chapter  10
Reconnecting young people in Northern Ireland
ByROGER AUSTIN
Pages 15

This chapter is concerned with the role of ICT in citizenship education in Northern Ireland. The main argument presented here is that the evolution of thinking about citizenship in the curriculum has taken relatively little account of the role that ICT might play in enabling schools in a divided society to work together. It is further argued that unless the concepts of intercultural competence and re-schooling are fully understood, the opportunities for reconnecting young people will be very limited. The first section sets the context through an analysis of the political and educational situation in the period since the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. The second offers a critique of citizenship education in the curriculum, and the third examines the ways in which ICT has been used to re-connect young people.