Rural Respecting Difference Programme Underway

A group of teachers, classroom assistants and afterschool leaders are among the first to be trained under the new Rural Respecting Difference Programme (RRDP). The training programme has been held recently in both Truagh and Newry.

Rural Respecting Difference Programme Underway

Using a set of specially created persona puppets the programme offers an, effective and child friendly way to develop emotional literacy and empower young children to develop positive attitudes to difference. Each puppet has its own identity and media message with the purpose of engaging children to help them develop positive attitudes to physical, social and cultural differences amongst young children. The messages also address bullying behaviours, and is aimed at rural based Primary schools and Afterschool clubs in a number of border areas between Northern Ireland and the Southern counties.

Upon completion of the training participant schools and afterschools receive a comprehensive resource pack, including the 6 persona puppets, jigsaws, games, posters, stickers and much more to help with the delivery of the programme in the classroom. The Programme is aimed at rural based primary schools and afterschool clubs in a number of border areas between Northern Ireland and the Southern counties. If you are interested and would like to find out the target area for the programme and any upcoming training, please contact Seana Quinn on 028 8676 6980.

The programme is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU’s PEACE III Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and is being delivered jointly by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council (RDC), Early Years, and the Border Counties Childhood Network (BCCN)

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