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Everyday Life After the Irish ConflictThe Impact of Devolution and Cross-border Cooperation$
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Cillian McGrattan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087288

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087288.001.0001

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Promoting good relations: the role of schools in Northern Ireland

Promoting good relations: the role of schools in Northern Ireland

(p.54) Chapter 4 Promoting good relations: the role of schools in Northern Ireland
Everyday Life After the Irish Conflict

Joanne Hughes

Caitlin Donnelly

Manchester University Press

The relationship between the separate education system for Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland and the perpetuation of the conflict continues to be subject of considerable debate. There is broad agreement, however, that schools have an important role to play in healing division. This chapter examines and evaluates a recently established non-statutory initiative, the Sharing Education Programme, which aims to provide an effective contact model between the two systems. Our analysis suggests that the success of the Programme is clearly related to helping schools meet statutory obligations and that, in the long run, there are important lessons to be learned regarding how the programme can contribute towards improving relations between the communities.

Keywords:   Shared Education Programme, Good Relations, Contact Theory, Policy Impact

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