COMUNIDADE Sports and Intercultural Activities Programme
COMUNIDADE means Community in Portuguese.

The project aims to allow the children from the North Inner City to participate in classes they otherwise couldn’t and to engage and introduce new communities’ cultures. Intercultural activities and sports play a vital role in shaping the minds of young children in primary schools. These initiatives offer numerous benefits beyond the classroom by fostering an environment that celebrates diversity and encourages physical activity. These initiatives provide multiple benefits that extend far beyond the classroom. 

A unique collaboration between the Five Lamps Arts Festival and the NEIC, aimed at fostering a stronger sense of community and intercultural understanding in Dublin’s North Inner City. The project is an initiative from Marcela Parducci, Project manager at the Five Lamps Arts Festival and Michael Darragh Macauley, Community Sports & Wellness NEIC.

Promoting Inclusivity

Intercultural activities create a welcoming atmosphere, allowing students from different cultural backgrounds to come together and interact. By celebrating various traditions, languages, and customs, children learn to appreciate and respect diversity from a young age, promoting a culture of inclusivity that stays with them throughout their lives. 

Developing Empathy

Engaging in intercultural activities encourages children to step into the shoes of others, promoting empathy and understanding. As they learn about the experiences, challenges, and joys of their peers from different cultures, they become more compassionate individuals, ready to embrace differences and bridge gaps. 

COMUNIDADE Sports and Intercultural Activities Programme
Enhancing Communication Skills

Communication is a crucial life skill, and intercultural activities provide an excellent platform for children to practice and improve their language abilities. Whether through language exchange programs or multicultural projects, students gain confidence in communicating with others, irrespective of their backgrounds.

Fostering Teamwork 

Sports are a fantastic medium to teach children the value of teamwork. Playing together as a team, irrespective of cultural differences, helps them appreciate the strengths and contributions of each member. This collaborative spirit lays the foundation for better teamwork in the future, be it in academics or professional life. 

Improving Physical and Mental Health: 

Regular participation in sports keeps children physically active and boosts their mental wellbeing. Physical activity releases endorphins, reducing stress and anxiety, and promotes a healthy lifestyle, which they are more likely to maintain as they grow older. 

Encouraging Global Awareness: 

Intercultural activities allow students to explore the world within their classrooms. Through discussions, presentations, and cultural exchange, they gain insights into different societies, customs, and histories, nurturing a sense of global awessential in today’s interconnected world.

Cultivating Tolerance and Conflict Resolution: 

Students learn to navigate differences and resolve conflicts peacefully by engaging in intercultural activities and sports. These experiences teach them to appreciate diverse perspectives and seek common ground, preparing them to become more tolerant and constructive problem solvers in the future.