Our work is driven by a belief that education at every level and for all ages has a role to play in promoting social harmony in divided and multicultural societies. Within this framework we are concerned broadly with the role that education systems play in reproducing social, economic and political divisions within society, as well as their potential for challenging these.
These issues are explored across the whole lifespan of education from the early years through compulsory schooling to adult education and lifelong learning. Underpinning much of this work is a commitment to comparative research as well as the building of strategic partnerships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
Alongside our research, we seek to devise, deliver and examine the impact of interventions designed to enhance intergroup relations through education. The Centre currently supports four such programmes in Northern Ireland and internationally, and we are committed to sharing the learning more globally. We are also in the process of developing an MEd in Intercultural Education and a series of training packages that will be offered on a flexible basis to suit a wide range of education stakeholders.