Name of Project: North West Youth Forum for Peace and Reconciliation
Lead Partner: Western Education and Library Board
Grant Awarded: £218,177
Following the establishment of the North West Youth Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (NWYFPR) in Phase I, the Western Education and Library Board developed a programme supporting young people, between the ages of 11-25 years, to tackle the issues of sectarianism and racism, with peer education as a main focus for the programme. The core principal of the programme has been the participation of young people, with a cascade training approach to capacity building, equipping young people and their key influencers with the skills knowledge and resource material to deliver peer-led seminars, workshops, courses and events across the North West Cluster.
As part of the programme the NWYFPR developed their ‘grass roots’ campaign ‘We’re Connected’, aimed at tackling sectarianism, racism, as well as developing an appreciation of the value of diversity in society, bringing together 12 youth clubs to participate in joint programmes and activities. The campaign’s core principal is the belief that everyone should feel that they are accepted regardless of skin colour, ethnicity, beliefs or community background.
There have been over 260 participants in the programme to date from across the North West Cluster, taking part in a Peace Camp, training and team building residentials, a number of Good Relations workshops, as well as a range of OCN accredited and non accredited training courses. As part of the campaign, 20 youth led projects have been supported under the Project Development Scheme with a small resource allocation to assist in the development of peer-led events and training across the NW Cluster.
In addition under the InTURN initiative 12 young people are being trained in nationally recognised peer education and youth work qualifications and during the final 8 weeks interns will practice running their own projects in a youth setting. InTURN will support the participating young people to develop their potential to become significant leaders of other young people and advocates of peace building.
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.