Mulroy and Errigal College students enjoyed a trip to Arranmore today as the final stop on their collaborative Shared Education journey this year.
The Collaboration and Sharing in Education (CASE) Project, funded under the PEACE IV programme, began in 2017.
While the basic criteria for a partnership is that schools belong to a different ethos and community and through CASE learn to appreciate this diversity and respect it in practice, schools that have over 20% newcomers to Ireland also qualify.
Mulroy and Errigal College students have been involved since 2018. Subject teachers of history, geography, art, music and metalwork have been engaged over the years and looked at areas such as the history of NI which is a key factor in understanding the need for Peace.
Both schools have welcomed recently arrived Ukrainian students who joined them for the Arranmore visit. It is significant that students from a country currently affected by war got the opportunity to experience a part of the EU Peace Programme.
This year the focus of the schools joint collaborative work has been on getting to know and develop an appreciation for the county’s national heritage. This helps integration into the local community and a better knowledge of the surrounds. By working together students have enhanced their research and analytical skills. Both schools work collaboratively using Google classroom which was particularly useful when COVID prohibited face to face engagement.
The CASE Project is managed by Léargas and the Education Authority in Northern Ireland project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body.
See photos from the day below: