RIAINetwork - Anti-Racism and Unconscious Bias Training

Buddy Programmes

RIAINetwork will provide a Buddy Programme where young people will be paired up to promote friendship, support and empowerment. This programme will be beneficial for behavioural, emotional, and social support and will foster a greater sense of belonging within children and young African- Irish people and their families. In discovering different cultures, the main benefit of the system is that each participant each may be able to guide the other or provide knowledgethat they already possess. The buddy with less knowledge learns more quickly from close and frequent contact with the experienced buddy than when operating alone. The RIAINetwork Buddy Programme encourages open and effective dialogue among peers and tends to break down cultural and social barriers. It helps create a collaborative learning environment in which peers feel less hesitant to raise questions. This enables participants to develop social networks, cross-cultural experiences. It provides effective support for young people and their families who want to gain a deeper understanding of their roots in Africa, Ireland, and the diaspora. The RIAINetwork Buddy Programme is open to the whole Irish Society and will work towards having a more inclusive environment for all ethnicities living in Ireland. The Buddy Programme will also tackle social exclusion due to race and ethnicity which adversely affects young people from ethnic groups when they enter higher education and work environments.

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