Open Your Dev Head, Mary Immaculate College

Open Your Dev Head, Mary Immaculate College

‘Open Your Dev Head’ was a development education awareness day which saw over 100 local primary school children come to MIC to work with B.Ed students on development education mini-lessons.img_0397

Third year B.Ed students who have chosen DICE as their education elective spent all semester designing and creating new and innovative development education resources. Students were encouraged to choose their own theme and structure for their resources and taught mini-lessons on themes such as gender, migration, human rights, climate change and global poverty. The resources ranged from interactive board games to drama to discussion and creative art based activities. During the event students engaged in station teaching which allowed them to trial their resource three times with different groups in fifteen minute intervals.img_0399

In order to ensure they were creating something new, students chose their themes and format following a review of existing resources and an in depth look at the audit of Irish development education resources to identify gaps in the field. Throughout the semester students got advice from Irish organisations 80:20 and Trócaire who have both been engaged in creating development education resources for Irish teachers for many years.thumb_img_0395_1024

An integral part of the event was gaining feedback from participating school children and their class teachers on the resources being piloted. At the conclusion of the event, the children were encouraged to write their feedback for the students on post-it notes which were then displayed for all the children, teachers and B.Ed students to see. Examples of the children’s very useful feedback can be seen below. Teachers also gave high praise and were very keen to find out if they could get copies of the resources or use the lessons in their own teaching.

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

Great Cross-curricular learning

Froebel Students at the Just Forests Exhibition

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?

Just Forests Exhibition in Froebel College

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.

Therese Hegarty
DICE Lecturer
Froebel College

31 January, 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.

Congratulations to Froebel College of Education

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.
Yellow Flag Award

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

DICE Call for Research Proposals

DICE LogoThe 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 info@diceproject.ie

‘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.

The Future of SPHE: Problems and Possibilities

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.

SPHE Conference

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 info@diceproject.ie. The full conference programme is available here