Connolly, P. (2009) Developing Programmes
to Promote Ethnic Diversity in Early Childhood: Lessons from Northern
Ireland. Working Paper No. 52. The Hague, The Netherlands:
Bernard van Leer Foundation.
This working paper focuses on some of the issues and challenges
faced in developing early childhood programmes to promote racial
and ethnic diversity in societies characterised by deep divisions
and/or conflict. The central argument of the paper is that the development,
delivery and evaluation of such programmes need to be informed by
three core values: they should be children’s rights-based,
outcomes-focused, and evidence-informed. Northern Ireland provides
a useful case study because its people are emerging from 30 years
of armed conflict. The ability to study the development of an early
childhood programme aimed at promoting understanding and respect
for ethnic diversity in such a context raises a number of fundamental
issues of relevance to a wide range of other situations and contexts.
Paul Connolly is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre
for Effective Education at Queen’s University Belfast, and
the founding Co-Director of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children
and Ethnic Diversity.
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