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Shortage of After School Activities for Children in Reykjavík

Around 980 children are on the waiting list for after school activities in Reykjavík. Morgunblaðið reports that there are 60 staff members working part-time in after school activities, including 24 of whom are designated to work with disabled children, but there is a need for 120 employees.

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A total of 3,501 applications have been received plus 91 applications from disabled children and teenagers.

Marta Guðjónsdóttir, substitute city councilor for the Independence Party, criticized the committee responsible for after school activities. “It is a bit strange that the committee did not meet until yesterday,” she commented.

The situation is worse than last year when 781 children were on the waiting list. According to Soffía Pálsdóttir, head of after-school activity centers in Reykjavík, Reykjavík City has advertised for additional staff.

Marta, however, says that measures should have been taken earlier. “A large number of families are in significant trouble and it is too late to plan this when school is already starting,” she said, adding that it took several weeks to resolve the problem last year. Marta questions whether it might be better to start making arrangements in the spring.

Soffía points out that after-school activity centers are in competition with other workplaces for staff and that they can only offer staff part-time work.

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