Irish Refugee Council launches youth-led educational booklet

Irish Refugee Council launches youth-led educational booklet

Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy and IRC fundraising manager Claire Tetart with the young people who created the resource.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has launched Tight Spaces, a youth-led educational booklet created by young people seeking protection who are part of IRC’s and ARD Family Resource Centre’s Youth Project.

Tight Spaces gives insight into the treacherous journeys of these resilient young people in search of safety and their experiences in Ireland’s international protection system.

It aims to raise awareness of Ireland’s Direct Provision system and intends to bridge the gap in knowledge for young people in Ireland on this topic. It has been created for use in schools and youth groups. It encourages readers to connect with the topic of Direct Provision, explore it critically, and work towards taking action to build solidarity and create change. The resource states:

The resource was created with funding from Concern Worldwide, the National Youth Council of Ireland, and Irish Aid.

“I wanted to create a safe space for young people to be able to share where they come from. I didn’t have that when I was living in Direct Provision,” said Nike Monisola Awoyemi.

“For me, it was the right thing to do. It is now that we can shape the future, and be a voice for the voiceless. I have lived experience of this system and feel that I have an obligation to create a change. It was also very encouraging to work with other young people who did not live in Direct Provision but recognised the injustice in it and wanted to work towards creating change also,” said Abdulai Mansaray.

“I wanted to raise awareness of Direct Provision and to create a booklet that will educate people about what is happening in their surroundings and to encourage integration and a sense of welcoming,” said Marwa Zamir.

IRC CEO Nick Henderson said: “The power of change is with young people. More than ever, we need you. We need to stand together. This energy, positivity, ambition and connectivity is needed in the coming weeks and months. Let’s cherish it.”

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