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Limerick Primary Schools Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19

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A migrant integration initiative of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has been awarded €45,000 from the Government of Ireland to assist Limerick primary schools respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The funding, which was granted through Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together Fund, will be utilised by the EDNIP Project (Embracing Diversity, Nurturing Integration, Learning for Life Project) at MIC to increase digital access for children in five primary schools in Limerick city, namely St John’s Girls’ and Infant Boys’ Primary School, St Michael’s Infant School, Scoil Iosagáin CBS Primary School, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and Presentation Primary School.

Funding will be used to support access to digital learning within the home through the purchase of wi-fi enabled tablets for over 100 families across the five schools. EDNIP will also provide digital skills supports and programmes for parents and children to increase their capacity to access digital learning at home.

Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC expressed his delight at this funding allocation saying, “This timely funding will provide EDNIP schools with much-needed resources to support families and school staff to address many of the additional challenges that COVID-19 has created. The EDNIP project encapsulates MIC’s commitment to creating a diverse, welcoming and inclusive college for all and to progressing its goals of promoting integration and celebrating the rich diversity in our society.”

The funding will also be used by EDNIP for the roll out of online activities, which will increase access and provide sustainable responses to COVID 19 restrictions. Some of these online initiatives will include EAL (English as an Additional Language) sessions for parents of migrant children, as well as the development of an online forum for parents. There will also be a focus on increasing parents’ capacity to support children’s learning within the home and assisting them in engaging with the schools’ educational digital platforms.

Since 2017, EDNIP has worked closely with these five primary schools to support migrant children and their families to integrate into school and community life. The project celebrates the cultural diversity within these schools by working with the whole school community to provide innovative and sustainable responses to integration.

According to Tracie Tobin, principal of St. Michael’s Infant School, “The funding from EDNIP embraces the cultural diversity in St. Michael’s in such a way that enables our families to connect more than ever before. The children are at the heart of every decision made and the benefits to them has ensured a very positive social, emotional and educational outcome for all of our children.”

EDNIP Project Leader, Áine Lyne, said, “Schools are one of the first public institutions with which many newly arrived families have contact with and are thus key public spaces in which integration can be fostered. EDNIP acknowledges the rapidly changing cultural diversity in schools and communities in Limerick city and the important and strategic role schools can play in responding positively and proactively to same. These EDNIP schools are committed to promoting and celebrating the cultural diversity in their schools and this additional funding will support them to continue to do so during this challenging time.”

Over the past three years, EDNIP has provided in excess of 12,000 integration opportunities for school staff, parents and children through a range of in school, after school and school holiday time supports.

EDNIP is an initiative of the Transforming Education through Dialogue (TED) Project located in the Curriculum Development Unit at MIC. The project is run in partnership with the above primary schools along with Tusla Education and Child Welfare Services, Limerick City and County Council, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and Limerick Education Centre.

Rethink Ireland has allocated €3 million in awards to 51 COVID-19 Community Response Projects through their Innovate Together Fund.

Pictured above from L-R: Tracie Tobin, Principal of St. Michael's Infant School; Mary Dunne, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board; Marie Meskell, Principal of Presentation Primary School; and Áine Lyne, EDNIP Project Leader. (Absent from picture: Kieran Sweeney, Director of the Limerick Education Centre)

Support Schools with Very High Risk Learners

Support Schools with Very High Risk Learner

The Education Support Centres of Ireland (ESCI) are running two webinar to support both Primary & Post-Primary schools support learners at very high risk to Covid-19.

Please find below a link to both webinars’ –

Primary Webinar – Tuesday October 6 at 4.00 pm


Post-Primary Webinar – Thursday October 8 at 4.30 pm


Supporting Primary School Learners at Very High Risk to Covid 19 2            Supporting Post Primary School Learners at Very High Risk to Covid 19 1


PDST - Child Protection E-Learning Presentation Series

Child Protection E-Learning

This is now available at 

There is no registration process. Participants simply click on each presentation at a time that suits them and can revisit the presentations as often as required.

This new suite of e-learning resources closely follows the structure and content of the Child Protection Seminars which are attended by newly appointed DLPs and DDLPs each year.

Archaeological Outdoor Workshop - Big Dig

We received the following email in from The School of Irish Archaeology which you might be intertested in - 

For the attention of History Teachers,

Hoping this finds you well. We are the School of Irish Archaeology - Ireland's only archaeology school for children and young adults. Using our mobile archaeological workshop, 'The Big Dig', we aim to teach students about Ireland's past in an educational, hands-on, and engaging learning environment.  We have already booked in many Secondary Schools as this outdoor element is proving very popular.

As there is much uncertainty around Covid-19 and how we handle it in the classroom , we at the School of Irish Archaeology can offer our Archaeological Workshop as an ideal opportunity for students to commence and complete their Junior Cycle History curriculum within the new normal. Our workshop, the Big Dig offers schools a safe educational environment while also adhering to the government’s public health guidelines for COVID-19. There has been no better time to avail of the outdoors with our active learning experience we are offering schools during these uncertain times. Now for the first time, clients will have an opportunity for a mobile excavation and museum to come to their schools.

Our workshop is outdoors but weather will not be a problem as we provide a fully enclosed canopy area with our gazebos. We can cater for pods of 8-12 students in any one workshop. During the workshop, our priority will be to ensure that students can always maintain social distancing while providing them with a fun and educational experience.

Our Big Dig workshop also supports the structure of the new Junior Cycle History syllabus (eg: Section 1 – How we find out about the past), and is hugely beneficial to students during their study of topics such as ‘Our roots in ancient civilisation’ – in which archaeology is used to study life and death in ancient civilisations. To find out more on our educational programme you can visit our website by Clicking Here.

Please see our attached programme and video link and if you have any further questions or would like to book ‘The Big Dig’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either by email ( or directly on 087 782 7529.


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