The students in NUIG have officially created a society in their University now. At the end of January they held an EGM where they elected their committee members. Aidan Harte (Auditor), Thomas Wilkinson (Vice-Auditor), Jocelynne-Joanne Fenez (Secretary), Jennifer Conroy (Treasurer), Andrea Stigler and Chiun Min Seah (HQ Liason Officer), Jeremy Bingham (Public Relations Officer) and Suzanne Raap (Social Media Officer).
Suzanne Raap writes "On 1st February the National Youth Council of Irleand (NYCI) and our society organised a workshop on 'Migration, Refuge and the Sustainable Development Goals'. Many people turned up, and we even had a waiting list for when the workshop was full. It was a great evening.
After this workshop, two people from our committee (Siri and Aidan) did a workshop in a local secondary school. They did several educational exercises with the students, including an exercise to teach the differences in definitions between refugees, asylum seekers, economic migrants, and internally-displaced people.
As a committee we met together and Siri and Aidan shared their experiences going into a school for the first time. We also had an educational session at one of our society meetings, at which we discussed and learned about Ireland's direct provision system, in order to increase our members' knowledge of these issues prior to any school visits they may be a part of in future. It is great to share new information with each other to use this when we go into secondary schools.
On Thursday 23rd February we have a seminar at which Brendan Smith and Lorraine Tansey will talk about refugee camps in the Middle East, and living conditions for refugees in Ireland. Brendan Smith has worked in many Middle Eastern countries, and in Jordan he has volunteered in an initiative called the Refugee Code Week - seen in the video below"
"Lorraine will talk with us about the net benefits of accepting asylum seekers into Irish society. She will also discuss 'soft' versus 'critical' global citizenship education. It looks set to be an interesting evening."
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