Resource Title

About Me About Us: Celebrating Diversity in Co. Monaghan Schools


Online interactive resource focused on encouraging students to exploring identity and diversity in the context of self, others and their community

Resource Details

  • Author: Liz Duffy, Carole Gilliland, Kate Martin, Mary McCabe, Paula McGonnell, Pauline McMahon, Gráinne Murtagh, Fiona O'Harte, Catherine Smyth and Emer FitzPatrick
  • Publisher: Monaghan Education Centre
  • Country of Publication: Ireland
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 132


“It is child centred, interactive and visually appealing while also being teacher friendly and very simple to use. This teaching resource is a significant educational development. In our increasingly diverse Monaghan society, it will assist the holistic development of the children in our care. Significantly, it will focus on the issues of racism, sectarianism and bullying. It will provide the children with a basic knowledge of countries such as Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Nigeria, and the Philippines.

More importantly, it will develop the children’s understanding and appreciation of where their friends and classmates have lived before coming to Ireland. They will learn that diversity is an issue for everyone, not just our friends from other countries. Our children will grow to recognise the normality of diversity in theireveryday lives and in turn, they will celebrate, respect and learn from the many different backgrounds, customs and traditions that they share with their friends on a daily basis.”

The resource book and accompanying fully interactive website were designed by primary school teachers from Monaghan schools for their colleagues in Monaghan and further afield. As part of the Embedding Tolerance in our Young People project, the teachers identified a need for resources aimed specifically at acknowledging and promoting understanding of the diverse communities within our county.

Sample screenshot of accompanying website:

The resource is divided into 6 units exploring Who am I? Understanding Myself and Others, Exploring Our Community, The World in Our Classroom, Religious Diversity and Embracing Our Differences and Working Together

Detailed contents:

  • Unit 1: Who am I?
    • My Identity Tree
    • My Name
    • My Identity Crest
  • Unit 2: Understanding myself and others
    • Prejudice and Stereotypes
    • Symbols
    • First Impressions
    • Challenging Myths and Understanding Stereotypes
  • Unit 3: Exploring our community
    • Communities in our Classroom
    • We all live in County Monaghan
    • Perspective
    • Me, You and Everybody
    • Stories from Home
  • Unit 4: The world in our classroom
    • Learning about Lithuania
    • Learning about Latvia
    • Learning about Poland
    • Learning about the Philippines
    • Learning about Nigeria
    • Learning about other countries
  • Unit 5: Understanding religious diversity
    • Christianity
    • Learning about life as a Catholic
    • Learning about life as a Protestant; Presbyterian Church,
    • Church of Ireland, Methodist Church
    • Learning about life as an Orthodox Christian
    • Islam
    • Learning about life as a Muslim
    • Hinduism
    • Learning about life as a Hindu
    • Judaism
    • Learning about life as a Jew
    • Activities on World Religions
  • Unit 6: Embracing our differences and working together
    • This is where we all belong
    • Diverse dilemmas
    • Making our classroom a welcoming place
    • Who are we?

Available from:

Download About Me About Us PDF (32MB)

  • Email Monaghan Education Centre to request a copy and accompanying CD materials