IILT Galway

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World Refugee Day Celebrations 2007

Organised by the Integrate Ireland Language and Training, Refugee Information Service and Galway Refugee Support Group, the object of World Refugee Day in Galway was to celebrate the contribution of refugees in Ireland.

Donna Nedrick, Principal Teacher IILT Galway and Micheal D. Higgins T.D.The event was introduced by Donna Nedrick from Integrate Ireland Language and Training in Galway who welcomed those present to the event, and invited Mr. Michael D. Higgins TD to address the gathered audience. The students of Integrate Ireland Language and Training in Galway recited their own poetry and writings for those present. The contributors were Dmitri Kuvaldin, Dinis Andre, Lilian Ikpea and Sarah Rahimi. This was followed by a moving and inspirational speech by Ayawo Thierry Schuman, who is a refugee from Togo now living in Galway, who spoke about his experiences and achievements in Ireland.

All those gathered enjoyed wonderful world cuisine prepared by the students of Integrate Ireland Language and Training. The food represented the respective countries of origin of the students. An exhibition of traditional African dance closed the event.

Throughout the afternoon people were invited to view a photographic exhibition titled ‘Asyland’, which was created by Howard Davies and commissioned by the Irish Refugee Council. The exhibition portrays the lives of asylum-seekers and refugees in Ireland. There was also an Audio Project depicting the experiences of asylum-seekers living in Ireland today. The Audio Project was created by Vukasin Nedeljkovic who is currently in the asylum determination process. 

The organisers would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who attended and contributed to the event, special thanks to the staff of the Westside Library for providing their excellent facilities.

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Selected Articles from IILT Galway Newsletter


By Yassine Boussoufa

Today Galway city is known far and wide for its youthful vigour, thriving nightlife and cultural magnetism.
Founded as Queen's College, Galway, the university was created by the Queen's College Act of 1845, which called for universities to be established at Belfast, Cork and Galway.

Students of engineering will appreciate Galway's other premier institute of higher learning The Galway Mayo Institute of technology opened for students in 1972, and offers faculties in Business and Humanities, Engineering, Hotel Management, Nursing and Science. Degrees are conferred in technical subjects such as Software Development, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science, and Psychiatric Nursing. This modern centre for learning now supports over 4,000 full time students and a large number of part timers.


Drink Driving

Car crashes are the number one killers of young men (16-25) in Ireland and driving at excess speeds is the primary cause of those crashes.
Drink Driving
In Ireland the drink driving problem has not diminished. An average of 250 drivers is arrested each week for driving while under the influence of intoxicants in the Republic of Ireland.

Alcohol Levels

It is the alcohol in a drink that affects human performance. A unit of alcohol is approximately equivalent to a half–pint of beer or a small measure of spirits or a glass of wine. All of the following drinks contain the same amount of alcohol:
A 12 ounce glass of 5% beer
A 5 ounce glass of 12% wine
A 1½ ounce shot of 80% proof liqueur
How Alcohol Works

Alcohol goes directly from the stomach into the blood stream. A drinker can control the amount of alcohol that he or she takes in by having fewer drinks or none. However, the drinker cannot control how fast the body gets rid of the alcohol.
D. A. & A. A

Care Assistant Course In Galway Technical Institute

The course is designed to learn the knowledge and practical skills for a career as a support worker in health care.

Entry requirements: you go to the interview.

Course structure content, all FETAC certified courses are divided into separate segments, called modules.

Modules: care skills, care support, care of the older person, occupational first aid, computer applications, information technology skills, communication, work experience.

Personal qualities and skills: you must have a caring nature and understanding, patience, compassion, tact and a sense of humour are important qualities.

Progression to higher education: the option of studying the Introduction to Nursing module in conjunction with this course allows students to pursue further studies through the Links Scheme.

Assessment: skills demonstration, leaner record, written examination, portfolio of coursework, structured report and collection of documents.


FETAC Awards- NCVA Certificates and Records of Achievement

A full Certificate for this course will be awarded to candidates who achieve the required standard in all of the above mandatory (compulsory) modules and in some or all of the remaining modules to total at least 8. A Record of Achievement will be awarded to candidates who achieve the required standard in one or more modules. All modules have a weighting of 1 except where otherwise indicated.

Certification: FETAC level 2 Award in Healthcare support (DHSXX)
Fees: Tuition is free.

Maintenance grant available for eligible applicants. Consult your local VEC.

Duration: The course starts in September and finishes in May.
Co-ordinator: Anna Cronin RGN M.
A. M.

What is Physics?

Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. It is usually expressed in the language of mathematics, which can be used to predict other phenomena.

What Skills do I need to study Physics?

As with any field of study it is helpful to begin learning the basics early. Physics is a discipline and it’s a matter of training your mind to be prepared for the challenges. It is essential that a physics student be proficient in mathematics. You don’t have to know everything but you do have to be comfortable with mathematics.

Reality Check

At some point in studying physics, you will need to take a serious reality check; you are probably not going to win a Nobel Prize.

Technical Knowledge

Physicists use technological tools, especially computers, to perform their measurements and analysis of scientific data. As such, you need to be comfortable with computers.

Good Study Habits

Even the most brilliant physicist has to study, so s/he should develop good study habits; pay attention in class and take notes; review the notes while reading the book, and add more notes. Even if these notes are not being graded, these habits are worthwhile.

How Physics works

As an experimental science, Physics utilizes the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses that are based on observation of the natural world. The goal of Physics is to use the results of these experiments to prove scientific theory.

The Role of Physics in Science

In a broader sense, Physics can be seen as the most fundamental of the natural sciences. Chemistry, for example, can be viewed as a complex application of physics; it focuses on the interaction of energy and matter in chemical systems. We also know that biology is at heart an application of chemical properties in living things. This means that it is also an application of physics.

B. A.

What do you know about Somaliland?

A Land of Camels, Milk and Honey

British Somaliland Protectorate, an area of about 137,600 square kilometres (53,128sq mi) which was briefly an independent country for five days in 1960. It is bordered by Ethiopia in the south and Djibouti in the west. When Somaliland broke away from Somalia, the tourism industry began to re-build itself. Somaliland is home to some of the most interesting attractions in the Horn of Africa

Walk down the streets of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, and instead of gunmen you come across the thriving jewellery and financial market: scores of vendors, most of them women, are hawking millions of dollars worth of gold, precious stones and foreign currency out in the open air. Continue down the street, and you see that Hargeisa has police cars, DHL service, cable television, orthodontists, a multitude of Internet cafes and traffic jams (including horses and camels). There are public schools and hospitals — even a public library.

F. J.

Access Course Open Day in NUIG

There were many people of different ages from 22 to 75. It was interesting to see older people because it gives you confidence to do this course. We went to a lecture hall and Ms. Rita O’Donohue started by giving us information about the access course. The students asked about their cases. After that we met students who had finished the course and had gone to the university. We asked them about their experience and advice in different subjects. At the end of the day they give us an application form and books. It was a beautiful day and we got a lot of information.

The Access Course is a one-year part-time evening course that aims to provide mature students with the opportunity to prepare, personally and academically, for an undergraduate course of full-time study.

The Access Course for Mature Students is intended for adults whose background education was limited by socio-economic circumstances and/or educational disadvantage, but who have a deep desire to continue their education at third level.

Core subjects include Study Skills, Applied Writing, Information Technology, and Educational Guidance.

Applicants must be 22 years of age or over on 1st January of year of application.

Participants who successfully complete the Access Course will receive a Certificate of Completion from NUI, Galway, and will be eligible to apply for direct entry (via the CAO) to full-time University degree courses.

Further Enquiries to:

Ms. Rita O’Donoghue. Co-ordinator,

Access Programme for Mature Students,
Room 105, T Block.

NUI Galway,
Tel: 091 492971  

E-mail: rita.odonoghue@nuigalway.ie

A. M.

Open Day at GTI

On the 28th of March in Galway Technical Institute it was Open Day. I think it is very interesting for me and I decided to go. When I came into the hall there were three women sitting there. They were very helpful and supportive to people who didn’t know what they needed to do to apply for courses.

Also, people could go and ask teachers any questions about courses. I went to the class and met with the teacher. I asked some questions which were interesting for me and I got answers. Now I have applied for two courses. In August I will have an interview in GTI. Courses run from September to May.

The GTI brochure says:

"Our learning-centred teaching style is designed to enable young adults learn effectively. Practice is mixed with theory in our project-based, learn-by-doing approach that develops your personal learning style and skills. You will be well prepared for further learning challenges in college or the workplace. We make widespread use of Internet resources and other advanced learning technologies to enhance your learning experience.

We provide learning supports that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of each individual. In additional, a dedicated class teacher will support your learning and will ensure that you have access to the specialist staff and other resources needed to achieve your learning goals.

All our courses are certified by FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council) unless indicated otherwise. FETAC Awards provide direct progression routes to third-level programmes leading to internationally recognised degrees and other higher Qualifications."


For your further Education

There is no better place to be,

Than GTI on Griffen Street.

In Galway's fair City.


GTI will make your future.

Where you walk tall and strong,

Be part of the New Ireland

Where each one gets along.

                                (John Gilligan, 2007)
J. M.

The ‘Guardians’Pat and John.

On the 30th of March we had two interesting visitors. They were the ‘Guardians’, Community officers Pat Burke and John White. They spent about an hour with us listening to our questions and answering them. It was a good time and very useful. Every student asked a question. They told us of our rights: How you can protect your home. How you should be very careful walking at night alone. Many students were interested in asking about car accidents. The guards explained to us what we should to do first.

Pat Burke and John White told us interesting stories from their experiences. We got phone numbers for the Garda Office in the City Centre –538000, for Salthill Garda Station –538079 and for the Oranmore area –794122.

They also told us if you want to be a Garda Siochana, the candidates, to join the Service, must be between 18 and 35 years of age. They must be in good mental and bodily health and be of good character. Certain minimum standards of education are specified. All of the Community Gardai are specially trained. The fundamental functions of the Gardai are the protection of life and property, the maintenance of public order and the prevention and detection of crime. The former Commissioner of the Gardai, Pat Burke, stated that ‘Discrimination based on race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religions belief or membership of the Traveller Community is unlawful and unacceptable’.
Now we’d like to thank you, Garda Pat and Garda John, for giving of your precious time. This memory will live on.
Olga Ivanova

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