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Community Relations

The main thrust of the Department's Community Relations, Equality and Diversity policy is to contribute to improving relations between communities by educating children and young people to develop self respect and respect for others, by providing children and young people, in formal and non formal education settings, with opportunities to build relationships with those of different backgrounds and traditions within the resources available.

The objectives of the policy are:

  • Ensure that learners, at each stage of their development, have an understanding of and respect for the rights, equality and diversity of all without discrimination; and
  • Educate children and young people to live and participate in a changing world, so that they value and respect difference and engage positively with it, taking account of the ongoing intercommunity divisions arising from conflict and increasing diversity within our society; and
  • Equip children and young people with the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to develop mutual understanding and recognition of, and respect for, difference.

The Department, in conjunction with ELB's and Northern Ireland Youth Council has developed guidance for education settings to assist with implementation of the policy.

The Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards have developed a website, designed to provide teachers, youth workers, schools and youth organisations with a wide range of up to date information and resources on the development of community relations, equality and diversity education practice in schools and youth organisations www.credni.org.


The Education and Library Boards have received funding from the Department of Education (DE) for the provision of Community Relations Equality and Diversity (CRED) in education programmes. Applications for support under the programme are invited from schools and registered youth groups. The application is accessible from the homepage of the website and details of open applications are available on the website http://www.credni.org/news/18/.

For further information, support, advice and training on Community Relations please contact Sinead McShane, Youth Officer (Telephone: 028 3833 8556).



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The Southern Education and Library Board (the ‘Board’) was established as part of Local Government reorganisation in 1973 and is the largest of the five area Boards. The Board's principle functions are the provision of education and youth services to the District Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Newry & Mourne. It spans 1,450 square miles with a total population of approximately 390,300 including 75,767 pupils.


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