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Children Score for Peace!

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Prize-giving ceremony celebrates Schools Festival Day

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IMG2_-_Children_Score_for_PeaceMore 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 Celebrate Official Opening

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IMG_005webWindsor 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.

North West schools celebrate three-year cross-community programme

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0210IFI08webA 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).

Kilkeel youth groups celebrate cross-community project

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Two of Kilkeel’s biggest youth clubs today marked the completion of ground-breaking project at JIMS Youth Centre.

 

4-jims-_3808With 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.

 

£1.25million cross-community centre opens at south Belfast interface

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A new £1.25million centre designed to improve relationships and reduce interface tensions officially opened its doors in south Belfast today.

 

PEYE_IFI_CROMAC__0001Located 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.

 

‘Engaging the Breesy Way’ Award Ceremony

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Reconciliation programme aimed at 14-16 year olds in South Donegal and Tyrone

 

Breesy_Way-5On 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.

 

Creative learning approach offers educational and societal gains

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CreativeChange2“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 hails shared approach between County Antrim primary schools

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Education_Minister_John_ODowd_visited_Moneynick_and_Duneane_Primary_Schools_DAS_1327Education 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.

 

The 'Gathering of the Gales' Festival Hailed an Enormous Success

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Reconciliation through the Riverine – Developing Cross-Community and Cross-Border Relationships

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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

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DSC_8426webOfficial 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.

North East communities join together to celebrate three-year programme

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BCRC_webGroups from Ballymoney, Coleraine and Moyle today (22nd August) marked the conclusion of a three-year cross-community project with a special celebration event in Derry/Londonderry.

The two-day event was designed to highlight a significant body of work on issues of identity and relationship building, and point to ways in which processes begun through the Rooting for Change Together Project can be sustained in the future.

Part-funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the £300,000 Rooting for Change Together Project delivered a package of cross-community activities that helped build the confidence and capacity of local groups and individuals, break down misconceptions and promote understanding between communities.

Theatre Double Bill Showcases Cross-Border Youth Project Talent

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 ‘Shared Past, Shared Future’ – Using Theatre as a Tool for Peace-Building

 

Border_Youth_Summer_CampOn Friday (9th August) an audience of over 150 people from Donegal and Tyrone came together at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey for a special night of theatre showcasing the talented works of local participants of the Border Youth Summer Camp.

 

On the night, the project’s younger participants (aged 11- 13 years) treated the audience to BestBeat, a hilarious and energetic comedy about two bands who will stop at nothing to win a battle-of-the-bands competition. This was followed by The Blame – a moving and thought-provoking drama presented by the project’s older group (14-17 years) examining the factors that led to the sinking of the titanic.

 

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