Susan McMahon

<p style=”margin: 0px 0px 12px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; color: #000000; min-height: 14px;”>There are a large number of children from refugee families in my school, some of them living in direct provision. They come from situations of great upheaval, political unrest and civil war. We try to make the other children aware of their situations, without drawing too much attention to it. Our goal is to make the children from refugee families feel welcome into our school community, feel safe in it and know that they are a valuable part of it. We have a strong Intercultural Week every year, and families are invited into the school to share their arts and crafts, bring national dishes and wear traditional costumes. In relation to organisations working with refugees in our community, I have worked with the Irish Refugee Council and Spirasi in relation to some of our families, and I have found their advice, support and resources useful.</p>

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