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ERIC Number: EJ877388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Building Bridges
Farrelly, Diana
Adults Learning, v16 n8 p20-21 Apr 2005
The city and district of Armagh has a population of 54,000. The city is split, along sectarian lines, into two distinct areas: the south and west areas of the city are predominantly Catholic; the north and east are mainly Protestant. Outside Belfast, Armagh and its surrounding district suffered the highest levels of sectarian murders during the years of conflict. The legacy of the past 30 years has particularly affected the border areas, which have suffered low levels of business confidence, inward-looking communities, outward migration of skills and expertise, sectarian strife, community division and polarisation, and geographical isolation. In January 2001, the author was appointed as Lifelong Learning Manager at Armagh College to develop a new Lifelong Learning Unit, which was to target social need and widen participation. The Lifelong Learning Unit proactively identifies and works with specific areas and with those groups in greatest need. It also proactively establishes links with communities which feel themselves excluded from mainstream provision, identifying barriers to learning and helping address them. The Unit has been recognised, both locally and nationally, for seizing the opportunity presented by peace to bridge the divide between the two communities. In this article, the author describes how Armagh College's lifelong learning initiative has helped address the legacy of conflict in the city by widening participation and promoting peace building in a divided community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)