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.