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Resources for Intercultural or Inclusive Youth Work



Resources for doing Intercultural Youth Work


From NYCI has a number of resources including:

  • Lets Act on Inclusion video series  10 short videos on equality and inclusion – each clip can be used to start a conversation with your team or youth group
  • Promoting Quality in Intercultural Youth Work – 12 Steps to Good Practice’
  • ‘Practical Guidelines for doing intercultural youth work’
  • ‘Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Other Migrants – key definitions’
  • Sample ‘Anti-Racism Code of Practice’
  • Flyer on ‘Intercultural Youth Work’ (with sections translated into 8 languages)
  • Access All Areas’ Diversity Toolkit for the youth sector (with chapters on working with young people from a minority ethnic background, and young Travellers)
  • Information sheet “What terminology do I use when talking about Young People from a Minority Ethnic Background?” has a large number of publications including:


Resources and toolkits from other organisations

The Equality Authority resource, Give Stereotyping the Boot-


Irish Girl Guides excellent intercultural activity pack covers a wide age


"The Diversity Project Resource Pack" is a drama based resource for working with young people and is ideal for doing predevelopment work with groups who will be welcoming new members. Canal Communities Intercultural Centre recently developed the resource with their partners. Its author is Eimear Morrissey.


Scouts (in Sweden)Them ‘n’ Us – a toolkit on diversity in Scouting”, available from -


SALTO-YOUTH a European web based guide to activities based on including ID booklet Ideas for Inclusion and Diversity


SALTO Cultural Diversity Resource Centre (2016) Valuing the Difference Resource Pack.  (SALTO London).


IFM-SEI (International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International) ‘All Together – Making Inclusion Happen’ handbook and website


Show Racism the Red Card sports based anti-racism activity pack


The Equality Authority Inequality and the Stereotyping of Young People report and resource pack


North West Inner City Network has developed an excellent Intercultural Toolkit ‘Opening Doors’ and a guide to key services in Dublin city centre ‘Find Your Way’.

Contact 01 6774025 or


CDYSB - Toolkit of Essential Guidelines for Good Youth Work Practice-


Comhlámh ‘Diversity through the Arts’ which is a resource with lesson plans addressing issues of culture and diversity through drama, visual art, storytelling and music for primary schools. A specific training course is also available on this resource from Comhlámh


Eco Unesco ‘Embracing diversity’ which presents a flexible, easy-to-use range of workshops, simulation games and activities designed to make young people aware of the alternatives to prejudice and stereotyping, using environmental education. It celebrates multiculturalism and the environment. Price €4.50, available at


CDYSB and 80:20, ‘Vary Us. Exploring Diversity, Interculturalism, Identity’. Available for €10 per copy from CDYSB.


Videos and Multi-media


Migrants Rights Centre Ireland have produced an excellent video called Making Ireland Home  with a group of young migrants


MRCI on migrants who are Undocumented:


Minding the Gap is an animated short created by the young members of MRCI’s Migrant Education Access (MEA) campaign in order to tell their stories and highlight the barriers they face trying to access 3rd level. Scroll down the page a little


On human rights- The value of women in Congo – a brilliant video on how war affects women  It won an ICCl video award – see details here


On social justice Think Act - brilliant animated resource originally developed for primary teachers interested in social justice issues but it could be used with older groups too.  


Human rights, migration, and trafficking:  Check out this short film 'The new recruit' from Ruhama about sex trafficking. It’s very powerful – not to be missed


Blow your socks off: -This video from Include Youth is an excellent way of looking at what young people experience


Responding to racism resources (video and text based)


On racism –If young people experience any racism please report it online – they can do it themselves or you can do it for them or with them – go to iReport

Racism in Ireland, impact on the victim from ENAR’s (Jul-Dec 2016):-

iReport launch Vox Pop-people’s experiences and thoughts on racism:-

Show Racism the Red Card UK (targeting Islamophobia resource, drawing on Irish experience from the Troubles)-

No Hate Speech flashmob Kilkenny Youth- Developing counter narratives to racism. Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration Ltd.

Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry available to download through the following portal:-


Migration:  crisis, causes and outcomes

How emergencies impact on children’s’ education and what causes people to flee. Send my Friend to School (a campaign led by children and young people):

First News first-hand account from a young refugee in the Calais Jungle:

Teenager Nujeen Mustafa became a refugee, when fleeing Syria, a temporary or permanent label?

Human Rights Watch – to get a snapshot of what experiences the young people may be coming from Click on the country and get a snapshot


Supporting children and young people who are refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland


Stepping Stones – a resource supporting the transition of young migrants to post primary school.


Ombudsman for Children Office ‘All I Have to Say’ – a reading resource by separated children seeking asylum in their own words: - Video:


The Outsider: Our Teenage Life Behind Bars.  A view inside the Irish direct provision system through the eyes of two 13 yr old girls.-


Other resources


NYCI ‘Report on Consultations for an Intercultural Strategy for Youth Work’


The Garda Racial and Intercultural Office (GRIO) in the Garda Síochána has produced a resource on ‘Your Police Service in Intercultural Ireland’ which is available online or directly from the GRIO office in the following languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish. More information is available from the webpage above, from your local Garda Station and from Citizen’s Information Offices.


Migrant Rights Centres of Ireland (MRCI) resources including  Tools for Social Change a resource for community work with migrant workers and their families in Ireland, from the, and ‘Realising Integration’ a discussion document on economic, social, political and cultural inclusion of migrant workers and their families in Ireland


Trinity Immigration Initiative Children, Youth and Community Relations Project and Integrating Ireland. ‘In the Front Line of Integration: Young People managing migration to Ireland’ www.tcd.-


FLAC (Free Legal Aid Centres) ‘One Size doesn’t fit all’. A Legal analysis of the direct provision system:


UCC (University College Cork) Migrant Children project Final Report - 'Tell me about yourself'. Available from


Information on different cultures & religions

Directory of Migrant-led Churches and Chaplaincies from the All-Ireland Churches Consultative Committee on Racism 2009 contains contact details for over 300 Churches and Chaplaincies led by migrants all over Ireland


Resources developed in Ireland

Chester Beatty Library (2015) Ways of Seeing II (Chester Beatty Library, Dublin).


Forde, G. (2013) A Journey Together: A Resource for Christian Muslim Dialogue (Cork: Cois Tine).


National Women’s Council of Ireland (2010) Making Our Voices Heard. The Stories of Muslim Women in Ireland.(NWCI, Dublin).


National Youth Council of Ireland. (2006) All Different. All Equal. An Anti-Racist and Intercultural Education Resource for Youth Workers. (NYCI, Dublin).-


National Youth Council of Ireland. (2004) Life Stories. Exploring Identity with Young People. (NYCI, Dublin).


Show Racism the Red Card (2013) Show Racism the Red Card. Education Pack. (SRTRC, Dublin). 


UNHCR Ireland (2016) CSPE Refugee Education Pack (UNHCR, Dublin).


Useful Irish websites:

Think & Act  in particular these links:


Educate Together links:


Resources for educators including youth workers and teachers


Brander, P., Keen, E., Juhasz, V. and Schneider, A. (eds.) (2nd edition) (2015) COMPASS: Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People (Strasbourg: Council of Europe) (1st edition)


City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Curriculum Development Unit and the Equality Authority (2012) Equality and Diversity. Building a Culture of Equality in our Society. A Citizenship Education Resource for Transition Year and Key Stage 4. (CDVEC CDU and Centre for Cross Border Studies).


City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Curriculum Development Unit and the National Consultative Committee and Racism and Interculturalism (2002) Changing Perspectives. Cultural Values, Diversity and Equality in Ireland and the Wider World. (CDVEC CDU and NCCRI, Dublin)


City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Curriculum Development Unit in collaboration with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (2012) Tackling Controversial Issues in the Citizenship Classroom. (CDVEC, Dublin).


City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Curriculum Development Unit, Sadaka and the Centre for Cross Border Studies (2012) Israel and Palestine. How will there be peace?  (CDVEC, Sadaka & CBS, Dublin)


Council of Europe (2016), Teaching Controversial Issues: Professional Development Pack for the Effective Teaching of Controversial Issues


Equality Authority (2014) Equality in Second-level Schools. A Training Manual for Educators and Trainers. (Equality Authority, Dublin).


Equality Authority and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (2011) Spotlight on Stereotyping. A resource for teachers of Civic, Social and Political Education (Equality Authority and the Professional Development Service for Teachers, Dublin).


Equality Authority (2012) Grounds for Action. Building a Culture of Equality in our Society. A Citizenship Education Resource for Transition Year and Key Stage 4. (Equality Authority, Dublin).


European Commission (1998) What? Me? A Racist? (Brussels: Office for Official Publication of the European Communities)


IOM and UNHCR (2004) Not Just Numbers. Teacher’s Manual. Educational Toolkit on Migration and Asylum in Europe. (UNHCR and IOM, Brussels).


Irish Human Rights Commission (2012) ‘Express Yourself’. 6 Step Teacher’s Guide to CPSE Human Rights Action Project. (IHRC, Dublin).

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (2015) Human Rights, Equality and Teacher Education. A Supplement to – Equality in Second-level Schools: A Training Manual for Educators and Trainers. (IHREC, Dublin).-


International Board on Books for Young People Ireland (2005) Cross-Currents.  A guide to multicultural books for young people. (IBBY Ireland, Dublin)


National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (2016) Islamic Teachings on Contemporary Issues for Young Muslims. (University of Melbourne).-


ODIHR (2011) Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education (ODIHR, Warsaw). 


OSCE & ODIHR (2007) Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools.  (ODIHR, Warsaw).


Reading International Solidarity Centre (2011) Understanding Islam: Challenging Islamophobia A Toolkit for teachers and Facilitators KS 3 and 4+


Runnymede Trust (2009) Young Muslim and Citizen. Identity, Empowerment and Change. Ideas, Activities and Resources for parents, teachers and youth workers. (Runnymede Trust, London).


SALTO Cultural Diversity Resource Centre (2011) The Sky is the Limit. An Interactive Guide for Youth Projects on Interfaith Dialogue (SALTO, London).

Titley, A. (20??) Irish Traveller Movement Yellow Flag Programme. Handbook for Schools (Irish Traveller Movement, Dublin).

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004) ABC Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools (Geneva: UN OHCHR)


Useful websites


The University of Edinburgh, The Alwaleed Centre


Some child friendly resources for teaching about Islam 


Direct support on Intercultural and Inclusive Youth work

Contact us at NYCI:  Anne Walsh (Intercultural and Equality Project Officer) 01 4784122

Training programme


  • Embedding Diversity in Youth Work
  • Intercultural Awareness and Cultural Competency,
  • Practical Supports for doing Intercultural and Inclusive Youth Work,
  • How to Design and Deliver a Session on Intercultural Awareness, (2 day course)
  • Designing an Intercultural and Inclusive Programme,
  • Developing an Intercultural/Diversity Policy and Implementation Plan, (2 day course)
  • Tackling Racism, Sexism and Homophobia  

Tailored training can also be provided on demand for youth groups of 12 or more participants.

Contact us for more information.

               Telephone: 01 478 4122 and mobile: 086 8177326 Email 


JRS Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar

The Calendar with all the important days in the year – JRS Ireland used to do an Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar. 

Specialist youth work opportunities


  • Irish Refuge Council have a great international youth group that meets once a week. Mostly male.   Contact Aoife Dare She also works in Castleisland with NEKD.
  • There’s a youth group called Muslim Youth of Ireland contact Adaam Bari
  • Scouts –if you want to do something independently with local Scout group contact Karol Quinn in Headquarters first  and he’ll smooth the way 'Karl Quinn'


Sports related

  • SARI (Sports Against Racism)     Ken Mc Cue  085 1056134       He has lots of experience involving young  asylum seekers and refugees in sports opportunities  They have a football and other tournaments during the year – events well worth going to as a group – always in Phoenix park. Sign up for their email alerts


Mosque related              

  • Dublin Mosque and Islamic Foundation Ireland,  South Circular Road (Sunni same as Clonskeagh Mosque)            
  • Clonsilla mosque – Dr. Umar Al-Qadri  Sufi cleric.  Dr Umar runs a Peace initiative looking to engage with Muslim youth, He runs open days and is a very good advisor on all things Islam related including child welfare
  • Shia mosque is in Milltown
  • everything you ever wanted to know about Muslim groups/sects etc  in Ireland




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