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Schools together: enhancing the citizenship curriculum through a non-formal education programme

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O'Connor, Una (2012) Schools together: enhancing the citizenship curriculum through a non-formal education programme. Journal of Peace Education, 9 (1). pp. 31-48. [Journal article]

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Abstract

In divided societies education for diversity, often introduced via the combinedapproaches of civic education, citizenship education and community-relationsactivity, is advocated as a core element of the school curriculum. Its delivery,through formal and non-formal educational approaches, has been routinelyrecognised as an opportunity for interactive learning, offering intellectual, socialand emotional advantages to all involved. From its roots in the non-formalyouth sector, the work of the Spirit of Enniskillen (SOE) Trust now encompassesformal partnerships with schools through a ‘dealing with differencetogether’ programme involving groups of sixth-form students (17–18 years) in aprogramme for citizenship education as a complementary and/or supplementaryoption to the subject area of Local and Global Citizenship.Based on a developmental evaluation of the Schools Together programme,this paper presents a case study of a collaborative schools-based programme fordiversity in Northern Ireland. In particular, it outlines the unique characteristicsof collaboration between the formal and non-formal education sectors; highlightsthe intrinsic value of such programmes for capacity-building and sustainabilityin schools; and identifies the contribution of such initiatives to educationalreform and wider social change.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Citizenship; formal and informal education; peer mediation; conflict resolution
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:22354
Deposited By:Dr Una O'Connor Bones
Deposited On:31 May 2012 14:09
Last Modified:31 May 2012 14:09

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