Schools of Sanctuary Ireland is an initiative of Places of Sanctuary. Set up in 2016 and linked to a national UK movement, Places of Sanctuary is a network of communities across the country who come together to promote a culture of welcome to migrants and new communities seeking safety and sanctuary (communities, towns, cities, schools, higher education institutions and so on).
The project Schools of Sanctuary is focused on extending the reach of Places of Sanctuary to school settings, involving schools and promoting their becoming proactive in developing a culture of welcome, following Places of Sanctuary principles (Learn, Act, Share). Schools of Sanctuary are schools which are committed to promoting a culture of welcome and inclusion for people seeking international protection. It aims at embedding intercultural awareness and understanding within school curricula and activities, developing intercultural skills and promoting safe and positive cross-cultural learning environments.
The project is funded by Tony Ryan Trust, Social Inclusion Fund, Community Foundation, and AMI.