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Students together in Jerusalem

 

Students together in Jerusalem Photograph

Students from St Mary’s and Stranmillis University Colleges recently travelled to David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem to continue a discourse with Israeli students who themselves had travelled to Belfast two weeks previously. The Intercultural Visit was part of the joint Colleges Diversity and Mutual Understanding programme which is funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

 

The students from St Mary’s and Stranmillis were able to discuss identity and reconciliation from the perspective of a post-conflict situation whilst the Israeli students discussed the issues from the perspective of a society still in conflict. Schools in both the Jewish and Arab quarters were visited and the students talked with teachers and children who were engaged in language, art, design and technology and science classes.

 

Mr Frank Quinn from St Mary’s and Dr Pamela Moffett from Stranmillis attended with the students. Both Colleges were delighted with the outcomes which they see as an excellent springboard for their new joint IFI (1 million) CREDIT programme.