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Generations for PEACE

Name of Project: Generations for PEACE
Lead Partner: Co-operation Ireland
Grant Awarded: £143,202

The Generations for PEACE Programme has been developing and delivering a programme of positive play workshops and activities for primary schools across the North West region. The programme has engaged with over thirty schools and has been delivered on an inter-generational basis, involving parents, grandparents and other family members in an interactive and engaging way. Through the support of partners on the programme, the Playhouse, the Nerve Centre and Linking Generations Northern Ireland the project has harnessed a unique and extensive set of skills and experience to develop a model of delivery, which has immense potential for the future of primary school-based peace-building work.

Through the themed workshops of “Create – Children’s Recreation and Education Through Art Together for Everyone”, “Sporting Traditions”, “Mobile Me”, and “Generation Games”, children, their families, teachers and school staff have developed “Positive Play” as an approach for peace-building. They have used hands-on arts approaches; explored similarities and diversity through professionally coached sessions in rugby, soccer and GAA; developed digital arts and the use of new and creative ICT approaches to interactive and intergenerational play; and engaged participants on an intergenerational basis to explore and learn about children’s games now and in the past. All of these approaches have been built upon principles of good relations, positive play and inter-generational best practice in order to promote respect, mutual understanding, inclusivity and an appreciation of diversity.

From an organisational perspective, the delivery of “Generations for Peace “ through the support of the PEACE III Programme has enabled Co-operation Ireland to pilot a truly family-based, whole – school approach to intergenerational peace-building, which we hope to build upon in the future.

The Legacy Celebration Events Programme is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North West PEACE III Partnership of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council.

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