“Which consequences will Brexit have for the conflict in Northern Ireland?” This was the topic chosen by TY students in the German Curricular Stream for their entry in this year’s Political Education Student Competition which is organised by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). Under the direction of their German teachers Gabriele Adelberger and Dr. Jutta Baum Sheridan they explored in groups the importance of the EU for the peace process and the consequences of Brexit, especially with regard to the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the peace process since the Good Friday Agreement.
Eamon Rafter from the Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre was invited as an expert speaker to talk to the students on 7th December. Everyone now hopes that the peace process can continue intensively despite Brexit and without dividing borders.
The project was due to be handed in by 11th December 2017 and we keep our fingers crossed that our students will be awarded a prize in this competition in which St. Kilian’s has been very successful on several occasions in the past.