught in Ireland and South Korea.

Contact Hannah on manager@odet.org.uk

Shane Curran Education Officer at ODET

Shane Curran
Education Officer

Shane has previously worked in the voluntary sector through development of local initiatives, such as projects aimed to eliminate social exclusion and the breakdown of social barriers between young travellers and local people outside of schools - in the essence of building team bonding through the participation of team sports and other various activities. Shane holds a BCL in Civil Law. He plays a lot of football, also enjoys exploring unknown paths whilst hiking, and for his sins is a massive Arsenal fan.

Contact Shane on education@odet.org.uk

Our funders and supporters

Thank you to all our funders and supporters past and present. Our work is not possible without your support.

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