Invisible Children Installation in Mary Immaculate College
As part of an on-going public awareness campaign, in conjunction with the Irish Refugee Council, Doras Luimní are currently exhibiting their ‘Invisible Children Installation’ in the College (MIC), Limerick in an effort to highlight the physical, social and psychological impact on children of growing up in asylum seekers accommodation.
This installation replicates a typical family room in asylum seeker accommodation in order to demonstrate the reality of living in direct provision. There are currently approximately 5,000 asylum seekers living in direct provision in Ireland, with 408 in the Limerick area. Of these, approximately 50 are children. With the length of time in the asylum process ranging from less than a year to more than seven years, these children spend a significant proportion of their childhood in direct provision accommodation.
For more information on the impacts of growing up in direct provision centres please see the following report from the Irish Refugee Council – State Sanctioned Child Poverty and Exclusion: The case of children in state accommodation for asylum seekers.
Deirdre O’Rourke DICE Lecturer Mary Immaculate College
Global Week at Marino Institute of Education
January 21st – 25th, 2013
Global Week at MIE
Global Week is an annual event in Marino Institute of Education; planned and organised by staff and students in the college. The week focuses on global and social justice events and this year’s theme was ‘Citizenships: From Local to Global’. The focus was on minority groups in Ireland and seminars were held with TRAVACT on the Travelling Community in Ireland and Turn Off the Red Light, which highlighted the campaign to stop prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland.
Primary students at MIE Global Week
We also had the Just Forests exhibition set up for two days in the college which was enjoyed by students and staff and also visited by the local primary school! Our annual Resource Fair was well attended by students interested in meeting different NGO groups involved in Development Education. Different cultures and citizenships were also explored and enjoyed through a Chinese Culture class and a Henna Workshop.
There was a great atmosphere in the college during Global Week as beautiful pictures of faces from the New Internationalist were hung around the foyer, world music was played on a CD at various times during the week and mannequins with African dresses were also displayed by students who have visited parts of Africa.
A highlight of the week was the student debate which focused on the motion: ‘Immigrants are welcomed in Ireland’.
Marino Institute of Education,
Great Cross-curricular learning
Froebel Students at the Just Forests Exhibition
Beginning with an audit of wood products in the classroom,and extending it to the whole school environment and to the the home as a homework assignment, children will immediately grasp the extent to which we depend on wood in everyday life. In Circle Time children could explore the question “What would happen if we ran out of wood?“
Tom Roche, Therese Hegarty & Brian Tubbert at the 'Just Forests' Exhibition in Froebel College
From this practical and critical engagement, the information from the Just Forest Exhibition might mean even more to the children. The exhibition itself opens up direct links to the Geography, Music, Religion and Science curricula. The panels offer statistics which can support Maths development. Exploring trees in the vicinity of the school opens up possibilities for visual arts and creative writing. Without any effort on the teacher’s part the exhibition involves children in cross curricular learning.
Children could be given opportunities to frame their own questions either about wood, forests and sustainability or about their own part in environmental responsibility and these questions can be the stimulus for further research. The exhibition and the discussions that can emerge offer children not only a wealth of information but opportunities to question their own values and attitudes and awareness of their own actions. The FCS logo and the new legislation being introduced in March allows children to see that change is possible and that their decisions can make a difference.
Further information can be found on www.justforests.org.
31 January, 2013.
Students teachers incorporate learning from a Hope placement in Kolkata into their lessons
In July of last year five Mary Immaculate students completed a month long placement in Kolkata with The Hope Foundation. The placement centred on supporting education initiatives for street children. On their return the students completed two separate School Placements in which they incorporating their experiences from India in to their teaching.
The first photo was taken during a class with infants which sought to tackle the negative stereotypes children can commonly hold about less developed countries. The lesson was taught thematically, covering a number of curriculum areas. The children were very engaged in the lesson and very interested in exploring the common aspects between life in Ireland and life in Kolkata. What is visible in the photo is the peacock which is the national bird of India and what is left of a sample of nan bread each child tasted!
The second photo shows a mapping exercise used with a senior class to discuss trade and explore the interdependence of countries in the global North and South.
Second year student teachers are currently preparing to undertake the same placement in Kolkata for this coming July.
Congratulations to Froebel College of Education
The staff and students of Froebel College were recently honoured for their work on the Yellow Flag Programme, an intercultural education project run by the Irish Traveller Movement. For the last 18 months, with the support of the DICE Project, Froebel College have been taking part in an eight step accredited programme which promotes equality and inclusion in education. A report documenting their experiences of the project was launched by Aodhan O Riordan, T.D, with special guest John Joe Nevin. The report highlighted that intercultural teaching practice rooted in human rights principles contribute to more comprehensively addressing issues of diversity as those messages filter into schools with newly qualified B.Ed. and H.Dip. teachers entering the education system.
Pictured L-R: Olympic Medallist John Joe Nevin, Froebel President Marie McLoughlin, Aodhan O Riordan T.D., Therese Hegarty Froebel DICE Lecturer.
According to Paula Madden the Yellow Flag Coordinator; “Colleges of Education must be supported and resourced to develop affirmative action programmes which encourage greater participation of Travellers and other under-represented ethnic minorities to become teachers and in turn role models to young people. It is equally important the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority address the deficit amongst the current teacher population and provide resources and training in the area of anti-racism and interculturalism.” For further information please see www.froebel.ie and www.yellowflag.ie.
The DICE Project would like to congratulate the President, staff and students of Froebel College for all their hard work in promoting intercultural education in their college and in particular to Therese Hegarty for her vision and commitment to the project from the beginning.
DICE Call for Research Proposals
The DICE Project is pleased to invite proposals for Development Education (DE) / Intercultural Education (ICE) research projects to be carried out in primary initial teacher education during the academic year 2012-2013. The deadline for applications is Thursday, November 29th at 5pm. Full details can be found here.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of your proposal or the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Wood of Life’ Exhibition at Church of Ireland College of Education
CICE students at the ‘Wood of Life Exhibition’
This week, Tom Roche from Just Forests (www.justforests.org) brought the ‘Wood of Life’ Exhibition to Church of Ireland College of Education. Just Forests is an organisation that increases public awareness, through development education (DE) and education for sustainable development (ESD), of the importance of responsible forest management, as a means of alleviating poverty in timber exporting countries.
The Wood of Life is a hands-on, interactive exhibition for schools, libraries and other education facilities and will be coming to Froebel College, Marino Institute of Education, Mary Immaculate College and St. Patrick’s College over the next few months. For more details, please contact email@example.com. For more photos of the CICE event, please go to http://www.justforests.org/events/navan-public-library-2?type=schedule&view=all.
The Future of SPHE: Problems and Possibilities
The DICE Project is a member of the SPHE Network, a group which actively promotes and develops Social, Personal and Health Education in Ireland. The first SPHE Network Conference will take place on Saturday 29th of September in Mary Immaculate College and will explore the role and profile of SPHE in 21st century Ireland.
Current SPHE content, methodology and implementation will be critically examined with a view to determining its ongoing relevance to a generation who has witnessed the social, economic and cultural impacts of both the Celtic Tiger and the subsequent recession. This critical lens will be applied to all aspects of the conference with participants invited to share their knowledge and experience of SPHE in a spirit of partnership and dialogue. National and international perspectives will be brought through the contributions of the keynote speakers, while subsequent papers, workshops and poster presentations will engage with specific issues and challenges relating to SPHE. Opportunities for future partnerships and research will also be presented throughout the conference. A number of SPHE resources will be made available to all participants. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The full conference programme is available here
Photovoice workshop podcast
The DICE Workshop on ‘Photovoice in the Classroom’ was held last week in Marino Institute of Education. There was great participation from staff in all the colleges as well as representatives from our NGO colleagues. Dr. Kevin Graziano is a skilled facilitator and practitioner in Photovoice and we are very grateful for the time he gave to DICE while he was in Ireland. Photovoice is a methodology which has great potential for the DE sector and we look forward to utilising our new found skills in future research! As part of his visit, Kevin was interviewed by Seán Delaney for his ‘Inside Education’ Radio Show. You can listen to the podcast here. A wiki page for Photovoice has been set up as a result of the workshop. You can access or share information through the following link: https://miephotovoice.wikispaces.com/
Photovoice Workshop 15th May
DICE is pleased to invite you to participate in an upcoming Training Workshop on ‘Photovoice’, the use of documentary photography and storytelling in the classroom.