UCD Fáilte Refugees students ran a successful Refugee Awareness Week, from April 1st - 5th 2019.
As part of the week, UCD Fáilte Refugees collaborated with UNICEF on an exhibition called “Uprooted”, which was on display in the O’Brien Centre for Science for the entire week. The exhibition was curated by Irish third-level students on behalf of UNICEF Ireland, featuring 20 photos, each a snapshot into the life of a young refugee. UNICEF intend to run the exhibition in HEI’s throughout Ireland over the coming months. The exhibition is aimed at facilitating a wider conversations on campuses around Ireland about the rights of children and young people and the responses we have made as individuals, communities nationally and as Europeans to refugees and migrants seeking a safer and better future. As reported in the UCD College Tribune April 2019. (Photos of the exhibition can be viewed below).
Refugee Awareness Week also saw the continued participation of UCD students acting as tutors to refugees and asylum seekers in the community via Third Age Ireland's Failte Isteach Conversation Classes. These classes take place every Monday evening from 6pm - 8pm and run until Monday 15th April.
There was a solidarity dinner held in collaboration with Amnesty International UCD and UCD Labour on Wednesday 3rd April.
The week ended with an interesting, honest and engaging panel discussion on life in direct provision, through the 'Fáilte Refugees in conversation with...' event, with members from MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland), RTE’s Suzanne McAuley of the Taken Down Series, Dr. Muireann Ni Raghallaigh of UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and Melissa Plunkett, UCD Student Union's Welfare Officer.