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Source: Northern Ireland City of Armagh

As part of the councils borough-wide PEACE IV funded programme of activities a series of information events have been organised across the borough to offer information on a new training initiative aimed at develop skills for learning and building confidence.

Ulster University has developed a community-based training programme that will be rolled out at locations across the borough. The 12-module course is entitled Unblocking Potential: Bridge over Troublesome Knowledge and will be delivered in a community setting over a 6-8 week period. The course aims to

– Build participants’ self-confidence in their ability to study at further and higher education level;
– Develop their self-awareness and understanding of the barriers to learning; and
– Equip participants with the skills to become autonomous independent learners.

Successful completion of the course will enable students to obtain 10 academic credits at Level 3 and 10 academic credits at Level 4, which participants could use towards their points accumulation for entry to university. The course fees will be covered by the PEACE IV Programme.

Participants will acquire the following learning outcomes:

– Identify common barriers to learning and factors which hinder learning
– Gain an understanding of how early learning experiences impact upon current learning
– Develop team-working skills
– Plan and organise study time
– Gain understanding of note-taking and mind-mapping
– Analyse their own learning potential in relation to theories and models
– Gather information from a range of sources
– Communicate effectively through oral and written media

Information sessions will be held in the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge on Tuesday, 8 October from 7.00pm-8.30pm, Armagh City Hotel on Wednesday 9 October, 7.00pm-8.30pm and Seagoe Hotel, Craigavon on Thursday 10 October, 7.00pm-8.30pm

Advance booking to attend the information sessions is essential. For further information and to book you place on a session please contact Timothy Conn Tel: (028) 38 312400 (ext 1668) or Email:

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The PEACE IV Programme is a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. In addition to supporting peace and reconciliation, the programme also contributes to the promotion of social and economic stability, in particular through actions to promote cohesion between communities.

Our programmes are about bringing people and communities together and providing opportunities to engage within and across communities through a series of projects, activities and events.

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

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