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Issue 143: October 2006

Afri hedge school: Seeds of struggle, seeds of growth
Afri's Hedge School 2006 is on the theme "Seeds of Struggle, Seeds of Growth: Common Wealth or Corporate Control?" and takes place in Dublin on Saturday 21st October from 2 - 6 pm with The Cultivate Centre for Living and Learning. The venue is the Cultivate Centre, 15 - 19 Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin. Those providing input of various kinds include Brendan Forde, Micheál Ó Seighin, Kay Sheehy, Clare O'Grady Walshe, Eanna Ní Lamhna, Andy Storey, Barbara O'Shea, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Ronan James. Cost: €15, €10 concessions. Bookings to; Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, ph 01 - 8827581 / 8827563, e-mail and website

European Justice and Peace commissions look at reconciliation
Around fifty people from a couple of dozen countries gathered in Belfast in September for the meeting of the Justice and Peace Commissions of the Catholic Church from around Europe. The subject focus for their meeting was the experience of reconciliation in Northern Ireland and they heard from various speakers and visited local projects in Belfast and elsewhere in the North. They adopted a statement on reconciliation which includes the following: "The conflict in Northern Ireland is about territory, social injustice and inequality in participation in the political process. It is a sectarian conflict. It is not about religion, but there is a very religious dimension to the conflict. Religion is part of the problem. Belonging to a Protestant or Catholic group seems to be a key factor along with political aspiration in building identity.....But religion is also part of the solution, offering a resource from within the community of Northern Ireland on its path to sustainable peace." The full statement is available here.

- Sarah Barry has begun work as Administrator/Researcher for the Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs; she has been involved in both Church and rural development projects at home and in Central America, and is a graduate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome but focuses her current research in the area of social sciences. Fr Tim Bartlett is the executive secretary to ICJSA. ICJSA, Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co Kildare, ph 01 - 5053016, e-mail and web

Dublin-Belfast as part of Nuclear Free Future Walk
May 2007 sees an Interfaith Peace Walk (open to anyone interested) starting in Dublin and traveling to Belfast before going to Scotland (including Faslane), England (including Sellafield and Aldermaston) en route to London. As the walk will be stopping off at 8 locations between Dublin and Belfast, there is plenty of opportunity for interaction and using the walk to promote a future free of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power. 12th May sees the start in Dublin, and stops are as follows; Swords 13th May, Skerries 14th, Drogheda 15th, Ardee 16th, Dundalk 17th (followed by a rest day), Newry 19th, Banbridge 20th, Lisburn 21st and Belfast 22nd, with meetings in Belfast on 23rd May. So you can get in touch now and help plan local events, accommodation etc. Contact Marcus at or K.A. at and you can look up past walks at

AWI at Shannon: Demilitarise Shannon Airport
Saturday 28th October at 2pm sees an anti-war demonstration at Shannon organized by Anti-War Ireland (AWI) with speakers including US Iraq War veterans such as Joshua Casteel, former interrogator at Abu Ghraib, and supported by others. Assemble at Lidl at 2pm to march to the Airport. Anti-War Ireland (see NN142, e-mail and web

INCORE: 'Remembering' victims and survivors
Professor Thomas Fraser, Emeritus Professor based at INCORE, has received an award of £239,397 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake a two year project looking at the topic of victims, survivors and commemoration; he will lead a team of researchers based on the Magee campus to produce a digital archive that will form a new section on the existing CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) web site.

The work on this project will document the developments that have taken place in the area of victims, survivors and commemoration since 1997. While much of this will relate to the conflict within Northern Ireland, the team will also be looking at events in the Republic of Ireland and Britain. For further information contact:
Professor Tom Fraser, e-mail: Room MD138A, University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Londonderry, BT48 7JL. Or see:

The latest INCORE annual report (pdf) is available on the INCORE website and paper copies are available from the INCORE office. It features the work of INCORE and its varied projects from January 2005 to June 2006.

Add your voice to the climate for change
Visit Irish Friends of the Earth's climate change site at and make it easy to add your voice to those pushing the Irish government to do more - you can pledge to do something to reduce pollution and demand the government do something in return.

Vilence in the Medea
UN International day of Peace, 21st September, saw street theatre performed in Dublin and Belfast on the theme of violence, and particularly violent death as entertainment, in the media. The Dublin street theatre was outside the offices of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and was organised by Ballitore Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) with help from The Griese Youth Theatre Group, also from Ballitore Co.Kildare.; the drama in Belfast was outside BBC and UTV headquarters, organised by INNATE. The main elements of the campaign demands are: That the effects of media violence are highlighted on one high profile day each year; That 21st September, which happens to be United Nations World Peace Day, becomes that high profile day; That television stations would transmit "No Violent Death for Entertainment Purposes" on this single day each year; That schools and colleges would concentrate civics or media classes on "Violence as entertainment" on that day; That each individual member of the public would be encouraged to inform themselves of the implications and effects of having large amounts of violence and violent death in their entertainment diet, and be encouraged to review their viewing patterns. Research to support this campaign and backjground information can be found on the website or you can contact Terry Gillespie ph 057 8825173 (evenings) or e-mail
- The script for the street theatre on 'violence as entertainment' will be on the INNATE website under 'Resources'.

The world at your fingertips
There is one easy way to have the world at your fingertips, well, at least so far as peace, environmental and human rights organisations around the globe is concerned; all you have to do is buy a Housmans Peace Diary with its World Peace Directory of almost 2,000 national and international organisations in 150 countries. The 2007 diary is UK£8.95, post-free anywhere in the world, or there are bulk discounts (e.g. 5-9 copies £8 each, 20+ at £6 each).. It is two-days to a week format. Available through payment by UK cheque or by credit card. Housmans, 5 Caledonian road, London N1 9DX, phone 020 7837 4473, e-mail and web

Towards an inclusive democracy from de Borda
'Towards an inclusive democracy' is the title of a forthcoming publication (subtitle 'Consensual voting procedures for use in parliaments, councils and committees'), edited by Peter Emerson, to be published by Springer ( ISBN 3-540-33163-8) during early 2007 at about 250 pages. The book includes pieces by Michael Dummett, Maurice Salles, Hannu Nurmi and Elizabeth Meehan; the first half looks three different voting procedures and hypothetical examples, the second discusses these against the background of the theory of voting, social science, human rights and mediation theory. The book will retail around €75/57. The de Borda Institute, 36 Ballysillan Road, Belfast BT14 7QQ, ph 028 - 90 711795 or 078 - 377 17979, web

ARAN website
The ARAN / Animal Rights Action Network website was launched recently and full details of campaigns and actions can be found at including a monthly newsletter. A rally in Dublin is being organised for 10th December, International Day for Animal Rights. General queries to National Events Organizer, John Carmody, e-mail: Postal address: ARAN, Po Box 722, Kildare, ph. 087-6275579.

Faslane, Belfast
Angie Zelter, one of the main organisers of the year-long Faslane nuclear submarine base blockade is in Belfast pn Tuesday 10th October, to speak about this ambitious peace action in Scotland against the updating of Britain's WMD and encouraging groups and individuals from here to get involved and join the blockade.

More info at Angie will be speaking at 1pm, Tuesday in Conference Room 3 in the Queens' Student Union on University Road at a meeting called by QUB Green Action. Also on Tuesday 10th October at 8pm she will be speaking in the Peace House, 224 Lisburn Road at a meeting called by Justice Not Terror Coalition. Both meetings are of course open to anyone interested. More info phone 0773 - 781 9569.

Centre for Global Education, Belfast
The Centre for Global Education is a resource base for global and developing world studies. It promotes a form of education designed to increase understanding of international development issues and encourage action that will tackle the problems underpinning poverty and inequality throughout the world.

The Centre promotes a form of education that is variably called development education, global education, global citizenship or development awareness. All of these labels share the following components:

An exploration of development issues such as trade justice, conflict, gender, the environment and child work.

  • The use of active learning methodologies to foster independent, critical thinking, confidence, self-awareness and good communication skills.
  • Work with a wide range of target groups from pre-school through to adult groups such as teachers, student teachers, adult educators and youth workers.

The provision of resources for use in the formal and non-formal education sectors.

An additional key element of development education is the action component. It is imperative that learners use the values, skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding provided through development education to take action that will address poverty-related problems at local and international levels. As the writer Alice Walker stated 'activism is my rent for living on this planet'.

The Centre's main education services include:

Resource Base
The Centre has a resource base on its premises that is accessible to the public and contains the most complete collection of materials on development issues available in Northern Ireland. These resources include:

  • Over 1,200 books on development issues and developing countries
  • 50 national and international periodicals
  • Over 1,000 video broadcasts
  • Over 500 teaching packs designed to support curriculum delivery from Key Stages 1-4
  • Resources designed for youth sector training
  • Interactive CD Roms
  • Over 100 reference box files on development issues and developing countries
  • Invaluable international reports, newspaper cuttings and newsletters.

Web Site on Global Citizenship
The Centre has produced a new web based resource for young people at key stages 2 and 3 to support the study of local and global Citizenship. The web site is called The Big Pic and it can be accessed at The content of the site incorporates the curriculum proposals as outlined by the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for Citizenship and reflects its four main themes:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equality and Social Justice
  • Democracy and Active Participation
  • Human Rights and Social Responsibilities

The Big Pic has been designed to enable teachers and students to enrich their experience of the curriculum by focusing on international development issues in both local and global contexts. The site was formally launched in the Long Gallery, Stormont on 16 June when the final segment of materials on Democracy and Active Participation was added to the site.

As an interactive resource with activities that increase young people's knowledge of development issues while also being fun to use, the Big Pic has already enjoyed positive feedback from teachers and young people alike. Visit the site for yourself and check out the activities.

Global Youth Work Course
The Centre is currently delivering a new Global Youth Work course aimed at youth work practitioners which is accredited under the Northern Ireland Open College Network to OCN Level 3. The aim of the course is to offer youth workers the skills and training necessary to deliver development education within their youth work organisations.

The training content comprises 5 units:

  • Principles of global youth work
  • Understanding Globalisation
  • Information, resources & support for global youth work
  • Applying global youth work in practice
  • Evaluating global youth work.
The course includes two residential seminars and the compilation of a portfolio of learning for assessment purposes. Over 40 youth workers have already completed the course. For further information contact:

For information on any of the Centre's services contact our Information Officer: or tel: 028 - 90241879

networking group of INNATE meets next on Monday 16th October at 7 pm in 7 University Avenue, Belfast - all welcome. Thanks to Natalia Concha for assistance during September


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