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

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