Despite increased international interest in the contribution of education to peacebuilding, there has been a neglect of the role that non-formal youth programming can play in this process. This article examines three such youth programmes in post-accord Northern Ireland through the theoretical lens of their contribution to social, economic and political transformations. Given the sustained context of segregation and limitations of the formal education sector as a mechanism for transformation, the paper argues that the non-formal sector has played an important role in ensuring inclusion of multiple youth perspectives in a divided society. It also raises a number of critical questions regarding the politics of multiple youth representation and the strength of genuine commitment to peacebuilding in terms of conflict transformation.
conflict transformation, non-formal sector, Northern Ireland, peacebuilding, post-accord transformation, youth representation
Ellison, Christine Smith
"The Role of Youth in Post Accord Transformation in Northern Ireland,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 21:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol21/iss1/2