by JULIE-ANN SPENCE
Hunterhouse College pupils with teacher Mrs
Walker, principal Mrs Clark and Lisburn Mayor James Tinsley.
EIGHTY young people, from schools throughout Lisburn and
Belfast, came together at Lisburn's Lagan Valley Island recently
to receive their certificates for successfully completing a
Community Relations course.
Accredited by Open College Network, the
course is delivered by N.I. Childrens Enterprise in fifteen
schools in the Lisburn and Belfast areas.
The course, entitled 'Citizenship In A
Divided Society', is delivered to young people in Year 13 and
gets them to look at their values and beliefs; their
stereotypes, assumptions and judgements; and how best to deal
Schools attending the presentation ceremony
included Fort Hill College, Hunterhouse College, Corpus Christi
College, La Salle Senior Boys School, St. Dominic's High School
and St. Genevieve's High School.
The guest speaker was Lisburn City's Mayor
—Councillor James Tinsley —who also presented the certificates.
NI Childrens Enterprise's Schools Community
Relations Programme Coordinator, Alison Dougherty, was very
pleased with the turnout for the event.
"To see so many young people together here
today to receive their community relations certificates is
extremely rewarding" she said.
"I would like to congratulate them, and thank
their teachers and principals for timetabling us into the school
"We have seen a steady increase in the demand
for delivery of programmes such as ours, and more schools are
regularly coming on board, wanting to offer an accredited
Community Relations course to their pupils.
Fort Hill College pupils with teacher Mrs
Muldrew and Lisburn Mayor James Tinsley.