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POD Programme successfully completed in local schools

21 December 2018

Young people from a number of post primary schools around Mid Ulster have recently celebrated completing the POD (Peace on Demand) Programme.

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), POD is an innovative programme which will engage 14-16yrs from 15 post primary schools across Mid Ulster and will run until March 2020. The project is part of Mid Ulster District Council’s delivery of the PEACE Action Plan in the Mid Ulster area.

Managed by Beam Creative Network with partners BNL Productions and the Corrymeela Community, the POD Programme uses digital technology, social journalism and podcasting to explore good relations and issues that are important to young people.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake spoke of the impact the programme has had: “This programme is an example of an initiative which harnesses the power and potential of digital technologies to bring people together, finding common ground in the experiences of being a young person in today’s technologically advanced society.

“As well as new friendships and lasting links across the schools which have taken part, the young people have expanded their own individual horizons by learning new skills and increasing their practical knowledge. More local schools will be able to take advantage of this project in 2019.”

Kathryn O'Neill from Beam Creative Network said, ' The impact that this programme has had to date is fantastic. New friendships have been made, links established as schools work together and young people have embraced the ethos of what POD is about. We look forward to working with more schools and young people in 2019.'

For more information on the POD Programme, contact the PEACE IV team in Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132.

Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake pictured with pupils from 15 Mid Ulster Post-Primary schools taking part in the Peace On Demand (POD) Programme.

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