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Walk in My Shoes - Cork and Dublin 2019

As many of you will know, this week saw two Edmund Rice Schools’ ‘Walk in my Shoes’ conferences take place.  The gatherings this week were hosted in Cork and Dublin.  Thank you to all the schools who attended.  I am sure you will agree that they were excellent conferences, and of great value to your students in terms of social justice and what it means to be part of the Edmund Rice Schools network.

The themes for ‘Walk in my Shoes’ this year were direct provision/the refugee crisis and homelessness.  At both events we had students from our schools speak directly to their peers on their personal experiences. 

Sorcha Pollak, journalist from the Irish Times, attended the gathering in Croke Park yesterday.  Sorcha has an excellent article in today’s Irish Times, highlighting three of our students from CBS Westland Row; Mohammed Almassry, Samir Faizi and Osman Noori, who spoke to the conference.   Please click the following link to the full article.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/in-syria-i-used-to-hate-school-but-here-it-s-really-different-1.3834290   

I think you will agree that this article is important for a number of reasons.  The first is to highlight the lives and struggles of young refugees in Ireland, and in this case our students.  The second is to allow the Edmund Rice Schools to highlight to our Network, and outside our Network, these social justice issues and to try to facilitate change so to improve the lives of those affected. 

The ‘Walk in my Shoes’ events have been a huge success.  These are a great opportunity for the Edmund Rice Schools to demonstrate that we truly live out, and believe in, the tenets of our Charter, and with the article in the Irish Times, we have been able to demonstrate nationally the true meaning of what it is to be an Edmund Rice School, and to be a national voice for public justice. 

Gerry Bennett
Chief Executive 
The Edmund Rice Schools Trust

22 March, 2019

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