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

Students teachers incorporate learning from a Hope placement in Kolkata into their lessons

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.