Anne Walsh, Aiste Slajute, Elena Furisova and Emmanuel Samuel during the launch of Eurobug PICTURE: PAT MOORE
Young people from different cultures and backgrounds have joined together to form Kilkenny Eurobug Youths, which was officially launched last Friday.
The youth group’s main motive now is to tackle discrimination and racism within their locality. This issue is tackled through creative ways, which include flash mobs, spoken word poetry and theatre. The group was formerly called the Kilkenny Intercultural Group.
Jennifer Samuel (17) told The Kilkenny People that she has been involved in the group since it started in 2014.
“I like being involved because there are a lot of different backgrounds and cultures and we celebrate diversity and integration.
“There are lots of people from different cultures, including Lativa, The Philipines, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, South Sudan and the Czech Republic,” said the teenager who came to Kilkenny as a refugee from South Sudan in 2008.
Eurobug is a non-government organisation which stands for social inclusion of young people and minority groups by providing international quality trainings for youth and community workers, volunteers, youth activists, trainers and teachers.
Anne Walsh of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and the co-ordinator of the anti-racism movement, No Hate spoke at the event and emphasised the need to promote dialogue and encourage collaboration. She also explained that the NCYI seek to promote and encourage an intercultural and anti-racist approach as a sustainable feature of youth work in Ireland.
“We aim to promte equality of opportunity, interactions, understanding, respect and integration between different cultures, ethnic and religious groups as we can difference as something positive that can enrich society,” she added.