MY CULTURE- Explore the cultural differences that exist between people whose families are from Ireland and people whose families have recently moved to Ireland.  Discuss the benefits different cultures bring to communities.  This workshop could be taught to coincide with World Culture Day on the 21st May. 


0:57 mins


Prior Learning
Knowledge and understanding of:
  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child
Identity - the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
Culture - the learned ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.
Multicultural refers to a society that contains several cultural or ethnic groups. People live alongside one another, but each cultural group does not necessarily have engaging interactions with each other. 
Intercultural describes communities in which there is a deep understanding and respect for all cultures. People accept the cultural differences with respect and live equally.


  • Student Learner Journal 




  1. Explore the concept of cultural identity and identifying with more than one culture

  2. Acquire a reinforced awareness of the value of diversity

  3. Recognise and appreciate the differences and similarities between their own culture and that of other cultures


1st Year Junior Cycle English / Junior Cycle


Key skill:  Working with Others


Key skill element: Respecting Difference


Main Learning Outcomes addressed in these lessons: OL 4, OL 10 (from the Junior Cycle English specification)


Stage 2



Watch Natasha's video starting at 0.57. Ask young people to describe what she loves about her memories of Zimbabwe and the pride she feels about being Zimbabwean. When Natasha left,  she has good memories of family and fun. They love their dual cultures and both cultures make up who they are. This is the same for all five of the young people in the #Uprooted videos. Their identities are made up of influences from different cultures. It's important that the reasons they left their countries, ie, war, poverty, oppression are not mixed up with their culture and their pride in their homeland.  

Discussion Points (10 mins) 

What did Emtithal Mahmoud want people to listen to and hear through her video? 

Is there a misconception among people that countries of origin like Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Burma, Syria are places people want to leave behind and forget?

What is unique and important to you about your homeland and your culture?

What makes you proud of your homeland and your culture?

Is anyone in the class a part of  more than one culture?

What does a mix of culture bring to Ireland?


In support of the campaign, share on social media something positive about a culture you have learned about today or simply share a quote from Emtithal Mahmoud with #Uprooted


Share with the children the poster on Convention of the Rights of the Child. Ask them to determine which rights are significant to the topic they have been discussing. 

Article 4 (Protection of rights) The government has a responsibility to make sure your rights are protected. They must help your family protect your rights and create an environment where you can grow learn and reach your potential. 


Article 8 (Preservation of identity): You have the right to an identity – an official record of who you are. Governments should respect your right to a name, a nationality and family ties.

Article 14 (Religion): You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you. 

Article 22 (Refugee children): You have the right to special protection and help if you are refugees (if you have been forced to leave your home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in the Convention.

Article 29 (Goals of education): Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities to the fullest. It should also help you to respect others, human rights and you own and other cultures. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people. 

Article 30 (Children of minorities/indigenous groups): Minority or indigenous children have the right to learn about and practice their own culture, language and religion. The right to practice one’s own culture, language and religion applies to everyone; the Convention here highlights this right in instances where the practices are not shared by the majority of people in the country.


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