College of FET Intercultural Day – Richard Lynch, I Love Limerick pictured with learners from Sudan at the College of FET Kilmallock Road Campus Intercultural Day. Picture: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick.
The Intercultural Day was held as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival 2022
By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew
The College of Further Education and Training Kilmallock Road Campus hosted their annual College of FET Intercultural Day as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival 2022 on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The day-long celebration recognised the diversity present on campus, where those of all backgrounds are encouraged to further their education and professional growth.
The upbeat and inspiring College of FET Intercultural Day included a ‘Global Food Tasting’, where learners from 30 different countries and cultures brought a taste of home to the college campus. Learners and staff from countries including Sudan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran and the United Kingdom carefully prepared delicious homemade cuisines for all to try.
In the afternoon, musical workshop Drum Dance Ireland was on hand to bring everyone together and make some noise! Guests were invited to join a drum circle, where they have the powerful experience of playing together with a host of other cultures – all for a bit of fun.
College of FET Kilmallock Road Campus, part of Limerick Clare Education and Training Board’s further education multi-campus, hosts a variety of Level 5 and 6 programmes including Art, Craft and Design, Construction and Engineering, Applied Science and ICT.
The College of FET Kilmallock Road Campus highlights that undertaking further education or vocational training can actually be financially beneficial to learners of all skill sets and backgrounds. Training allowances and childcare supports are available to all, and learners can keep any social welfare payments they may have – even if they continue to work part-time while studying.
The college also offers an English for Employment course aimed at non-native English speakers, which helps create the diversity of cultures found on campus.
I think it’s so important for cultures to mix, it is the best education we can get,” said Office Administration learner Richelle Hughes. “I’ve had a great learning experience here, and I have made friends from Sudan and Afghanistan and I love to hear about their cultures.”
Fatima Fadle, a learner from Sudan commented, “Sudan is a beautiful country and today we have brought our traditional food. Many of them tasted and loved the dishes we had prepared for them. I have enjoyed teaching Irish people and also the students from other colleges about our traditions and culture.”
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