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""I feel that the Messines Experience should be brought into the educational curriculum in the north and south so everyone can experience it""John, Conflict Resolution Student
 

Leaders for Inclusive, Free of Bias Education (LIFE) project

When is it?   8th - 18th August 2010

Where is it?  Derry/Londonderry, St.Columb's Park House

What is it?   The overall objective of the project is to encourage a better knowledge and understanding of 'Multiculturalism' among youths from Cyrpus and Ireland, and to promote the interaction and integration of all ethnic groups in a peaceful society.

Why do it?   Since the division of Cyprus in 1974, political changes have lead to the suppression of the concept of Multiculturalism and the openly encouraged rise in nationalism and resentment towards the 'other'.  The socio-political experiences of Cyprus and Ireland have close resemblances.

Who's it for? 30 participants in total, aged between 18 and 24, representing the North and South of Cyprus along with participants representing the North and South of Ireland who study/work in the Education and/or Youth Sector.  20 participants will be recruited from Cyprus and 10 participants will be from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

How's it work? A ten day residential training camp.  Activities include:

  • Training in Diversity & Multiculturalism
  • Study visits
  • Networking Activities
  • Cultural Exchange Activities
  • Social Activities
  • Production of an Education Pack

Objectives

The overall objective will be met by the specific objectives stated below:

a) To deepen the understanding of 'Multiculturalism' and 'Diversity' amongst Cypriot youth with people to people contacts with a multicultural European Community and various Cypriot groups of different cultural backgrounds.

b) To provide training to those involved in youth education on how they can integrate the concept of 'Diversity' and 'Multiculturalism' into their practice.

c) To raise public awareness on the European Approach to Multiculturalism and Diversity.

d) To establish a network and increase linkages between Cypriot and Irish organisations dealing with Peace and Diversity issues and other organisations within the European peace movement.

e) To increase the number of active youths particularly within the Turkish Cypriot Community, who understand Multiculturalism and encourage a Multicultural attitude in Cyprus.

Anyone interested in taking part in this exciting new programme or wanting more information should ring Craig Barr, Coordinator, at The International School for Peace Studies on +44 (0) 2871 311005.

 

 

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