Since 1969 more than 3600 people have been killed as part of
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Since 1969 more than 3600 people have been killed as part of the Troubles in Northern Ireland
The tragedies of the past have left a deep and profoundly regrettable legacy of suffering. We must never forget those who have died or been injured, and their families. But we can best honour them through a fresh start, in which we firmly dedicate ourselves to the achievement of reconciliation, tolerance, and mutual trust, and to the protection and vindication of the human rights of all.
The Good Friday Agreement 1998
racial harassment is a significant part of life for many minority ethnic people living in Northern Ireland. 44% have experienced verbal abuse29% have experienced criminal damage to propertyone in ten physically assaulted
Education for Mutual Understanding Evaluation (Smith and Robinson 1996)
Towards a culture of Tolerance: Education for Diversity (DENI, 1999)
and politicians, but not from politics.
learn about politics in school
but need the knowledge and skills to do so
which addressed such issues as sectarianism
We value equality, justice and human rights within our society and our capacity as citizens to resolve conflict by democratic means. (CCEA, 2000)
History says, Dont hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.
So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.
From The Cure of Troy
By Seamus Heaney 1990