He also caused quite a stir after lunch when, armed with GAA jerseys and footballs, he invited the pupils to participate in an impromptu Gaelic football training session, which the children enjoyed immensely.
Speaking about his experience, Michael Darragh (31) said: “It’s been amazing to interact with the children who live in the slums and to learn about their school and home life. These kids live in extremely poor conditions and you can see how much they value their education and want to learn as much as possible. Education is a privilege, which they appreciate dearly and the work Concern is doing to support these children is amazing. They provide them with school kits, uniforms and a hot meal, which for some is the only meal they will have all day, so I feel very humbled to have seen this incredible work in action.”
The Ballyboden St Enda’s native visited an informal education centre in Mukuru slum and observed one of Concern’s ‘Community Conversations’ meetings taking place, which empowers the local people to make collective decisions on everyday social issues such as keeping children in school or accessing quality basic health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene services.