Promoting good relations: the role of schools in Northern Ireland

Joanne Hughes and Caitlin Donnelly

in Everyday Life After the Irish Conflict

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780719087288
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704561 | DOI:
Promoting good relations: the role of schools in Northern Ireland

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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

Chapter.  5513 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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