Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 9 Inclusion - Page 50

KWETB Orientation and Language Programme for Refugees

KWETB is responding to the arrival of migrants in Ireland by providing educational services in the Hazel Hotel Emergency Resettlement and Orientation Centre (EROC) in Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin.

While Ireland hasn’t experienced a massive influx of migrants ,in her press release of 10th September 2015 Minister of Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald announced that Ireland will accept up to 4000 persons overall under EU Resettlement and Relocation Programmes.

Under the current relocation programme in Ireland, assessments and decisions about refugee status are made in the Emergency Resettlement and Orientation Centres (EROCs), where refugees typically spend eight weeks before moving to independent accommodation.

KWETB’s Programme of Education

KWETB provides a programme of education to refugees at the Hazel Hotel EROC, in partnership with other members of an Interagency Steering Group.

Many of the refugees have little or no written or spoken English, and are traumatized victims of violence who have been living in camps in the Lebanon or in dependent situations for a number of years, Many of the children have never attended school, or have been out of school for up to 5 years.

KWETB is instrumental in providing preschool, primary, secondary and adult education services to the residents at the Hazel Hotel during their resettlement and orientation phase.

Preschool Provision

Preschool children attend a local crèche through ECCE and CETS, to allow adults attend the Orientation and Language programme.

Primary School Provision

Primary school children attend a transitional programme for four days per week, based on the English as an Additional Language in Primary School (EAL) DES programme, in two purpose-built classrooms within the Hotel. Support was provided by CNS Principals. The intention of this programme is to:

1.Replicate the Irish school day for the children and their families

2.Introduce the children to the primary school environment

3.Orient children to living in Ireland

4.Begin English language learning and other academic education

5.Foster a sense of happiness and security in the school environment