Peace III

Co. Monaghan VEC made an application for funding to the Monaghan County Development Board PEACE III Peace and Reconciliation Partnership. The following projects received funding and will be implemented in 2012 – 2013. These projects are supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the special EU Programmes Body.

Towards Active Citizenship

This project involves the provision of a Basic Adult Education programme accredited to FETAC Level 4 standard. It aims to raise the ability and confidence of participants to actively engage in community events and decision making processes. This group will access 6 hours tuition per week for a period of 80 weeks and funding will also be allocated towards resources and trips which will explore conflict, diversity and reconciliation and will reflect and complement the FETAC Level 4 modules offered such as Communication, Personal Effectiveness, Local & Global Development Awareness and Historical Studies. The programme intends to build on the success of Building Better Communities Programme which was run at FETAC Level 3 standard under the previous round of Peace funding.

Using Technology to Reach Out Into Communities

This project involves reaching out to minority religious communities to offer Introduction to Technology classes to them on an outreach basis in their own local setting. The project will equip them with both the skills and the small-scale equipment (in conjunction with Peace III small grants programme) to allow them to host or facilitate cross-community and/or cross-border education and ‘welcoming events’ in their local settings and for their communities in the future. Training will be accredited by ICS Equal Skills. Experiential learning will also take place in the form of trips that will explore conflict, diversity and reconciliation.

Bonding Beyond Boundaries to Promote Inclusiveness

This project follows on from a previous PEACE III project ‘Fostering good relations through a community wide programme of events’ and will assist youth groups to form bonds beyond their normal geographical, religious, cultural and/or organisational boundaries. Groups will be facilitated to network, form relationships and supported to participate in diversity awareness residential. This will build the knowledge capacity of the youth club leaders and their members and ultimately remove barriers that hinder clubs having a diverse membership. Clubs will be assisted so that they become more inclusive of minority religious groups, minority ethnic groups or of young people who have special needs.

Building Capacity in Youth Settings

This project aims to provide teachers and tutors of religion, history, CSPE, Politics, English, Resource, SPHE, Communication and Cultural Studies with the additional skills, knowledge and experience, that is needed to adequately address the issues remaining from the legacy left from ‘The Troubles’. This will be done through three 2 day in-service days for educators to Dublin (following the Queens visit), Belfast/Derry and South Armagh. It is hoped that this experiential learning/training will assist teachers to feel comfortable in initiating and addressing contentious issues such as sectarianism and diversity, and to enhance the delivery of existing curricula by providing additional material and knowledge to supplement course material.

On 1st July 2013, Co. Monaghan VEC merged with Co. Cavan VEC to form Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (ETB)

The projects are supported, organised and facilitated by members of Cavan and Monaghan ETB PEACE III Team. If you want to find out more about the ETB PEACE III Programme, please contact a member of the team on 047-30888.

For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

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