Show Racism the Red Card Workshops and Exhibition

Show Racism the Red Card Workshops and Exhibition

On Monday November 28th Marino Institute of Education welcomed Sara Hakim from Show Racism the Red Card, who facilitated workshops with first year BEd and BSc in Education Studies students. Sara also facilitated a lunchtime seminar with untitledstaff and students exploring issues related to stereotyping and racism.

Marino is currently hosting the Show Racism the Red Card Exhibition of Children and Young People’s artwork until December 9thuntitled5

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Invisible Children Installation in Mary Immaculate College

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 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

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’.

Aiveen Mullally

Marino Institute of Education,

February 2013

‘Wood of Life’ Exhibition at Church of Ireland College of Education

‘Wood of Life’ Exhibition at Church of Ireland College of Education

CICE Exhibition

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 info@diceproject.ie. For more photos of the CICE event, please go to http://www.justforests.org/events/navan-public-library-2?type=schedule&view=all.