Twenty participants can attend the Armagh Summer School free of charge.
The 2020 Armagh Summer School will provide a unique opportunity for those working on peace-building and reconciliation to learn about the impact of conflict on a rural border community, learn how local actions have built a more peaceful society, and explore the lasting issues of conflict.
The 2020 Armagh Summer School is being led by Diversity Challenges in partnership with REACT, West Armagh Consortium and Rural Community Network.
The programme will be non-residential and take place over from early May to mid-July 2020. There will be a mixture of evening sessions and Saturdays.
The aim of the Programme is to provide the following:
- Learn about the origins of the conflict reviewing key events from Partition to Civil Rights to Violence, the Peace Process, Reforms and Agreements and thus develop an understanding of the origins of the conflict and the process.
- Learn of the impact of the conflict on a border community, both urban and rural.
- Learn of the continuing issues of division including parades/flags/paramilitaries and dealing with the past and potential impact of Brexit on border communities, hearing from those from differing backgrounds.
- Learn through visits and workshop from local groups about ways peacebuilders have tried to resolve conflict to lead to a more peaceful society. Use of the arts, dialogue, oral history and other techniques to explore difficult issues in a safe and reconciling way. What has worked and what the barriers are.
- Explore current issues of the views of those from young people and minorities for example ethnic and LGBTQI and examine ways to develop a more inclusive society.
- Interact with the other participants, local activists, and with the tutors, speakers and groups learning from their experience and giving support and learning to others.
- Participants can undertake accredited learning through Open College Network course on Peace Building specifically designed for the school.
Diversity Challenges has secured funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide funding for 20 participants – therefore the course is free of charge.
Applications must be received by 5pm on 1 April 2020.
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There is a selection process for those who make an application. Find out more about Armagh Summer School 2020