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What’s your name?

What’s your name What’s your name? started in February 2020, during the Mother Tongues Festival in Tallaght. The aim of the project was to show the range of names that people have as a way to demonstrate not only that Ireland is the home of many languages, nationalities and identities, but also that while we Read More

Stand with refugees: a reading list for children

Stand with refugees: a reading list for children To mark World Refugee Day, each year UNHCR and Children’s Books Ireland partner with libraries and bookshops across the country in encouraging people to buy or borrow a book about refugees. Using this specially curated book list, readers have a wide selection of stories from around the Read More

UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020

UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020 This year’s focus of the UNESCO International Literacy is on ‘Teaching and learning literacy: The role of educators and changing pedagogies’. The deadline for submitting a candidature to the nominating entities is set on 28 June 2020. The deadline for the nominating entities to submit nominations is set on Sunday 12 July 2020. Read More

Home languages and home learning: Supports for Multilingual Families

During this long period away from school families are at home together working, learning and managing as best they can in difficult circumstances. Some multilingual families can find it especially difficult to navigate the learning needs of their children in English or Irish medium schools and using their own mother tongues at home.  In collaboration Read More

What’s your name?

Our portraits project “What’s your name?”, commissioned as part of the Mother Tongues Festival, has now transformed and will be presented as a documentary showcasing the stories told by children about their own names. We created this film for Cruinniú na nOg to raise awareness of the importance of learning to say all names properly Read More

Children’s books that discuss race and racism

The death of George Floyd in the United States has sparked a discussion about racism, equality and discrimination in Ireland. Research from Harvard University suggests that by age 5 white children are strongly biased towards whiteness. To counter this bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as Read More

It’s Language Fortnight at Citywest Educate Together!

If you are looking to celebrate your school’s linguistic diversity in a fun and engaging way, here is a wonderful example of how to use and showcase the children’s knowledge of languages other than English. While we are all teaching and learning at a distance, it is important to value all the learning taking place Read More

Medical advice on Covid19 in 30 languages launched in Ireland today

Together Ireland initiative has launched a new Public Information service for migrants in partnership with Nasc – Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre. Its called the Covid19 World Service. Over 20 doctors who have recorded scripted Public Health videos in over 30 different languages about Covid19 – everything from Kurdish to Polish, Portuguese to Urdu and Read More

Online meeting of heritage language teachers

In November 2019 we had our second heritage language conference and agreed to meet during 2020 to share experiences and have a community of practice for teachers of heritage language schools.The first meeting was planned for March, but due to current restrictions, we have decided to move that online using Zoom. On 7th April at Read More