Every person has a culture – the many customs and beliefs that shape our perspectives and create a lens through which we see others. In this training section, there are a selection of evidence-based engaging materials, designed by experienced educators with in-depth knowledge of; educational exclusion, marginalisation, racism, and oppression.
The materials are free, all that we ask is that you complete this short download form here if you are using them. This will help us create a record of the impact they are having on raising cultural awareness in relation to refugees in Ireland.
The programmes and materials in this section aim to give participants an insight into:
- How having refugee status impacts on integration and participation in Irish society.
- The barriers that exist for refugees; personal, social, economic.
Using participative, dialogic, arts-based, and collaborative approaches, we anticipate that using our training materials in your organisation they will help participants;
- to understand the plight of refugees and people seeking asylum.
- be critically aware of people seeking asylum in Ireland.
- to question our inbuilt bias towards asylum seekers and refugees.
- to develop solidarity towards refugees and people seeking asylum in Ireland.
*Each session can be used independently or as follow up sessions.
Session 1 – Deconstructed
Deconstructed is a 3.5-minute artistic video about how peoples’ identity is deconstructed in the protection process and in particular in the Direct Provision system. The accompanying guide is to support facilitators to deliver an interactive 1hr cultural awareness session (online or in-person), based on community education principals, using ‘Deconstructed’ as a focal point to explore concepts such as stigmatisation and oppression in relation to refugees.
Download session 1 resources: Session 1
Session 2 – ‘That 19 euro?’
Up until 2019, adults living in Direct Provision in Ireland received €19.10 as a weekly allowance. ‘That 19 euro?’ is a 1.5-minute video of a spoken word performance by artist Felispeaks, created from research interviews where participants spoke about the impact of this on their lives and their mental health. The accompanying guide is to support facilitators to deliver an interactive 1hr session (online or in-person), based on community education principals, exploring money and poverty as a focal point to explore concepts such as oppression and exclusion in relation to refugees.
Download session 2 resources: Session 2
Session 3 – Angela’s Ashes through a Syrian Refugee’s Eyes by Kinda Nassli
In this 12-minute video presentation, former Syrian TV presenter, Kinda Nassli, draws comparisons through the works of Frank McCourt and Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, to describe how McCourt’s book Angela’s Ashes helped her make peace with her new life in Ireland as a Syrian refugee. The accompanying guide is to support facilitators to deliver a critical and in-depth session exploring the concepts of ‘refugee’ and ‘displacement’ using community education methodologies.
Session 4 – How to Talk about Race and Racism – with Lilian Nwanze and Zoryana Pshyk
In this 45-minute dialogue, educators Lilian Nwanze and Zoryana Pshyk, discuss how while the subject of racial inequality might be a difficult conversation to have, through creating space to engage with each other we can dismantle racist belief systems. They highlight the importance of not shying away from having these conversations and model how thoughtful dialogue about racism as well as reflection on privilege, can lead to more culturally inclusive work and learning places. A must-watch for any individual or organisation serious about inclusion. The accompanying guide contains questions to support educators to facilitate a critical discussion on the topics raised by Lilian and Zoryana in the video.
Download session 4 resources: Session 4