Teaching Divided Histories is Brussels-bound.

Teaching Divided Histories is Brussels-bound.

The Nerve Centre’s ‘Teaching Divided Histories’ is one of a handful of PEACE III projects to be selected to showcase their work in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels. 

The exhibition event will take place on Thursday January 31 and will run in conjunction with the ‘Bringing Divided Communities Together’ conference in the Charlemagne Building, organised by the European Commission and the Special EU Programmes Body. Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will be participating in the conference, as will the Northern Ireland First Minister and Deputy First Minister. 

TDH project manager, Emma McDermott, said: 'We are delighted to have been selected by the SEUPB, who administer the funding, to show some of the accomplishments of the project so far. It’s a very high profile event and we are honoured to be able to connect with a wider European audience.'

Teaching Divided Histories is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and will introduce new curriculum linked approaches to the study of conflict into post-primary schools in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and also internationally.

To date 95 teachers have received training through the project. The catalyst for this new approach to teaching and learning about conflict is the use of moving image and digital media.

The project brings together teachers from across Northern Ireland and the border counties to develop and pilot a range of innovative education programmes that use film, digital photography, animation, comic books and webcasting to enable young people to explore common experiences of conflict and peace building. These teachers and educators are being trained in a range of creative and critical skills so that they can use moving image and digital technologies within the classroom to liberate and empower young people to engage practically with issues of conflict and division.

The 'Bringing Divided Communities Together' conference aims to highlight one of the European Union interventions in peace-building, namely the EU PEACE Programme within Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The launch of the PEACE Programme in 1995 was the direct result of the European Union’s desire to respond positively to new opportunities in the Northern Ireland peace process during the paramilitary ceasefire announcements.

Since then the EU has provided additional financial assistance through the PEACE II Programme as well as the current PEACE III (2007-2013) strand. The programme features a genuine bottom-up involvement in its delivery and it aims to reconcile communities by creating a shared vision of society, building positive relations at local level as well as acknowledging and dealing with the past.  

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