Peace Wall Removal
Community Celebrates Peace Wall Removal
Residents at a North Belfast interface hold a celebration event to mark a new era after the removal of a 30 year old Peace Wall.
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Bringing students together from both traditions through the medium of sport
On Tuesday, 26th November, local residents and community representatives joined with children from St Columbans Primary School and Belleek Primary School in Co. Fermanagh to celebrate the achievements of participants in the Goal for Peace project. At the event, the pupils were presented with special medals and football kits in recognition of their participation in the project, which integrates children from schools and football clubs from both traditions through the medium of sport, primarily soccer.
The final lessons of an £18million programme developed by the International Fund for Ireland could be the key that unlocks shared education opportunities in all schools, a Belfast conference heard today.
Launched in 2008, the Sharing in Education Programme (SiEP) engaged more than 500 schools across 22 projects that promote sharing and reconciliation and which span all levels of formal education from early years through to teacher training and development. More than 65,500 children and young people took part in the 22 projects, three of which were also supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and the Sharing Education Programme are calling for people to have their say on how education can be advanced in Northern Ireland.
The NICIE Annual Seminar ‘Advancing Education’ takes place at 10am on Saturday 23rd November in the Canada Room at Queen’s University Belfast.
The Seminar will feature a range of participants representing all interests in education.
A cross-community relations project which helped build a better and shared future for communities living along the southern shores of Lough Neagh celebrated three successful years this evening [15th November 2013] with an international cultural and musical event at Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Lurgan Craigavon.
South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association organised the event in celebration of its successful Good Relations Project. The Project received £200,000 from the International Fund for Ireland through its Community Bridges Programme towards the £300,000 overall cost.
A unique community project hosted a special two-day event in Dublin today (19th November). Organised by the Northside Partnership in Dublin and Groundwork Northern Ireland as part of the Connect 4 Project, the event outlined how communities can work together around common needs with the objective of better using scarce resources and developing a better future.
The conference also focused on the intertwined themes of Regeneration, Community Activism, Community Safety, and Youth Engagement.
‘Shared Language, Landscape and Different Drums’ was the apt theme for a workshop today held in the Cleenish Centre, Bellanaleck to celebrate the successful conclusion of a four year initiative the West Cavan and West Fermanagh Social, Community and Enterprise Regeneration Project. Supported by the International Fund for Ireland, the project was led by Cavan County Enterprise Board in collaboration with Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd and Cavan County Enterprise Fund. The project set out to deliver on the ground cross community initiatives in these areas through the delivery of a range of strands such as Training, Mentoring, Networking, Information Seminars and Best Practice Visits.
Today ( 14th November 2013) 30 groups marked the conclusion of one of the biggest cross-community training programmes ever undertaken in Northern and the southern border counties.
The Community Leadership Programme (CLP) was coordinated by NICVA and offered a suite of learning opportunities and accredited training specially-designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of community groups. The programme was supported with more than £8million funding from the International Fund for Ireland since it was established in 1993.
A major cross-community project partnering both Unionist and Nationalist communities in Lurgan today unveiled a new booklet and artwork in the town’s Jethro Centre.
Participants in the Understanding Our Neighbours Project produced a Quilt Artwork and the ‘Our Journey’ booklet to communicate and capture the personal journeys and challenges participants have overcome together in building community relations.
The red carpet was rolled out today (25th October) for the premiere of a short film and unveiling of a special sculpture produced by the Rasharkin Community Youth Project.
The screening was part of a special event celebrating the achievements of the cross-community project which brought together the Rasharkin Community Association and Saturday Night at the Church Hall (SNATCH).
Developing Cross-Community and Cross-Border Relationships in Strabane/Lifford and its Hinterlands
Local residents and community representatives recently came together at the Alley Theatre in Strabane to celebrate the valuable work carried out by the Reconciliation through the Riverine project. The event provided a timely opportunity to showcase the achievements of participants of the Youth and Community elements of the project, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland through its ‘Leaving a Legacy’ programme.
Click here to download press release Community groups in Derry-Londonderry and Ballymena today celebrated the remarkable achievements of an unlikely cross-community reconciliation project.
Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the three-year ‘Forward Project’ saw the Leafair Community Association in Derry/Londonderry and the Ballymena-based Carson Project jointly address legacy issues of the past and conflict transformation initiatives.
Budding young actors and actresses from Cox’s Demesne After School Groups showed off their acting skills in a highly entertaining performance of ‘Finding Cinderella’ at An Tain Theatre, Dundalk last night (Wednesday, 23rd October 2013).
The play was the culmination of a six month project funded by the International Fund for Ireland, where 30 young people aged 6-13 years attended drama workshops designed to help increase understanding and tolerance and to promote self-confidence and self-expression.
The Minister of Education John O’Dowd MLA, today (22nd October 2013) made a statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly on advancing shared education and addressed the recommendations presented earlier this year in The Report of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education.
A special conference held at the Dunadry Hotel today (22nd October 2013) has heard that a planned and progressive move for deeper and broader good relations must be secured as a practical and lasting legacy in Northern Ireland.
The call for embedding and furthering good relations in schools was made by International Fund for Ireland Board Member Billy Gamble at the Community Relations In Schools hosted ‘Whole School Community Approaches to Shared Education’ conference.
Children as young as 14 in Londonderry/Derry are seeking help to resolve threats of violence, a community intervention project revealed today.
The Time2Choose Project was established in June by Rosemount Resource Centre in response to increasing calls for support from people facing intimidation and at risk of violent attack. It provides specialist mediation and intervention services to those under threat, their families and the wider community.
Two special projects which helped 38 schools in the Southern Education and Library Board area work closer together, were celebrated at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre today (Friday 18th October 2013).
Over the last three years, the Welcoming Schools and the Primary Curriculum Partnership projects engaged with more than 8,400 pupils, 1,000 school staff and 550 parents to promote equality of opportunity, good relations and respect for diversity and identity.
Celebration event caps major Donegal-based cross-community project
Music, dancing and storytelling were just part of the celebrations at the Balor Arts Centre tonight for a major Donegal-based cross-community relations project.
Supported by the International Fund for Ireland under its Integrating Communities Programme, the East Meets West Donegal Project worked to support peace building activities and foster cultural understanding between the West Donegal Gaeltacht and the East Donegal Ulster Scots.
Moving Forward through Reconciliation - Honouring the Past
On Saturday 12th October, local residents and community representatives joined together to celebrate the life and work of Cassandra Hand (1809 – 1868) and her contribution to famine relief in Clones and surrounding area. The event included the rededication by the Rt. Rev. John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher, of the grave of Cassandra Hand and her husband, the Rev. Thomas Hand.
Over 300 Participants from Cox’s Demesne Muirhevnamor and The Shankill in Belfast join in celebration
On Wednesday (9th October), over 300 participants who completed the ‘Beyond Beliefs’ computer skills training programme attended an event at the Crown Plaza, Dundalk to celebrate the success of the cross border project which has been running for the past 3 ½ years.
Prize-giving ceremony celebrates Schools Festival Day
More than 150 local children from mainstream and disability secondary schools in Limavady, Donegal and Derry/Londonderry environs recently took part in a Football4Peace Summer Schools Festival at Maginn Park, Buncrana. The event is an extension of the highly successful Football4Peace Ireland Programme, funded by the International Fund for Ireland. A special prize-giving ceremony took place at the Park to mark the successful conclusion of the Festival.
Windsor Women’s Centre in South Belfast today celebrated the beginning of a new era with the official opening of its purpose built premises located at Broadway.
The new Tate building, which cost £758,455, replaces Windsor Women’s Centre’s previous premises at Ebor Street.
It will operate as a women’s education, therapy and well-being centre and make a major impact on community relations through an extended range of reconciliation training programmes.
A unique project that gave 1,700 children in the North West region a chance to learn in shared environments was last night (2nd October) hailed at a special event held at St Cecilia’s College.
Hundreds of participants gathered to share their experiences and celebrate their successes at an awards ceremony for the Community Learning and Social Skills Project (CLASS) project.
The initiative encouraged new cross-community contact between pupils aged 10-18 from 28 schools in County Londonderry/Derry and was facilitated by Reach Across with £475,000 from the International Fund for Ireland’s Sharing in Education Programme (SiEP).
Two of Kilkeel’s biggest youth clubs today marked the completion of ground-breaking project at JIMS Youth Centre.
With financial support from the International Fund for Ireland, Kilkeel Parish Bridge Association and Kingdom Youth Club teamed up to deliver a wide range of joint activities that address important issues including relationships, drugs and antisocial behaviour.
Building on previous collaborations and geared towards promoting dialogue between the two communities, the project also used an innovative street outreach approach to engage with young people who were not involved with either organisation.
A new £1.25million centre designed to improve relationships and reduce interface tensions officially opened its doors in south Belfast today.
Located on the junction of Ormeau Road and Donegall Pass, the Cromac Regeneration Initiative was established by three community groups with funding from the International Fund for Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development.
Cromac Regeneration Initiative was developed and led by Donegall Pass Community Forum in partnerships with Markets Development Association and the Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group.
Reconciliation programme aimed at 14-16 year olds in South Donegal and Tyrone
On Wednesday (11th September), local residents and community representatives joined together with teenagers from South Donegal and the Border Counties in the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal to celebrate the achievements of participants in the ‘Engaging the Breesy Way’ reconciliation programme. At the event, certificates were awarded to 300 teenagers from local schools in recognition of their participation in a cross-community, cross-border programme which fosters contact, dialogue and relationship building between young people 14 to 16 years of age.
“New teaching methods can increase young children’s understanding of difference and also improve learning potential” a University of Ulster educationalist told Stormont’s politicians on Wednesday 11th September.
Dolores Loughrey was presenting the latest research from the two-year Creative Change Project which shows that storytelling and the arts can boost personal development and academic performance at primary school level.
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has hailed the impact of an innovative shared approach between two County Antrim primary schools.
Moneynick Primary School in Randalstown and Duneane Primary School, a short distance away in Toomebridge, collaborated over the last four years as part of a special project funded by the International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Reconciliation through the Riverine – Developing Cross-Community and Cross-Border Relationships
Organisers of ‘The Gathering of The Gales’ were delighted to welcome hundreds of brass and wind musicians to take part in the festival, which was hailed as an enormous success. Over two days, audiences from Donegal, Tyrone and further afield were treated to a musical extravaganza featuring everything from jazz, big band tunes, hymns and marches.
Official Opening of Bush Old Schoolhouse, Cooley Peninsula
Restored building provides unique cross-community resource
On Saturday 24th August, local residents and community representatives came together to celebrate the official opening of the restored Bush Old Schoolhouse, located on the Cooley Peninsula. Originally built in 1844, the Old Schoolhouse which remained unused for almost 40 years, since the school closed in the 1960s, now acts as a cross-community resource designed to promote good relations, shared history and reconciliation in the area. The venue is available for a variety of uses such as social gatherings, meetings, training, workshops, exhibitions and charity events.