Lusk students turn their focus on the plight of refugees
The socially aware Transition Year students of Lusk Community College will represent Ireland in the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards 2019 next month, with a project they hope will raise awareness of a very topical social issue.
Chosen from 31 teams across the country, the TY students have been shortlisted for the national final of the awards, to be held in Croke Park on May 15, with their project on the plight of Ireland's refugees and the issue of direct provision.
Lusk Community College's TY teacher, Ms. Rennicks, explains why her students chose their particular subject: 'The students were looking at the refugee crisis, and they looked around the school and saw there were a lot of cultures, and did not really understand the response of the government in Ireland and governments across the world with their rejection of refugees.
'They wanted to educate themselves on what was going on, so they got in touch with Amnesty International and managed to arrange for a man from Bangladesh who used to live in direct provision to visit the school and explain his life here in Ireland. So it really gave them an insight into the journey an asylum seeker has to take.
'They decided they were going to educate the rest of the school, so they ran a History and Justice Week, and taught lessons to first and second year classes on the refugee crisis and direct provision. They also invited a holocaust survivor called Tomi Reichental in, and he spoke about how he was a refugee who was accepted into Ireland.'
She said: 'Last year, another team from Lusk entered the competition, so the class are hoping that this year will be another great experience.'