The County Council chambers in Tallaght were full of kids of all ages this afternoon as Councillor Cathal King awarded the winners of the European Week against Racism School art competition. Last month the Council’s Social Inclusion Unit launched a competition to combat racism and celebrate cultural diversity of people living in Ireland today to mark March 21st as International Day for the Elimination of all forms of Racism.
The idea behind this competition was to ask children, young people and adults living in South Dublin County to convey their own personal message against racism. Councillor Cathal King met many of the winners, although unfortunately some were unable to attend due to communions or exams.
One of the main objectives of the Council is to facilitate initiatives to promote integration in the county. A willingness to learn about different cultures and to communicate with others is the key to a successful, fair and open society.
The winning slogan was designed by Julia McCall, St. Mac Dara’s Community College, Wellington Lane, Templeogue, Dublin 6W. A prize was presented to her by Mayor Sarah Holland on Tuesday March 15th in the school. The winning slogan has been circulated in sticker format to all primary schools, secondary schools and youth clubs in the county as part of the awareness campaign on eliminating racism.