2020 Armagh Summer School

The Summer School is now postponed due to Covid 19.

The 2020 Armagh Summer School is being led by Diversity Challenges in partnership with: REACT; West Armagh Consortium and Rural Community Network. The programme for the 2020 Peace Building Summer School is currently being designed. It will be non-residential and will take place over a number of sessions from early May to mid July 2020. There will be a mixture of evening sessions and Saturdays.

It will provide a unique opportunity for those working on peace-building and reconciliation to learn of the impact of the conflict on a rural border community, learn of local actions that have built the present more peaceful society, explore the lasting issues of conflict. The forum of speakers, participants from differing backgrounds will provide an opportunity for networking and learning from the experiences thus assisting in your own peace-building work.

  • Learn about the origins of the conflict reviewing key events from Partition to Civil Rights to Violence, the Peace Process, Reforms and Agreements and thus develop an understanding of the origins of the conflict and the process.
  • Learn of the impact of the conflict on a border community both urban and rural
  • Learn of the continuing issues of division including parades/flags/ paramilitaries and dealing with the past and potential impact of Brexit on Border Communities, hearing from those from differing backgrounds.
  • Learn through visits and workshop from local groups  about ways peace-builders have tried to resolve conflict to lead to a more peaceful society. Use of the arts, dialogue, oral history and other techniques to explore difficult issues in a safe and reconciling way. What has worked and what the barriers are.
  • Explore current issues of the views of those from young people and minorities for example ethnic and LGBTQI and examine ways to develop a more inclusive society
  • Interact with the other participants, local activists, and with the tutors, speakers and groups learning from their experience and giving support and learning to others.
  • Participants  can undertake accredited learning through Open College Network course on Peace Building specifically designed for the school

Diversity Challenges has secured funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This will provide funding for 20 participants and therefore the course is free of charge. There is a selection process for those who make an application. Please go through Summer school website below to access more information and application form.