ERIC Number: EJ822953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Education for Peace in Integrated Schools: A Priority for Northern Ireland?
Child Care in Practice, v10 n2 p85-94 Apr 2004
Although violence in Northern Ireland has been "neither halted or prevented" (Tomasevski, 2003a, p. 7), few would deny that the scale of the conflict has been reduced. This paper argues that a vital purpose of education in Northern Ireland should be peacebuilding and the promotion of social cohesion. In particular, the paper looks at the lessons that can be learned from integrated education by societies moving out of conflict. As part of a larger study of the impact of integrated (mixed Catholic and Protestant) education, former and current Principals of the two longest established post-primary (for children aged 11-18) integrated colleges were questioned about the policies and practice employed by their schools with regards to promoting respect for diversity, dealing with cultural symbols and affirming or challenging identity. The potential of integrated education to promote tolerance and understanding is discussed. This paper concludes that the needs of children and society for reconciliation through integrated schooling should perhaps take preference over the rights of parents to segregated education.
Descriptors: Catholics, Protestants, Parent Rights, School Desegregation, Conflict, Peace, Foreign Countries, Violence, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Social Integration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)