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Discover Poland


Educational Campaign Promoting Cultural Exchange and Social Integration

DISCOVER POLAND INTEGRATION WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
A series of workshops aiming to teach basic facts about the culture, history, geography, heritage and traditions of Poland and Central Europe will run in libraries in Dublin, Blancharstown, Cork and Limerick between October and December.
The workshops for schools based on intercultural education guidelines are designed to expand the horizons and intercultural experiences of our youngest citizens.
Children aged 5-12 will join facilitators Joanna Parkes, Donal Gallagher and Janusz Flakus for this special event which will be packed with wonderful stories and lots of fun, hands-on activities. The workshops are being conducted in conjunction with local schools.

The project is organised by the Embassy of Poland in Dublin and Forum Polonia in collaboration with the Bishopstown Library (Cork), Blackpool Library (Cork), the Limerick City Library (Limerick), the Blancharstown Library (Dublin) and the Ilac Centre Library (Dublin). It is also supported by Bilingual Forum Ireland. The initiative aims to celebrate the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.

Target group: 4-10 years old
Start date: October 2011


1. General purpose:

– to challenge stereotypes/misconceptions and discrimination
– to broaden understanding and acceptance of difference
– to pique children’s curiosity about different countries
– to encourage intercultural understanding
– to appreciate diversity
– to search for similarities

2. The Project aims to:
-Encourage positive future relationships with Polish children through a basic introduction to the Polish language
-Enrich knowledge of Polish heritage by introducing children to famous Polish people
–Educate young people about Polish geography, climate and culture eg.
discuss Poland on the European map, neighbouring countries/sea and point out
interesting facts

3. Activities included:
Storytelling
Arts and Crafts

For more details please contact the project manager Beata Molendowska on 01 873 43 33 or communication liaison Anna Pospieszynska on 085 104 5317.

Initiative: Beata Molendowska( Illac Library, Forum Polonia) Nikola Sękowska (Ambasada Polski w Irlandii)
Coordination: Beata Molendowska( Illac Library), Nikola Sękowska (Ambasada Polski w Irlandii), Anna Pospieszyńska ( Forum Polonia)
Support:
In cooperation with libraries:
Dublin
Central Library, ILAC Centre
Phone Number: 01 873 43 33
E-mail:
centrallibrary@dublincity.ie

Limerick
Limerick City Library,
The Granary,
Michael Street,
Limerick.
E-mail: citylib@limerickcity.ie
Te: 061-407510

Blanchardstown
Blanchardstown Library
Civic Centre
Blanchardstown Centre
Fingal
Dublin 15
E-mail: blanchlib@fingalcoco.ie
Tel:01-8905563

Cork
Bishopstown Library,
Wilton Shopping Centre,
Cork.
E-mail:david_o’brien@corkcity.ie
Tel:021/4924959

And
Blackpool Library,
Blackpool Shopping Centre,
Cork.
E-Mail :eibhlín_cassidy@corkcity.ie
Tel:021/4924944

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