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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: has a large number of publications including:

Resources and toolkits from other organisations

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

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

CDYSB and 80:20, ‘Vary Us. Exploring Diversity, Interculturalism, Identity’

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

Comhlámh ‘Diversity through the Arts’, a resource with lesson plans addressing issues of culture and diversity through drama, visual art, storytelling and music for primary schools:

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.

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

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission resource, Give Stereotyping the Boot-

Irish Girl Guides excellent intercultural activity pack covers a wide age range.-

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

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;

"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).

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

Videos and Multi-media

Give it up for Ramadan-young people participate in an online educational resource on Ramadan                                   

Include Youth: 'Blow your socks off': -This video from Include Youth is an inclusive and creative way to look at shared experiences by vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in finding employment.

Migrants Rights Centre Ireland video called Making Ireland Home, exploring belonging, identity and experiences of racism with a group of young migrants

MRCI on young people who are undocumented and the Young, Paperless and Powerful Campaign

MRCI- 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

Ruhama- Human rights, migration, and trafficking:  Check out this short film 'The new recruit' from Ruhama about sex trafficking.

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

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

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

Show Racism the Red Card UK (targeting Islamophobia resource for work with young people, drawing on Irish experience from the Troubles)-

Immigrant Council of Ireland.  First hand accounts of living with racism-educational resource

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

Amnesty International- 8 educational resources to better understand the refugee crisis 

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

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.

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

Send my Friend to School: 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):

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

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

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

Reports and strategy documents

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

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: Inequality and the Stereotyping of Young People report

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

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.-

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

Information on services, education, culture & 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


Educate Together links:


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.


Think & Act: Resource on religious diversity, in particular these links:


Resources for educators including youth workers and teachers

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

City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Curriculum Development Unit and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. (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

Council of Europe (2015). 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)

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

Irish Human Rights and Equality 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).-

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

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 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).

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (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).

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

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).

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

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

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

Mvslim is an online community that encourages creativity, self-development and entrepreneurship. Mvslim aims to unite people from different backgrounds and cultures, not only to create a strong community of Muslims, but to make the world of Muslims more accessible to others.                                              

The Glucksman project- 'Once Upon a Place' has worked with Children living in Direct Provision centres in Cork City, Wallaroo Playschool and Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann, Midleton to create artworks that consider the idea of place both imaginative and real.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The University of Edinburgh, The Alwaleed Centre providing resources on Islam for teachers in secondary schools

BBC-child friendly resources for teaching about Islam 


Direct support on intercultural youth work

Contact us at NYCI: Anne Walsh (Intercultural and Equality Project Manager) 

or Sally Daly (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 or

JRS Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar

A calendar with all the important days in the year – JRS Ireland produce this annually.  Queries to or T:  + 353 (0) 1 814 8644.

Specialist youth work opportunities

  • Irish Refuge Council have a great international youth group that meets once a week. Mostly male.   Contact Aoife Dare
  • 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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