The European Union, in recognition of the significant challenges that face Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland, has made a specific allocation of funding within the new regulations 2014-2020 to address issues associated with the creation of a more peaceful society. These regulations have made provision for a budget of €229m for a new PEACE Programme under the European Regional Development Fund.
The new programme - Peace IV - will provide support to projects that contribute towards the promotion of greater levels of peace and reconciliation. It will place a strong emphasis on promoting cross-community relations and understanding in order to create a more cohesive society.
Approximately €1.7m worth of funding has been secured by Leitrim County Council as Lead Partner on behalf of the County Leitrim Peace IV Partnership.
The Peace Learning for Young People Programme relates to the Children & Young People theme. The aim of this project is to enhance the capacity of children and young people to form positive and effective relationships with others of a different background and make a positive contribution to building a cohesive society.
This programme was advertised on eTenders and Foróige were the successful tenderer with their submission. The programme will engage young people on 3 projects to develop their leadership skills and better understand the concept of ‘peace’
- Foróige will deliver their Module 1 of their ‘Leadership for Life’ programme which is an accredited programme. They will also offer the participants the opportunity to complete Modules 2 & 3 which will culminate in a Level 6 accredited Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership & Community Action from NUI Galway.
- Learning ‘Peace’ project will engage young people to develop a better understanding of conflict and life during the troubles through speakers & workshops. They will also get to use their medium of choice e.g. film, graffitt, animae to further explore this topic
- Creative Social Media project will enable participants to share what they have learned through a preferred social media platform e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.
A Project Leader and Project Worker will be recruited by Foróige to manage the programme.
For more information on the Leitrim County PEACE IV Action Plan check out http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Community-Culture/Community/Peace-IV/Peace-IV.html
Match-funding for this element of the PEACE IV Programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland.
The European Union’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB)