Stories of Refuge, Stories of Welcome

The project is partially funded by World-Wise Global Schools and is now in its fifth year.

We have confirmed participating schools for this year’s project. If you are interested in participating in next year’s project, please email [email protected]

To book workshops directly with previous project facilitators, find further information including contact details and fees below.

The project has two core aims:

1. Empowerment of students and teachers to take concrete actions regarding refugee and migrant rights in Ireland; and
2. Increasing the agency of people seeking asylum and/or refugees by training them to become effective facilitators and contributors to Global Citizenship/Human Rights Education and youth activism.

The above results are achieved through a series of three workshops across Ireland:

  • Workshop One: Stories of Home
  • Workshop Two: Stories of Borders
  • Workshop Three: Stories of Welcome

Read our short case study of the ‘Stories of Refuge, Stories of Welcome’ Education and action project with Santa Sabina Dominican College, Dublin.

Project facilitators

Rosemary Kunene

Rosemary KuneneRosemary Kunene is a community activist and a social entrepreneur. She is involved in various social integration initiatives for refugees and migrants in Co. Laois, with over 7 years’ experience of organising and facilitating workshops on personal development, entrepreneurship, and integration for migrants. She is the founder of Dignity Partnership, a work integration social enterprise delivering personal development programmes that foster integration for people from a refugee and asylum-seeking background. She holds a B. A degree in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development and a Masters in Cooperatives and Social Enterprise from University College of Cork.

With her lived experience in the Direct Provision system she offers workshops and talks in schools on various topics such as; life in Direct Provision; refugees and asylum seekers integration and their rights; ‘culture shock’ between the Irish society and the new communities; refugees’ journey (stories of home and stories of welcome) etc. These workshops can be conducted online or face to face.

Please Contact for more details: [email protected] or Call: 089 254 6155

Rispa Muthoni Mwangi

I am an experienced facilitator and have worked for Amnesty International as a Global Citizenship Educator for the past three years. I take pride in sharing my personal story to school workshops and interacting with the students. The workshops entail stories of refuge. My purpose and passion lies in offering meaningful interactions with teenagers. I am based in Mayo Currently pursuing a BA in Addiction Studies and Community development.


Email: [email protected]
Contact: 0894521964
Charges: 100euros for 1hr 30mins


Diana Lakelo Siwela

Diana Lakelo SiwelaI am a dedicated and driven lady with over 10 years’ experience in professional working environments in management, teaching and facilitator roles. I am an advocate for human rights and as a refugee myself I strive to ensure that our voices are heard and our stories shared to spread awareness. I work for Amnesty International as a Global Citizen Educator. I am facilitating workshops to students at schools on stories of refugees. I have also facilitated workshops on anti-racism at University College Cork and Wexford and Waterford Education and Training Board. I am based in Millstreet Cork. Available to do online and face to face workshops.

Email: [email protected]
Contact: 083 073 9751
Charges: 100 – 150 euros per session

Diploma in Secondary Education
BA Health Sciences and Social Services
Studying towards Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at work