Travellers in Education Celebration Event

‌Wednesday 26th February 2020 - Áras na Mac Léinn

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Travellers in Education Internal Promotion

Creating Places of Sanctuary And Promoting Pathways into Higher Education


What is a NUI Galway School of Sanctuary?

The Schools of Sanctuary programme aims to empower students to cultivate their sense of belonging within education while enhancing their knowledge of pathways into Higher Education.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment that benefits everybody, including anyone in its community who is seeking sanctuary. It is a school that helps it students, staff, parents and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary, extend a welcome to everyone regardless of their status while promoting pathways into Higher Education.

Schools play a crucial role in helping young people to make sense of the world, to become responsible citizens, to progress in education and to create positive change in their communities. 

By pledging to become a School of Sanctuary, the school will be part of a grassroots network and growing movement across the UK and Ireland. The Schools of Sanctuary programme is a collaboration between NUI Galway Access Centre, the Places of Sanctuary Ireland and NUI Galway Access linked schools.

The Schools of Sanctuary programme aims to:

  • Create a culture of welcome for everyone, especially refugees, asylum seekers, Irish Travellers and other sanctuary seekers in addition to promoting pathways into Higher Education.
  • Promote the voices and celebrate the contributions to our society of people who have either sought or are seeking sanctuary.

Participating Schools for the Academic Year 2019/20

Primary Schools

  • Scoil Chroí Íosa National School, Galway
  • Scoil Bhríde National School, Galway

Post Primary Schools

  • Our Lady’s College, Galway
  • St. Mary's College, Galway

Schools should contact the Schools of Sanctuary Coordinator 


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