LIMERICK College of Further Education celebrated the multiculturalism of the Mulgrave Street institution this week, as people with over 50 different nationalities are currently full-time programmes in the college.
As a result of the third annual intercultural day a cheque for €700 was handed over to Pieta House, which aims to raise awareness around suicide and self-harm prevention.
“By holding an intercultural day, learners at the college get to actively meet other cultures, mix, taste exotic foods, hear different languages and, most importantly, have lots of fun,” said organiser Marion Bridgeman.
There was significant representation on the day from Poland, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Estonia, Italy, Rwanda, Vietnam, Spain, France, China and the Congo.
Around 800 people, including learners and staff in the college, got the opportunity to have a look at the displays, taste ethnic food and talk to the international learners about their home countries. An array of food, dance, music, information and national costumes were part of this educational, and cultural day. A number of live performances included beat-boxers, fire-blowers, stilt-walkers, pipers, break-dancers, ukuleles and a visit from members of the Music Incubation Project at Learning Hub.