Resource training: ‘Palestine and Israel – How will there be a Just Peace?’

Training programme announcement for teachers interested in the recent publication Palestine and Israel – How will there be a Just Peace? launched in late 2013.


Palestine and Israel: How will there be a Just Peace? Sadaka_coveris a Citizenship Education Resource for Transition Year and Key Stage 4, based on Human Rights and International Law.

The resource was jointly created by CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit, The Centre for Cross Border Studies and Sadaka, following a pilot phase with educators in 2012.

About the Resource:

  • Intended to support young people in critically exploring conflict and peace building within a framework of Human Rights and International Law.
  • Looking specifically at the Palestinian/ Israeli situation, the resource provides an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and understanding, develop their skills of critical analysis, and share the experiences of those working towards a peaceful outcome.
  • Several of the lessons involve photos, maps and video clips and the resource has been supported by a strong set of original designs, infographics and illustration features.
  • The active learning methodologies used throughout the resource enable students to further develop the skills identified in the key skills frameworks for both jurisdictions.
  • Suitable for citizenship education and education for peace in terms of the Key Stage 4 curriculum in Northern Ireland and as an extension of CSPE into Transition Year education in the Republic of Ireland, as well as History components at Senior Cycle level.

A two part training programme will take place in Dublin and Cork this October and November:


Who should attend?
The workshops are designed for post primary teachers engaged in citizenship education for transition year or teaching CSPE related subjects. The workshops fulfil official Continuing Professional Development criteria.

About the facilitators:

Mary Gannon
Mary Gannon is an Education Consultant who recently completed work on the teaching and learning resource, ‘Tackling Controversial Issues in the Citizenship Classroom’ and ‘Palestine and Israel – How will there be a Just Peace’. She worked for City of Dublin Vocational Education Centre Curriculum Development Unit and recently completed the teacher training programme on equality and human rights for the Equality Authority. She specialises in curriculum development, teacher training and educational research.

Dr. Elaine Murtagh
Dr Elaine Murtagh is a lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She formerly worked as a teacher and co-ordinator of education programmes for non-governmental and statutory bodies. Elaine holds a PhD from the University of Ulster and has many scholarly publications on the links between physical activity and public health. Elaine lived in Ramallah from 2004-2006 while working as Regional Training Officer for the NGO Right To Play, a humanitarian organisation which uses sport and play as tools for community development. She was responsible for staff and curriculum development for projects in Palestinian refugee camps throughout the West Bank Lebanon and Jordan. She co-authored the resource ‘Palestine and Israel – How will there be a Just Peace’ with Mary Gannon.

Register for the Workshops:
To register for the training workshops or for further information, please contact:
Hilary Minch,, 087 9855997.

Places are limited so please register early, by Friday 3 October. The training workshops are free and a light lunch will be provided.

Leaflet: training seminar info on Palestine and Israel: How will there be a Just Peace? (PDF), autumn 2014.