It is amazing the transformation that has taken place in Ireland over the last 30 years, where we transformed from a mono-cultural society to a multi-cultural society in such a short historical timespan.
Some of the first institutions to feel the change, and who have risen to the challenges involved in this transition, were the schools. Faith-based schools have had to accommodate children from such diverse backgrounds and cultures and religions, with children presenting from as many as 120 different countries.
The teaching profession has, in the main, learned fast to teach classes with a huge diversity of cultures and religious beliefs. Some schools in Dublin have excelled, by rising to the challenges that are presented as more and more children from more and more different backgrounds present at the schools seeking an education.
Drimnagh Castle is one such school. All who saw the brilliant International Day Celebration organized in the school for the celebration of diversity, including myself and the invited guest Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture and Drugs Strategy, were duly impressed.
I hope the pictures give you the feel for the happy, participative interaction between teachers and students, so that the event would leave a lasting memory of how nice it was to see happy teachers making children happy to be equal and diverse at the same time.