EDNIP was a research and intervention project led by the Transforming Education through Dialogue Project (TED), Curriculum Development Unit, and Mary Immaculate College (MIC) of Limerick, Ireland. EDNIP evolved through discussion with members of the PLUS and OSCAILT DEIS school networks, facilitated by TED and aimed at sharing the five participating schools’ experiences of supporting migrant families.
EDNIP developed an effective management scheme, communication strategies, and a multi-layered, holistic intervention model. EDNIP sought to promote integration through modelling effective inclusive transparent governance practices; listening to and learning from school staff, parents and children; promoting capacity building for school staff; nurturing parents and community engagement and skill development; offering a variety of in-school time, after-school and holiday opportunities; modelling effective interagency; and being informed by the literature on integration and best practice.
EDNIP was a partnership project between MIC, the five schools, the Department of Education, Tusla Educational Support Services, Limerick City and County Council, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Limerick Education Centre. EDNIP ran from 2017 to 2019. A reduced version ran in 2020/2021 and will continue to 2023. EDNIP was funded through the Asylum, Migration, Integration Fund (75%) and through TED and a Philanthropic Trust (25%).