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"I learned that different people have different opinions on things, such as the poppy. I never really knew what the poppy truly symbolised but now that I know I respect it and its true meaning"Lee, Conflict Resolution Student
 

DSD Neighbourhood Renewal

When is it?   1st July 2010 - 31st March 2011

Where is it? It will deliver 8 programmes in total over 9 months
Participants will be recruited from the following areas of NI.
4 Programmes Belfast
2 Programmes North-West
2 Programmes Regional

It will deliver 4 programmes to 24 students and 4 teachers per programme from schools throughout NI
1 Programme Belfast
1 Programme Londonderry/Derry
1 Programme Strabane/Coalisland
1 Programme North Down

What is it?   The whole theme of the International School for Peace Studies project is ‘Reconciliation Through Remembrance' and deals specifically with acknowledgement of past events and the role of our communities in those events that have had such a profound impact on the attitudes and beliefs of our communities and their relationships with each other.

Who's it for?   Participants from Neighbourhood Renewal Areas

How's it work? Each programme will consist of 1 day pre-departure in Ireland, either 5 or 6 days in Northern France and Belgium depending on the level of qualification to be delivered.


Objectives:
· To develop a network of organisations whose influence can create an environment in which dialogue between many diverse groups can take place leading to greater understanding and reconciliation.
· To initiate programmes through the international school for peace studies to facilitate the above.
· To provide I.S.P.S. programmes accredited through the NI Open College Network at Levels I, II.
· To provide other training programmes to participants, to tackle diversity, racism and sectarianism, some of which maybe single identity.
· To deliver two international conferences each year. One for young people and one for participants on the annual Island of Ireland Peace Week programme.
· To continue to develop our European programmes with existing and new European partners
· To establish a Messines Youth Network for those graduate or progress through the schools and youth links programmes to continue the work in relation to peace building, anti sectarian and anti racism work.
· To provide a quarterly newsletter to the thousands of participants who have/will progress through and participate in the I.S.P.S. programme.

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