Northern Ireland Program

Applications for the 22/23 year are now closed.

Every year Peaceful Schools International partners with Saint Mary’s University students to facilitate workshops about conflict resolution and peace education in elementary/primary schools in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. More than 5000 children participate in workshops every year and learn lessons about anti-bullying, standing up for themselves, listening, and dealing with emotions. The program is going into its 19th year and continues to grow!

While in Belfast, Saint Mary’s students gain extensive knowledge about the conflict in Northern Ireland and its legacy on the current political, social, and cultural landscape. Students attend talks with Belfast community members who are working to create peace in their homes, schools, and their community as a whole.

The student volunteers are highly dedicated and motivated individuals who have passions for childhood education, peaceful conflict resolution, and positive international relations. Students come from many different backgrounds and degree programs. Previous students have studied in, arts, science, commerce, and graduate studies. As a team, they spend hundreds of hours each year preparing workshops and fundraising for their travel.