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VENEZUELAN KIDS IN IRELAND (VKI)

The Venezuela Kids Ireland (VKI) project joins forces with the existing "Venezuela Root Dance" and "Integration Programme +50" initiatives. Together, these programs aim to achieve the strategic goal of integrating Venezuelans into Irish society.

By including children in these efforts, the Venezuelan Community in Ireland (VCI) will broaden its reach and foster a stronger sense of Venezuelan identity within the wider community. This will not only strengthen the bonds between Venezuelans in Ireland but also solidify the positive image of Venezuelans within Irish society.

Objective:

To provide a comprehensive cultural integration program for Venezuelan migrant children aged 2 to 16 years old, fostering a sense of community while promoting both Venezuelan and Irish cultural values, customs, heritage, and traditions.

 

Program Components:

 

1. Cultural Workshops:

   - Venezuelan Heritage Workshops: Exploring Venezuelan customs, traditions, folklore, music, dance (e.g., salsa, merengue), and cuisine.

   - Irish Heritage Workshops: Embracing Irish culture through traditional music, dance (e.g., Irish step dancing), Gaelic language, and culinary experiences.

 

2. Language Exchange:

   - Spanish Language Sessions: Opportunities for children to learn and practise Spanish, emphasising Venezuelan dialects and expressions.

   - English Language Sessions: English language classes tailored to different age groups, focusing on language skills essential for life in Ireland.

 

3. Community Events:

   - Venezuelan Festivals: Organising cultural festivals celebrating Venezuelan holidays, such as Independence Day and Carnaval, featuring traditional Venezuelan music, dance, and food.

   - Irish Festivities: Participating in Irish festivals and events, like St. Patrick's Day parades and local cultural celebrations, showcasing Irish traditions and customs.

 

4. Arts and Crafts:

   - Venezuelan Art Sessions: Exploring Venezuelan art forms, including painting, pottery, and crafts inspired by indigenous cultures and contemporary Venezuelan artists.

   - Irish Craft Workshops: Engaging in traditional Irish crafts, such as knitting, weaving, and creating Celtic-inspired artwork.

 

5. Sports and Recreation:

   - Venezuelan Sports Clinics: Introducing children to popular Venezuelan sports like baseball and soccer, promoting teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship.

   - Irish Recreation Activities: Engaging in traditional Irish games, such as Gaelic football, hurling, and rugby, encouraging physical activity and social interaction.

 

6. Cultural Exchange:

   - Pen Pal Program: Facilitating cultural exchange between Venezuelan migrant children and Irish peers through letter writing and virtual communication.

   - Cultural Immersion Days: Organising outings to historical sites, museums, and landmarks representing both Venezuelan and Irish heritage, fostering cross-cultural understanding.

 

7. Culinary Experiences:

   - Cooking Classes: Teaching children how to prepare traditional Venezuelan dishes, like arepas, empanadas, and pabellón criollo, as well as exploring Irish cuisine.

   - Food Tastings: Hosting food tasting events where children can sample Venezuelan and Irish delicacies, encouraging appreciation for diverse culinary traditions.

 

Conclusion:

The "Venezuelan-Irish Cultural Fusion Program" aims to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where Venezuelan migrant children can celebrate their cultural identity while embracing the rich heritage of their new home in Ireland. Through a variety of engaging activities and experiences, the program seeks to promote intercultural exchange, foster friendships, and nurture a sense of belonging within the community.

Venezuelan's Kids Workshop

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Saturday, July 20th 2024

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