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CESI Supports Market Development Association 10-Week Education Programme

CESI’s community partner, The Market Development Association (MDA), has recently embarked upon a 10-week Education Programme in Market Community Centre.

CESI’s community partner, The Market Development Association (MDA), has recently embarked upon a 10-week Education Programme in Market Community Centre.  This programme is an outworking of year-long developments from a joint CESI and MDA action plan which has resulted in the Queen’s Communities and Place Partnership, which reflects CESI’s and the University’s ongoing engagement within this community, and supporting its continued empowerment.

On 15 September, the Programme was opened by Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, who spoke on the importance of grassroots community activism as a vehicle for positive change. The Minister will also be speaking on “Preparing for Community Action” on 16 November (Week 10).

On Week 2 (21 September), speakers provided background on the origins and history of the Market area, from the late 18th Century to the present day.

On Week 3, (28 September), Professor Colin Harvey (QUB School of Law) addressed the subject of human rights, and how local residents can challenge systemic inequalities and improve their health and wellbeing.

Subsequent weekly sessions will include talks by Professor Brendan Murtagh (CESI Sustainable Cities and Communities Thematic Lead) in Week 4 (5 October), on the topic of “Overdevelopment” and in Week 9 (9 November) on “Work”.

Week 7 (26 October) will include an address by CESI Director Professor Kathryn Higgins on “Health” and in Week 8 (2 November), CESI Fellow Professor Tony Gallagher will be speaking on “Education”.

Speaking of the series, Fionntán Hargey of MDA remarked: "Leading specialists, particularly from QUB, coming and engaging with residents in this way forms the spine of our Community Education programme, which prefaces an intense period of work in the coming year onwards, which will see a deepening of our community’s partnership with the University in the Queen’s Communities and Place programme".

Full details of the programme can be accessed via the MDA Facebook and Twitter sites.

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