Reply To: Module 4 – Migration and Refugees

#202315
Maire Stokes
Participant

<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: ‘Comic Sans MS’;”>The small rural town I live in is, on the whole, an extremely welcoming place. I remember having our first involuntary migrants in our school some 20 years ago. They were welcomed & supported in our school in many ways & were encouraged to integrate into the community through joining sporting clubs. The G.A.A. club in particular helping with lifts to training & matches for those who were interested. This has continued in recent times with the arrival of more migrants be they be voluntary or involuntary & refugees. </span></p>
<p style=”background: white; vertical-align: baseline; margin: 0cm 0cm 19.2pt 0cm;”><span style=”font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: ‘Comic Sans MS’; color: black; mso-color-alt: windowtext;”>At present we have refugee families living in our town, with just one Ukranian pupil attending our Boys’ school. Local organisations such as St. Vincent de Paul & Blayney Blades have assisted us as a school. This boy came to our school just before Easter 2022. He joined my 4<sup>th</sup> class. As a school community we made sure that relevant staff members met with his parents & the boy himself, a member of Blayney Blades<span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”>  </span>& a translator. We wanted to welcome him & to explain that he would be safe & well looked after by us. In class using gestures, google translate & every other means possible we learned basic facts about Ukraine, found it on the map. We found out about this boy’s journey to Ireland, time line wise & route. He was very happy to partake in these lessons & I felt he was very proud hearing about his country in his new school. <span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span></span></p>
<p style=”background: white; vertical-align: baseline; margin: 0cm 0cm 19.2pt 0cm;”><span style=”font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: ‘Comic Sans MS’; color: black; mso-color-alt: windowtext;”>In Co. Monaghan there are facebook groups Migrant Support Monaghan & Co. Monaghan Refugee Support Group Ltd. I only found out about these groups by reading my colleague’s post! </span></p>
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