Exploring Migration and Migrant Rights in Primary Classrooms
Wednesday 5th April saw the launch of an exciting new teaching resource for primary schools entitled ‘Journeys, A Teacher’s Handbook Exploring Migration and Migrant Rights in Primary Classrooms’.
Approximately 12% of the Irish population is made up of people from migrant backgrounds. According to the authors, Brighid Golden from MIC, and Aideen Roche from Doras Lumni, this has led to a significant increase in recent times in the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity in our schools. Also reflected in the intercultural nature of our schools is a large number of children who are refugees and asylum seekers. Indeed there are currently over one thousand children living in Direct Provision (the system for accommodating asylum seekers in Ireland).
Journeys is a whole-school resource exploring migration and migrant rights through four distinct themes: Journeys, Culture, Stereotypes and Protection. Each of the themes build on each other to support teachers to gradually explore the topic in more depth with their pupils.
The resource in response to an identified need from teachers who have expressed a requirement for support in order to both teach about migration issues within their classrooms, and to include children of migrant backgrounds effectively in their teaching. Journeys was created with a recognition that teachers have very different levels of knowledge and awareness of migration issues. The four themes within Journeys are designed to be taught consecutively as they increase in depth and complexity as you progress through the resource.
Brighid Golden, Development Education and Global Citizenship Project Worker, MIC, lectures in development education and intercultural education at MIC through the national DICE Project. She holds a B.Ed and an M.Ed in International Approaches to Education with International Development. Brighid has been involved in human rights education and migrant rights for many years through both professional and volunteer work.
Aideen Roche, Communications & Campaigns Officer with Doras Luimni, holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law, a higher Diploma in Project Management and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology, focusing her academic studies on migrant integration, the rights of asylum seekers, and anti-discrimination issues. Aideen has been working in the human rights sector and with migrant and minority groups for the past 10 years, in Ireland and internationally.
Journeys is a partnership publication between the Curriculum Development Unit at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, The DICE (development and intercultural education) Project, nationally and Doras Luimní, a migrant rights NGO based in Limerick. This partnership brought rich collaboration to the resource which aims to interweave information about migration with accessible teaching strategies for the primary classroom.
Further information on the resource available from www.curriculumdevelopmentunit.com
Pictured L-R: Siobhán Sleeman, DICE Project Coordinator; Eucharia McCarthy, Director of the CDU at MIC; Donnah Vuma, volunteer with Doras Luimní; Jody Clarke, UNHCR; Aideen Roche, Doras Luimní (author); Leonie Kerins, Director Doras Luimní; Brighid Golden, Dice Project at MIC (author).