Nur­tur­ing a love of liv­ing in har­mony at Scoil Aonghusa

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

“No one is born hat­ing an­other per­son be­cause of the colour of his skin, or his back­ground, or his re­li­gion. Peo­ple must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love, for love comes more nat­u­rally to the hu­man heart than its op­po­site.” - Nel­son Man­dela, Long Walk to Free­dom

AS a com­mu­nity na­tional school, Scoil Aonghusa pro­vides a wel­come to each child in the com­mu­nity and cre­ates learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in a set­ting of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion. The school caters for the phys­i­cal, aca­demic, so­cial, emo­tional and spir­i­tual needs of chil­dren within the school day in a sup­port­ive and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Over the past six weeks the pupils have been learn­ing about hu­man rights, gain­ing the knowl­edge they need to de­velop un­der­stand­ing, re­spect and tol­er­ance for oth­ers. The pupils re­searched and learned about ev­ery­thing from the UN Dec­la­ra­tion on Hu­man Rights and The Eu­ro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights to the nine Grounds of Dis­crim­i­na­tion laid out by the Ir­ish Hu­man Rights and Equal­ity Com­mis­sion. The knowl­edge the pupils gained will en­cour­age them to ac­cept one an­other and em­brace dif­fer­ence, to tackle prej­u­dice and to de­velop good re­la­tion­ships at school, home and in the world around them.

Each class took part and they did art­work to rep­re­sent their views on the world and how they would like to be treated, which was dis­played in the foyer of the new school.

When told about the project, Fu­ture Search Fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Tara Haugh­ian of Sec­ond Na­ture in Co. Down said:

“I was de­lighted to hear about this school project.

“As hu­mans we break down in smaller and smaller groups based on be­liefs and ex­pe­ri­ences but in the right cir­cum­stances we can in­te­grate with oth­ers based on other things we dis­cover we share in com­mon or we can live with.

“Do­ing projects like this, al­low­ing chil­dren to find out what they share in com­mon, learn­ing songs, phrases of lan­guage and de­sign­ing and mak­ing art­work are ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties that en­gage the brain and al­low chil­dren to nat­u­rally and eas­ily ab­sorb new ideas.”

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