Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 11, PARTNERSHIPS - Page 14

Maynooth FETC celebrated in NUI Maynooth with the learners who graduated from the Traveller Mediation and Conflict Training Initiative Programme. The event was a joyous occasion for the learners and their families and for the tutors who delivered the course and supported the learners.

The initiative was a collaborative project between the Midlands Traveller Mediation and Conflict Initiative (MTCMI), the Edward Kennedy Institute which is based in Maynooth University and KWETB. The aim of the project was to establish a peacebuilding infrastructure for respectful and peaceful resolution of conflicts between travellers, other stakeholders and the wider community. Two modules at QQI level 5, Intercultural Studies and Conflict Resolution, were delivered.

MTCMI recruited the candidates and all were interviewed by a panel from the three agencies. The Edward Kennedy Institute co-ordinated the delivery of the programme, provided tutors and accommodation and completed a research report and evaluation. KWETB funded the tuition under BTEI and supported the learners with literacy and IT assistance. KWETB also supported the tutors with the requirements necessary for quality assurance, as well as monitoring the quality of assessment of the programme.

Fourteen learners started the course with seven of them completing the two modules. They now plan to use this learning in their family and community to prevent, manage, and transform conflicts peacefully and effectively.

Traveller Mediation and Conflict Training Initiative

KWETB Tutors Joe and Louise pictured with Lily and Mary

Professor Anne Ryan and Dr. Delma Sweeney presenting the certificates to the students